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So how much worse will things get for Wells Fargo? Continuing to hold my Put Options but maybe taking a little profit
On today’s bad news from JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Citigroup (C), and, especially, Wells Fargo (WFC), the Wells Fargo Put Options (WFC201016P00025000) I hold in my Volatility Portfolio had gained 20.62% to $3.10 as of 2 p.m. New York time today. That still leaves this position underwater since I added these Puts (strike price $25) to the portfolio back on April 6, 2020 at $3.70. But these Puts still have a long time to run
“I don’t think anybody should leave any bank earnings call this quarter simply feeling like the worst is absolutely behind us and it’s a rosy path ahead,” Citigroup (C) CEO Michael Corbat said this morning as he announced the bank’s second quarter earnings. “We don’t want people leaving the call simply thinking the world is a great place and it’s a V-shaped recovery.”
Disney parks re-open in Florida as state hits record new coronavirus cases; Hong Kong park closes again
On Sunday, Florida reported the highest single-day total of new coronavirus cases by any state since the start of the pandemic. The 15,299 new cases surpassed the previous high for any state on a single day of 12,274 recorded in New York on April 4. The record comes just one day after Disney re-opened its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks in Orlando.
Wells Fargo (WFC) will cut thousands of jobs later this year, Bloomberg reported today. The bank, the largest employers among U.S. banks, is facing intense pressure to cut costs. So far in the coronavirus economic downturn,U.S. banks have resisted large-scale layoffs. Could the move by Wells Fargo be a turning point for the sector?
As I wrote in my earlier Morning Brief, the stock market seems to be selling (generalization I know) what I’m calling “re-opening dependent” stocks. And nervous about the tech stock winners that have led the recent days in this rally ahead of next week’s earnings season. What should you be watching/doing right now?
Wells Fargo (WFC) said today that it will cut its current 51-cent dividend after the Federal Reserve’s most recent round of stress tests set new limits on dividend payouts and share buybacks. The bank said it will announce the size of the cut on July 14 when it announces quarterly earnings. Analysts expect a cut to 20 cents a share.
Prices on options market are saying that there’s an awful lot of risk in some of the stocks that have soared the most in the rally of the last few weeks. Buyer beware! at this point.
As of 1 p.m. New York time today Meituan Dianping (MPNGF) shares were up 17.52% after the company reported better than forecast sales of 16.8 billion yuan ($2.4 billion) for the quarter that ended on Mach 31. The company reported a lower than projected loss of 1.58 billion yuan ($221 million.) Year over year revenue fell by just 13% in the period.
People’s Bank says it will resort to “more powerful” policies to stimulate China’s economy but leaves details vague
Think of it as a first step toward a policy move and not as an actual plan for action. In its quarterly monetary policy report released Sunday, the People’s Bank of China said it will resort to “more powerful” policies to counter unprecedented economic challenges from the coronavirus pandemic. The central bank will “work to offset the virus impact with more powerful policies,” paying more attention to economic growth and jobs while it balances multiple policy targets. One key absence in the report: The bank dropped its earlier promise to “avoid excess liquidity flooding the economy” from the fourth quarter of 2019.
I still love Twilio (TWLO) for the long term. It’s positioning in the forefront of providing aps and a developer platform for linking multi-device input and replies into a single network makes this a stock that I want in my portfolio for the next five years (a long-time in technology stocks) or longer. But today Twilio also ran into one of my strictest rules–When I stock goes parabolic, I go horizontal–as in out the door.