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Stocks Tick Up After Goldman Earnings Soar, But Key Economic Indicator Shows Consumer Worries

Stocks Tick Up After Goldman Earnings Soar, But Key Economic Indicator Shows Consumer Worries

Topline

Stocks barely budged Wednesday morning after a mixed bag of pre-market earnings results revealed that the economic recovery is still suffering from weak fundamentals.

Key Facts

As of 9:35 a.m., the Dow Jones Industrial Average had edged up .1%, while the S&P 500 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq ticked up .2% and .5%, respectively.

Shares of Goldman Sachs climbed 1% after the New York-based investment banking giant reported $3.5 billion in profits and a 30% surge in revenue fueled by the mid-pandemic trading boom. 

Bank of America, on the other hand, failed to impress investors, posting mixed results for the third quarter that beat analysts expectations on profits, which totaled $4.9 billion, but fell behind on revenue expectations; its shares are down nearly 3%.

Wells Fargo shares are down 3% after reporting a 56% drop in quarterly earnings due to decreased interest income in light of historically low interest rates, the firm said.

Global markets were also fairly tepid on Wednesday: As of market open, the United Kingdom’s FTSE 100 had fallen .4%, and France’s CAC 40 was virtually flat, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 ended Wednesday up just .1%.

The consumer price index for September–a key measure of inflation–came in slightly below expectations, rising .19% during the month and leading to an unchanged year-over-year rate of 1.7%.

Key Background

The Covid-19 pandemic threw the economy into a deep recession, and Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida said Wednesday morning that the U.S. economy needs another year–or maybe more–until it fully recovers. The recovery thus far has been marked by slowed job growth, layoffs that remain high and a volatile stock market that’s been rocked in recent weeks by mounting uncertainty around

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PennyMac Financial Services, Inc. Announces Proposed Private Offering of Additional 5.375% Senior Notes

PennyMac Financial Services, Inc. Announces Proposed Private Offering of Additional 5.375% Senior Notes

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 14, 2020–

PennyMac Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE: PFSI) (the “Company”) today announced that it intends to offer an additional amount of its 5.375% Senior Notes due 2025 (such additional amount, the “New Notes”). The New Notes will be issued under the indenture governing the Company’s $500 million aggregate principal amount of 5.375% Senior Notes due 2025 issued on September 29, 2020 (the “Existing Notes”). The New Notes, if issued, will be treated as a single series with the Existing Notes and will have the same terms as the Existing Notes, other than with respect to the date of issuance and the issue price.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds from this offering for general corporate purposes, which may include the repayment of the Company’s existing secured warehouse borrowings. The offering is subject to market conditions and other factors. The offering will be made solely by means of a private placement to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and to certain non-U.S. persons pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act.

The New Notes have not been and are not expected to be registered under the Securities Act or under any state securities laws and, unless so registered, may not be offered or sold in the United States or to U.S. persons absent an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any security in any jurisdiction in which such offering, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

About PennyMac Financial Services, Inc.

PennyMac Financial Services, Inc.

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The Finance 202: Joe Biden’s tax plan would barely dent growth, conservative group finds

The Finance 202: Joe Biden’s tax plan would barely dent growth, conservative group finds

The analysis concludes Biden’s plan would raise $2.8 trillion over the next decade from higher taxes on businesses, corporations and the wealthiest households. Over that time, AEI projects the higher taxes would reduce economic growth by a relatively modest 0.16 percent.

The plan would “make the tax code more progressive,” AEI’s Kyle Pomerlau and Grant Seiter write. And after slightly crimping growth in its first decade, it would “reduce debt-to-GDP in the second decade, leading to slightly higher GDP. However, in the long term, his plan would not raise enough to stabilize debt-to-GDP and would lead to a 0.18 percent smaller economy.”

The macroeconomic drag the AEI model anticipates roughly aligns with other analyses from the Tax Foundation and the Penn Wharton Budget Model, Pomerlau notes. In other words, rolling back most of the Trump tax cuts wouldn’t bring about the economic Armageddon the Trump campaign has depicted.

Neither would it jack up taxes on every American. 

Vice President Pence made that claim during his debate with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.),  Biden’s running mate, last week. The AEI analysis finds the top 1 percent of taxpayers would see a 14.2 percent hit to their after-tax income next year. The rest of the top 5 percent would face a small uptick in their burden. But everyone else would receive an after-tax income bump. The largest such increase, of 11.3 percent, would go to the bottom 10 percent, thanks to a temporary expansion of the child tax credit, according to AEI.

The analysis finds that starting in 2030, the Biden plan would impose “modest” tax hikes on the bottom 95 percent of earners, which it attributes to higher taxes on businesses. That would appear to violate Biden’s pledge not to raise taxes on anyone earning less than $400,000

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Macy’s, Inc. Announces Chief Financial Officer Transition

Macy’s, Inc. Announces Chief Financial Officer Transition

Adrian V. Mitchell to become Chief Financial Officer effective November 2, 2020

Felicia Williams, interim Chief Financial Officer, to join CEO Action for Racial Equity as a Macy’s, Inc. Fellow

Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) today announced that Adrian V. Mitchell has been appointed chief financial officer, to take effect November 2, 2020.

Mitchell will be responsible for leading all finance functions including, accounting, treasury, investor relations, internal audit, financial/capital planning & analysis, and procurement. He will report to Jeff Gennette, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc.

“We’re delighted that Adrian is joining Macy’s, Inc. at this crucial time in our company’s journey and look forward to welcoming him on November 2,” said Gennette. “In a retail environment where change is accelerating beyond what we could have imagined a year ago, Adrian’s depth of financial and operational experience, coupled with his leadership in strategy, innovation, and transformation, will help us on our path to emerge a stronger company.”

Mitchell has extensive retail experience and a track record of success in financial, operational and strategy roles. Mitchell joins Macy’s, Inc. from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he is a Managing Director and Partner in the Digital BCG and Consumer Practices. Since joining BCG in 2017, Mitchell has led client work with a wide variety of retailers, helping them to solve their toughest challenges in an increasingly competitive and disruptive environment. Working primarily with Fortune 500 companies, his projects included organic and inorganic growth strategy, large-scale operational improvement projects and digital, data & advanced analytics efforts within retail operations across automotive, drugstore, fast food, mass and specialty retail companies.

Prior to joining BCG, Mitchell had wide-ranging retail experiences. This includes serving as Board Director and member of the Audit and Finance Committee at Recreational Equipment, Inc. from 2016 to 2017. He served

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Bank of America Reports Third-Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Bank of America Reports Third-Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Bank of America reported its third-quarter 2020 financial results today. The news release, supplemental filing and investor presentation can be accessed in the following ways:

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201014005476/en/

Investor Conference Call information:
Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan and Chief Financial Officer Paul Donofrio will discuss the financial results in a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET today. For a listen-only connection to the conference call, dial 1.877.200.4456 (U.S.) or 1.785.424.1732 (international), and the conference ID is 79795.

Please dial in 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. Investors can also listen to a live audio webcast of the conference call and view the presentation slides by visiting the “Events and Presentations” section of the company’s Investor Relations website.

Replay information for Investor Conference Call:
Investors can access replays of the conference call by visiting the Investor Relations website or by calling 1.800.934.4850 (U.S.) or 1.402.220.1178 (international) from noon ET on October 14, through 11:59 p.m. ET on October 23.

Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 66 million consumer and small business clients with approximately 4,300 retail financial centers, including approximately 2,900 lending centers, 2,500 financial centers with a Consumer Investment Financial Solutions Advisor and approximately 2,300 business centers; approximately 17,000 ATMs; and award-winning digital banking with approximately 39 million active users, including approximately 31 million mobile users. Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments,

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