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July 24, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard
Carving out more costs from its retail operations, Bank of America Corp.  has shut down more than 1,500 automated teller machines this year, a regulatory filing shows -- about 9% of its network. The reductions leave the Charlotte, N.C., bank, once the nation's largest as measured by assets, with 16,220 ATMs at the end of June. JPMorgan Chase & Co., currently the largest bank by assets, has more than 18,000. Bank of America's ATMs peaked at about 18,100 in the second quarter of 2010, 10% higher than current levels.
July 19, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
Bank of America Corp.'s cost-cutting binge is reviving profit, but Wall Street remains wary of the financial giant's persistent mortgage woes. The Charlotte, N.C., bank posted a $2.5-billion second-quarter profit thanks to an aggressive plan to reduce expenses across a number of businesses. But that has done little to help expand revenue as the bank navigates more signs of trouble in its massive lending business. Troubling analysts is that BofA's profit margin on lending and deposit-taking shrunk to less than 2.4%, the lowest of any of the nation's biggest banks.
June 22, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
Moody's Investors Service slashed the credit ratings of more than a dozen giant global banks amid worries that Europe's economic turmoil could slow both profit and growth. The downgrades, announced after the close of U.S. financial markets Thursday, included Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanley, Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. The move came as the 15 banks singled out by Moody's try to navigate through the European debt crisis, which could have a major effect on their trading businesses.
May 7, 2012 | David Lazarus
This is a story of persistence. In the case of Miriam Ramirez, it's the story of trying to obtain a much-needed loan modification from Bank of America. In BofA's case, it's the story of giving a mortgage customer the runaround for two years . Loan modifications have been an increasingly nettlesome issue as millions of homeowners struggle to make mortgage payments during the economic slump. The Obama administration has called upon banks to be more diligent in assisting customers prior to foreclosing on properties.
May 3, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
Wells Fargo & Co. has become so dominant in the mortgage business that major investors and federal regulators are worried that a financial hiccup at the giant bank could roil the already beleaguered real estate market. Wells originates 34% of all home loans - more than the combined total of the next seven biggest mortgage lenders. That's why regulators are closely watching the San Francisco bank, Paul J. Miller, a former Federal Reserve bank examiner, said Thursday. "The problem is there's a lot of systemic risk when one company has that much of the market," said Miller, an analyst specializing in mortgages at FBR Capital Markets & Co. Wells Fargo's balance sheet is viewed by analysts as being among the strongest of the nation's banks, and a major distress in its mortgage business is seen as unlikely.
April 20, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
Bank of America Corp.has become the nation's incredible shrinking bank - and shareholders don't seem to mind at all. The Charlotte, N.C., bank has slashed staff, combined business units and dialed back its massive mortgage business. These steps helped the bank post $3.6 billion in operating profit during the first three months of the year - a 40% surge - even as revenue fell 2.5%. The rebound has delivered a 60% jump in the company's battered stock price this year. Chief Executive Brian Moynihan told Wall Street on Tuesday that the bank has squeezed out more profit under a plan to divest businesses, cut costs and clean up its mortgage business.
April 19, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Income at both Bank of America Corp. and Morgan Stanley took a tumble in the first quarter, but excluding one-time accounting charges, both banks' earnings managed to beat analyst expectations. Both stocks are now trading up. Bank of America roared out of the gate before settling a bit in morning trading, where it is now up 1.3%, or 12 cents, to $9.04 a share. Morgan Stanley also deflated a bit after starting strong, but is still trading up 3.2%, or 57 cents, at $18.23. Bank of America said its net income fell to $653 million, or 3 cents a share, from $2 billion, or 17 cents a share a year earlier.
April 18, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
The shareholder rejection of Citigroup Inc. Chief Executive Vikram Pandit's $15-million pay package has some on Wall Street wondering if the same fate might be in store for the heads of other big U.S. banks. Both Wells Fargo & Co. and Bank of America Corp. will ask shareholders in the coming weeks to vote on a "say on pay" proposal. Corporate governance experts and activist shareholders expect that these votes will capture even more attention now that Citi's shareholders have said they want Pandit's compensation to be dialed back.
April 13, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Dirma Rodriguez had five minutes to gather her things and vacate the West Adams house she and her severely disabled daughter had lived in for more than 25 years. As a property manager changed the locks, Rodriguez fluttered back and forth from the yard — where a pile of stuff lay by the kitchen stove — to her car, where her daughter, Ingrid Ortiz, sat screaming and crying. How Rodriguez and Ortiz ended up in this predicament is a long, messy story that resounds with a misery all too common in this age of foreclosure.
April 10, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. Occupy D.C. activists, like those in some other cities, are adopting a new tactic. They call it “sleepful protest.” Over the weekend, Occupy D.C. activists established what they hoped would be a permanent camp outside a Bank of America branch near the White House. There was but one tent -- and it was purely symbolic, with protesters sleeping on the street instead. Activists say they're returning to Occupy's roots.
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