The Trump administration argued in a legal brief Friday that the president has the power to fire the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, siding with a financial firm that is fighting a $109 million fine in court.
The case at issue is being closely watched by Wall Street and consumer advocates because it challenges the constitutionality of the CFPB. Legal experts say it is unusual for the Department of Justice to lodge such opposition to a federal agency.
“It is virtually unheard of,” said Patricia McCoy, a professor at Boston College Law School who oversaw CFPB mortgage policy in 2011.
The fate of the watchdog agency is in jeopardy as President Trump and Republicans set out to dismantle Obama-era financial regulations.
Established in 2011 as part of the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPB has taken on shady payday lenders, the nation’s largest student loan company, and big banks like Wells Fargo.
Critics claim the agency creates too many rules and ends up hurting Americans who need credit.
Top Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: ThyssenKrupp AG (TYEKF)
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
In addition, the company announced that it has agreed to acquire a steel plant in Brazil from ThyssenKrupp (NASDAQOTH:TYEKF) for $1.3 billion. While that plant has had its share of problems in the past, Ternium is getting it for a good value, and it has upside potential. The company paid slightly less than five times EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) for the facility. As the following chart shows, that’s below the value that steel-company stocks trade for these days:
Top Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation(WAB)
- [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]
Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (WAB) scores highly based on my Warren Buffett-based model, which is based on the book Buffettology, and also the Peter Lynch-inspired approach that uses the method outlined by Lynch in One Up on Wall Street.
Top Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc.(ALSN)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
With a neutral sector rating, we are working on evaluating risks to negative calls, and identifying potential value opportunities. Last week we noted more work might be worthwhile on Wabco Holdings (WBC), Terex, Manitowoc (MTW), and Caterpillar, two of those names have rallied for other reasons but the attractive price made the upside/downside skew up. We remain positive (OW) on Allison Transmission Holdings (ALSN) & United Rentals. Our and consensus 2017Allison Transmission Holdings estimates have fallen by 2% vs. ~15% for the group, while the shares are down 10% since launch. We continue to see United Rentals as the best value in our group…
Top Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: FibroGen, Inc(FGEN)
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
The market remains resistant (Rs over Ss and Ns). Brokerages, banks and insurance companies continue their league-leading strength. The Russell 2000 Index is up for the 15th consecutive day. Retail extends yesterday’s strength. Nordstrom (JWN) , Macy’s (M) , Best Buy (BBY) , Target (TGT) , Walmart (WMT) , Foot Locker (FL) and JCPenney (JCP) are strong. First day down for Amazon (AMZN) . Agricultural commodities are lackluster, but soybeans are up another up $0.05 today, up substantially for three days in a row. Speculative biotech (Sage (SAGE) , FibroGen (FGEN) , Acadia Pharmaceuticals (ACAD) and Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI) ) stronger after recent weakness. Ag equipment up big time after the Deere (DE) beat.
Top Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: News Corporation(NWS)
- [By Monica Gerson]
News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS) reported a profit of $506 million, or $0.87 per share for the year ended June 30, versus a year-ago loss of $2.08 billion, or $3.58 per share. Its revenue rose 2.7% to $8.89 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.57 per share on revenue of $8.96 billion. News Corp shares fell 1.28% to close at $16.91 on Friday.