BAC, WFC Credit Continues To Deteriorate As Investors Increasingly Price In Foreclosure Fraud Risk
Both Bank of America and Wells Fargo are refusing to go with the euphoric melt up flow, at least in stocks, and are now wider by about 13 bps each (latest rerack: BAC 177.5 +13.50; WFC 115.50 +12.5) as investors begin fretting about just how serious foreclosure fraud may be, and its impacts on banks. And yes, this is isolated to foreclosure fraud, as all the other non-originator-cum-servicers are flattish to tighter on the day (oddly, Block is wider by almost 100 bps to 515 from 422.5, and we can't quite explain the reason just yet). As we pointed out earlier, when JPM stock was still up for the day, look for this credit weakness to spill over more into stocks as Fed-frontrunners realize that the Fed, with even a $4 trillion balance sheet, where it will be in a year, will be unable to keep all the moving parts on the banks' $15 trillion liabilities in check (not to mention the $18 trillion in shadow liabilities). Bottom line - very soon foreclosure fraud will finally start to be priced into financials first, then everything else. It already has infected credit.
h/t Credit Trader