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  • April 14- Wells Fargo& Co, the largest U.S. mortgage lender, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as revenue from mortgage banking rose after four quarters of decline. "Our mortgage business was able to serve more customers by refinancing their mortgage loans with lower rates," Wells Fargo Chief Executive John Stumpf said in a statement on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, April 9- A lawyer for Nomura Holdings Inc argued on Thursday that a U.S. regulator relied on "voodoo science" to pursue claims that the bank made false statements in selling $2 billion in mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. David Tulchin, Nomura's lawyer, urged a Manhattan federal judge to reject the Federal Housing Finance Agency's...

  • His testimony came as the defense sought to show that any losses Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac suffered on the $2 billion in securities at issue were caused not by any false statements the banks made but by the collapse in the housing market. Mudd, who left Fannie Mae in 2008 following its government takeover, told a lawyer for Nomura that macroeconomic factors,...

  • But a U.S. regulator cited the email as evidence that Nomura Holdings Inc and RBS made false statements about mortgage securities they sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The FHFA's case is the first to reach trial out of 18 lawsuits the regulator filed in 2011 over some $200 billion in mortgage-backed securities that various banks sold Fannie Mae and Freddie...

  • NEW YORK, March 26- The New York Federal Reserve officials tasked with prying interest rates off the floor have been meeting with bankers and traders to plot how best to do it, amid deep uncertainty over how much control they will really have over short-term lending markets. With the U.S. central bank expected to raise rates later this year, Simon Potter and his team...

  • UPDATE 5-Google poaches Morgan Stanley's CFO Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 1:11 PM ET

    *Google shares up 2.5 pct. March 24- Google Inc said it hired Ruth Porat, chief financial officer at Morgan Stanley, as its own finance chief, a move signaling that the search engine company may be looking to bear down on fast growing expenses. Porat has helped execute a sweeping cost-cutting strategy across several business lines at Morgan Stanley.

  • UPDATE 4-Google hires Morgan Stanley CFO Porat as CFO Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 11:31 AM ET

    March 24- Morgan Stanley Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat is leaving the bank to become Google Inc's CFO, the latest Wall Street executive to move to Silicon Valley, where fortunes can be built fast but businesses can also become irrelevant overnight. Porat, a California native, joined Morgan Stanley in 1987, and led Morgan Stanley's investment banking...

  • March 24- Ocwen Financial Corp said it would sell an additional $25 billion of servicing rights on agency loans to a subsidiary of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc, its fourth such deal in two months. The portfolio being sold to Nationstar comprises about 142,000 performing loans owned by government-controlled mortgage finance firms Freddie Mac and Fannie...

  • Lennar Corp, Toll Brothers Inc and KB Home, among the top six builders, together reported an average 19 percent increase in orders in the latest quarter, up from 3.3 percent in the same period last year. Lennar, the No.2 U.S. homebuilder after D.R. Horton Inc, said on Thursday it expected single-family housing starts and permits to rebound "shortly".

  • March 18- Ocwen Financial Corp said it was selling residential mortgage servicing rights worth $9.6 billion to a subsidiary of Walter Investment Management Corp. Ocwen, which delayed filing its full-year results, also said it was reviewing the ability of its affiliate, Home Loan Servicing Solutions Ltd, to meet obligations to fund new servicing advances.

  • March 18- Ocwen Financial Corp said it will sell residential mortgage servicing rights worth $9.6 billion to Green Tree Loan Servicing LLC, a subsidiary of Walter Investment Management Corp..

  • WASHINGTON, March 18- U.S. housing finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could require more bailouts from U.S. taxpayers as risks are rising due to shrinking reserves, an internal watchdog for the firms' regulator said on Wednesday. Taxpayers pumped $116.1 billion into Fannie Mae following the U.S. housing market collapse, while Freddie Mac was propped up...

  • House Republicans take aim at Dodd-Frank in budget plan Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 11:20 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 17- Republican lawmakers took aim at the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law Tuesday, unveiling a plan that would gut regulators' authority to manage the collapse of big banks and give Congress direct control of the U.S. consumer finance bureau's budget. The proposal, led by House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, pledges to make "great strides...

  • NEW YORK, March 16- A U.S. housing regulator urged a federal judge on Monday to award it $1.1 billion due to false claims made about "crap" mortgages underlying securities sold by Nomura Holdings Inc to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ahead of the 2008 financial crisis. At the start of a trial in Manhattan federal court, a lawyer for the Federal Housing Finance Agency said...

  • NEW YORK, March 13- A U.S. housing regulator is set to take two of the world's biggest banks to trial on Monday to try and recoup more than $1 billion in damages over mortgage bonds sold to government-run mortgage finance companies ahead of the 2008 economic crisis. Lawyers for the regulator will face off with attorneys of Nomura Holdings Inc and Royal Bank of...

  • There's a new mortgage crisis brewing: Dick Bove Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 12:09 PM ET
    Richard Bove of Rafferty Capital Markets.

    There's a new mortgage crisis brewing — only this one is completely different than the one in 2008, says bank analyst Dick Bove.

  • And the next likely regional Fed presidents are... Sunday, 1 Feb 2015 | 3:36 AM ET
    Matthew Rutherford, assistant secretary for financial markets at the U.S. Treasury

    A U.S. Treasury official and a director at the New York Federal Reserve are among those who have been considered to replace two hawkish Fed policymakers, according to people familiar with the searches.

  • Getting a mortgage easier than you think: Survey Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 9:54 AM ET

    Getting a mortgage in the U.S. may be easier than many borrowers think, according to a survey released Monday by Wells Fargo.

  • Goldman Sachs to resolve FHFA claims for $3.15B Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 5:57 PM ET

    Goldman said it would repurchase the securities sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the 2005-2007 period.

  • Ackman files another suit against government Saturday, 16 Aug 2014 | 1:06 PM ET
    Bill Ackman

    In the complaint, Pershing Square alleged that Treasury illegally seized tens of billions of dollars in Fannie and Freddie profits.