BAC Might Need $45B to De-Risk, Analyst Says
Bank of America might need to raise $45 billion by 2019 to de-risk its balance sheet, with vulnerability largely in the residential real estate sector, one “Fast Money” analyst said Tuesday.
“The real risk really comes from the overhang we get from Countrywide,” said Marty Mosby, managing director at Guggenheim Securities.
Bank of America acquired Countrywide Financial, the nation’s largest subprime mortgage lender, in 2008.
Mosby said that the largest risk for BAC could include mortgage put-backs and home equity products.
“Those are products that are still here domestically, the ones that have the most potential stress if we were to dip into another recession,” he said.
Mosby said he believed that Bank of America had enough capital to pass stress tests, even the more stringent financial standards laid out by Basel III. But increased guidelines would mean more capital BAC would have to raise, up to $45 billion.
Mosby rated the stock “neutral” and set a price target of $6.50 per share. BAC stock closed at $5.48, down more than 2 percent.
Trader Anthony Scaramucci said he continued to like financials stocks.
“Let’s clear out where we are today, and let’s price them for next year,” he said. “I think these stocks are very, very cheap.”
Scaramucci said investors could expect the Federal Reserve to “flood the market with capital if necessary.”
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