Wells Fargo’s lack of a sizable investment bank and trading operations is a bit of a Rorschach Test for analysts and investors. On the one hand, it makes it harder to compete for business from the largest of large corporates, since it is not a full one stop shop. On the other hand, it means higher-quality earnings from bread-and-butter banking and reduced exposure to the wildly cyclical and low return world of investment-banking and trading. Given its impressive dividend yield of 4.1% as of this writing, we think the shares have a floor beneath them, barring any additional scandals coming to light--something we think is unlikely at this stage. Our fair value estimate remains $52 per share.
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