Will a Recent Earnings Release Offer Wells Fargo a Boost?

With shares of Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) trading around $41, is WFC an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

Wells Fargo is a diversified financial services company. It has three operating segments: Community Banking; Wholesale Banking; and Wealth, Brokerage, and Retirement. The company provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services through banking stores and offices, the Internet, and other distribution channels to individuals, businesses, and institutions around the world. Wells Fargo also provides wholesale banking, mortgage banking, consumer finance, equipment leasing, agricultural finance, commercial finance, securities brokerage and investment banking, insurance agency and brokerage services, computer and data processing services, trust services, investment advisory services, mortgage-backed securities servicing, and venture capital investment.

Wells Fargo reported record net income of $5.6 billion, or $0.99 per diluted common share, for third quarter 2013, up from $4.9 billion, or $0.88 per share, for third quarter 2012. “As our economy continues to transition to higher interest rates, our diversified business model and strong risk discipline contributed to record earnings per share along with continued strength in return on assets, return on equity and capital. “The improvement in the housing market has been beneficial to our customers and significantly contributed to our broad-based credit improvement in the quarter,” said Chairman and CEO John Stumpf.