The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights:Bank of America, Walter Investment Management, Ocwen Financial, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings

     The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights:Bank of America, Walter Investment
 Management, Ocwen Financial, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings and Morgan Stanley

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CHICAGO, Jan. 10, 2013

CHICAGO, Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Zacks.com announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog includeBank of America Corporation
(NYSE:BAC), Walter Investment Management Corp. (AMEX:WAC), OcwenFinancial
Corp. (NYSE:OCN), NationstarMortgage Holdings Inc. (NYSE:NSM) and Morgan
Stanley (NYSE:MS).

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Here are highlights from Wednesday's Analyst Blog:

BofA to Continue Selling MSRs

Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC) is again considering the sale of
mortgage servicing rights (MSRs). This time, MSRs worth more than $100 billion
are up for sale. BofA is taking is step to scale down its non-core operations
and further strengthen the balance sheet.

Additionally, given the new capital regulations, servicing of loans is
becoming a costly affair for the banks. BofA's mortgage servicing expenses has
shot up tremendously over the last few quarters. In the third quarter of 2012,
it stood at $3.4 million as the company had to hire employees to work with
those customers who are late in loan repayments.

At the same time, specialized mortgage-servicing companies, such as Walter
Investment Management Corp. (AMEX:WAC), OcwenFinancial Corp. (NYSE:OCN) and
NationstarMortgage Holdings Inc. (NYSE:NSM), are capitalizing on such sales
and building their businesses. Over the last couple of years, these companies
have been purchasing MSRs from major banks, including BofA and Morgan Stanley
(NYSE:MS), and enhancing their organic growth prospect.

Earlier in the week, two definitive agreements have been signed by BofA with
Walter Investment and Nationstar related to the sale of MSRs on some
residential mortgage loans. The company stated that MSRs worth $215 billion
were sold to Nationstar for $1.3 billion, while Walter Investment is
purchasing MSRs on $93 billion worth of mortgages for $519 million. Also, in
June 2012, the company announced a deal to sell $10.4 billion worth of MSRs to
Nationstar Mortgage Holdings' wholly-owned subsidiary – Nationstar Mortgage
LLC.

Currently, BofA retains a Zacks Rank #3, which translates into a short-term
Hold rating. We believe that BofA's plan to vend off MSRs will be positive for
the company and would enable it to act towards its goal of focusing on core
and profitable operations. This would enhance investors' confidence in the
stock, and hence there is a chance for upward estimate revisions. This in
turn, could also lead to an improvement in its Zacks Rank.

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