Banking Statistics: The “Big Four” Banks Hold 39% of All U.S. Customer Deposits

We had spotted several banking stats in the past – we know, for example, that banks made one third of all corporate profits in the world. ALL corporate profits. We also know the most profitable bank in the world – We also know Okay, this data is as of 2009, but the facts are not so much outdated – here is another reason there are some banks that are really too big to fail –

“In the United States, the “big four” banks hold 39% of all U.S. customer deposits (as of 2009), and consist of:

Bank of America
Citigroup, through its Citibank subsidiary
JPMorgan Chase, through its Chase subsidiary
Wells Fargo”

Statistics Source: Wikipedia

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Italy’s Borrowing Costs Inching Up Again

One of our favorite spotting grounds here at Statspotting has been Italy’s borrowing costs. We had spotted some stats on Italy’s borrowing costs in the past (Read 6.64 Percent: Italy’s Borrowing Costs At A Euro-Era High) – we spotted this today:

” Italy’s borrowing costs rose to 5.84 percent at a benchmark 10-year bond auction on Friday, their highest level since January, after a credit ratings cut for Spain overnight added to markets’ concerns about the debt of weaker euro zone countries.

The two-notch downgrade by rating agency Standard & Poor’s weighed on euro zone bond markets ahead of the Italian sale, further increasing the cost the Treasury had to shoulder to sell 5.95 billion euros in bonds.”

Statistics Source: Reuters

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‘Flash Crash’ In India’s NSE: 7 Percent Fall In Few Minutes

We spotted multiple high frequency trading stats and flash crash stats in the past. We spotted this today:

“More details are emerging on Friday’s ‘flash crash’ incident. In a communique to trading members, the National Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday revealed that algorithms had no role to play in S&P CNX Nifty futures’ near-seven per cent crash within the space of a few minutes last week. Such a message was put out by the exchange on Monday morning on broker trading terminal NOW (Neat-on-web).

However, NSE in the same message said the crash in Infosys shares “seems to be due to a member’s algorithm malfunctioning”. NSE further said, “Nifty price variation on that day is also being examined and prima facie, the price fall does not appear to be born out of similar circumstances. A detailed examination is underway and a report is being submitted to Sebi (Securities and Exchange Board of India).”

Statistics Source: Business Standard

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47.4 Percent: Apple’s Gross Margin For Q2 2012

That is definitely an amazing number – we had spotted multiple Apple stats in the past, we spotted this today:

“But the real stand-out is the 47.4 percent gross margin Apple hit for the quarter. When they were at 44 percent last quarter, company executives went out of their way to note that they probably wouldn’t hit that type of margin again. Instead, they shot past it.”

Statistics Source: Parislemon

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‘1 Trillion Euros Is Not Enough’

We had spotted multiple stats on the Fed lending money to European banks – we spotted this today:

“The European Central Bank pulled out all the stops to prevent a credit crunch by providing banks with €1 trillion in ultra-low cost financing.
The move, which was hailed as a game changer, helped ease pressure on eurozone nations as some banks used the money to buy government bonds.

But the potency of the ECB’s two long-term refinancing operations, or LTROs, appears to be fading as yields on Spanish and Italian bonds have shot higher in recent weeks.”

Statistics Source: CNN Money

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Which Stock Went Up 43 Percent Today?

We have spotted some interesting one day stock moves in the past – we spotted this today:

“AOL said early Monday that it is selling hundreds of patents to Microsoft Corp. for more than $1 billion. The news sent shares of AOL surging.
AOL (AOL) agreed to sell more than 800 patents to Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) for $1.1 billion in cash. AOL also granted a non-exclusive license to Microsoft for the rest of its patents.

Shares of AOL spiked 43% to close at $26.40.”

Statistics Source: CNN Money

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Electronic Trading Stats: Now More Than 60 Percent of Global Forex Trading

We had spotted multiple stats on high frequency trading. We spotted this today:

“Strong growth in electronic trading activity last year pushed electronic foreign exchange volumes above 60% of the overall global FX market for the first time, according to the results of Greenwich Associates recent Global Foreign Exchange Services Study.”

Statistics Source: HFTReview

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High Frequency Trading: 18,000 Mini-Crashes In The Past Five Years

We had spotted some hft stats before. We spotted this today:

” “Financial black swans driven by ultrafast machine ecology”, more than 18,000 instances of ultrafast mini-crashes have occurred over the past five years — almost ten per trading day on average. These mini-crashes took place in under 1.5 seconds, with many happening in less than one-tenth of a second, and moved the stock price by more than 0.8 percent. There is some evidence that the faster the trades, the higher the likelihood of an incident.”

Statistics Source: Neil Johnson via HFTReview

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The Most Profitable Bank In The World

We spotted this today:

“The Fed earned $77.4 billion last year, according to financial statements released to the public Tuesday. And yes, they were audited (by Deloitte and Touche).
While that’s a slight tick down from the Fed’s 2010 earnings, it’s still a massive figure.
To put it in perspective, consider this: Last year, the Fed earned more than America’s top five largest banks — JPMorgan Chase (JPM, Fortune 500), Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500), Citigroup (C, Fortune 500), Wells Fargo (WFC, Fortune 500) and Goldman Sachs (GS, Fortune 500) — combined.”

Statistics Source: CNN Money

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Apple Is Now Worth Half A Trillion Dollars

Spotting stats around Apple’s market cap has been a favorite of ours here at Statspotting. We spotted this today:

“Apple’s market cap just hit $500 billion.
Its stock price moved past its 52-week high to $536.39 in after-hours trading.
For this latest surge, credit Apple’s killer holiday sales for the iPhone and big anticipation for Apple’s iPad 3 announcement, coming next week.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-is-worth-half-a-trillion-dollars-2012-2#ixzz1nj6IdMFU

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