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watch list

list of securities singled out for special surveillance by a brokerage firm or an exchange or other self-regulatory organization to spot irregularities. Firms on the watch list may be takeover candidates, companies about to issue new securities, or others that seem to have attracted an unusually heavy volume of trading activity.

See also Stock Watch (NYSE) , surveillance department of exchanges
watch list

  1. list of banks regarded by bank examiners as having earnings problems or impaired capital These generally are banks given a rating higher than 3 on the camels rating scale used by federal banking regulators to identify banks needing closer supervision. (A CAMELS rating is a composite score, based on six criteria: Capital, Assets, Management, Earnings, Liquidity, and Sensitivity to market risk). A CAMELS rating of 4 or 5 indicates financial weaknesses in the balance sheet, such as a higher ratio of nonperforming loans to total assets than banks of similar size. If uncorrected, these problems could impair a bank's future viability. A bank placed on the watch list is considered a problem bank , and is examined more frequently by bank supervisory agencies than other banks. (In contrast, a bank given a CAMELS rating of 1 is a bank with strong earnings and few nonperforming assets.) In any event, a CAMELS rating is never disclosed publicly.
  2. list of banks issuing Certificate of Deposit to the secondary market that have potentially weak balance sheets, compiled by credit rating agencies, such as Standard & Poor's.
  3. list of countries whose ability to meet debt service payments on external debt is followed closely by federal banking agencies for changes in financial condition. The list, a rating of country risk associated with loans to developing countries, is compiled by the Interagency Country Exposure Review Committee, whose members are drawn from the Federal Reserve Board, the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  4. any list of loans or credit exposures compiled by a bank for internal monitoring. For example, a maturity tickler of time loans maturing in the next 30 days and commercial loans with a perfected security interest due to expire in the next six months, unless renewed.

watch list

list of securities singled out for special surveillance by a brokerage firm or an exchange or other self-regulatory organization to spot irregularities. Firms on the watch list may be takeover candidates, companies about to issue new securities, or others that seem to have attracted an unusually heavy volume of trading activity.

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