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The Wednesday Express: North American financials

* On the earnings front, U.S. Bancorp's third-quarter EPS rose to 88 cents from 84 cents a year-ago and M&T Bank's EPS rose to $2.21 from $2.10. Northern Trust is also scheduled to report quarterly results before markets open today.

* The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to issue no-action letters that will ensure that the agency will not sue companies — which will be affected by the European Union's revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, or MiFID II — that will separately charge their European clients for investment research services, instead of bundling them together with other services. The EU directive is set to take effect in January 2018.

* JPMorgan Chase is buying payments firm WePay. A source told The Wall Street Journal that JPMorgan agreed to pay more than WePay's $220 million valuation as of 2015.

* Wisconsin-based State Bank Financial is selling its branch in La Crescent, Minn., to Minnesota-based ESB Bank.

* American International Group is reportedly considering bidding for Australia-based Suncorp Group's life insurance operations, The Australian Financial Review's Street Talk blog reports, citing sources.

* Shares of companies tied to Affordable Care Act exchange markets rose modestly following news that Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., are striking a deal to fund cost-sharing subsidies for insurers.

* Private equity firm Siris Capital Group is buying fintech firm IntraLinks Holdings for approximately $1 billion.

* Insurers are facing an increasingly rigorous regulatory process in executing M&A given the heightened presence of private equity-backed acquirers and other forms of nontraditional buyers. Insurtech companies are also not spared from risks on the regulatory front.

* According to a Politico report quoting two unnamed White House officials, President Donald Trump was "leaning" toward naming Alex Azar a former executive at healthcare company Eli Lilly and Co. as secretary of Health and Human Services.

* And in Canada, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions released its final version of the residential mortgage underwriting practices and procedures. The revisions take effect Jan. 1, 2018.

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