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July 16, 2014
11:16 EDTQEP, NAO, SD, SVU, KKR, C, GLPI, ACTCooperman lists Actavis, Citigroup, KKR among top-picks, CNBC says
Leon Cooperman of Omega Advisors listed Actavis (ACT), Citigroup (C), KKR (KKR), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Nordic American Offshore (NAO) and SuperValu (SVU), QEP Resources (QEP) and SandRidge Energy (SD) among his top stock picks while presenting at the "Delivering Alpha" conference, according to CNBC.
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July 22, 2015
12:53 EDTCFDIC announces $140M civil penalty against Citi's Banamex USA unit
The FDIC announced the assessment of a civil money penalty of $140M against Banamex USA, Century City, California, for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering laws and regulations. In a concurrent action, the California Department of Business Oversight assessed a civil money penalty of $40M. The FDIC's penalty of $140M will be satisfied in part by the CDBO's penalty. The FDIC's penalty will be paid to the United States Department of the Treasury. In taking this action, the FDIC determined that the bank failed to implement an effective BSA/AML Compliance Program over an extended period of time. The institution failed to retain a qualified and knowledgeable BSA officer and sufficient staff, maintain adequate internal controls reasonably designed to detect and report illicit financial transactions and other suspicious activities, provide sufficient BSA training, and conduct effective independent testing.
06:28 EDTSDSandRidge Energy coverage assumed with an Underperform at Credit Suisse
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July 21, 2015
10:58 EDTCCiti fined $70M, ordered by CFPB to provide $700M in relief
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10:14 EDTKKRHigh option volume stocks:
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09:21 EDTGLPIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:59 EDTGLPIPinnacle Entertainment to host conference call
Conference call to discuss agreement that Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. will acquire real estate assets will be held on July 21 at 11 am. Webcast Link
07:53 EDTGLPIGaming and Leisure to host conference call
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07:14 EDTGLPIGaming and Leisure Properties agrees to acquire Pinnacle real estate assets
Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI) and Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which GLPI will acquire substantially all of Pinnacle's real estate assets in an all-stock transaction. Under the terms of the agreement, which was unanimously approved by both companies' boards, Pinnacle's operating business and the real property of Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment will be spun off into a separately traded public company and the real estate assets held by the remaining company will be acquired by GLPI. Pinnacle shareholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.85 GLPI common shares per Pinnacle share for PropCo. Pinnacle shareholders will also receive one share of OpCo common stock for each share of Pinnacle they own. The agreed-upon exchange ratio gives PropCo an implied enterprise value of $4.75B, implying 12.6x initial year PropCo adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or 13.2x including transaction-related fees and expenses. Pro forma for the transaction, existing Pinnacle shareholders will own 100% of OpCo and approximately 56M shares in GLPI, representing an approximate 27% equity interest in the larger, post-transaction GLPI. Pinnacle's OpCo will continue to own and operate other assets, including Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment, the Heartland Poker Tour, Pinnacle's interest in Retama Park, gaming licenses, gaming equipment as well as approximately 450 acres of developable land, principally in Lake Charles and Baton Rouge, adjacent to real estate GLPI would acquire. After the close of the transaction, which the companies expect will be completed in the first quarter of 2016, Pinnacle will operate the leased gaming facilities under a triple-net 10-year Master Lease agreement with GLPI that will have five subsequent, five-year extension periods at Pinnacle's option. Pinnacle will initially pay GLPI $377M in rent in the first year after close, which will result in a lease coverage ratio of 1.9x adjusted property earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent/lease expense. GLPI anticipates the transaction will deliver low double-digit percentage accretion to its pro forma adjusted funds from operations per share in the first year after close. Under the triple-net lease structure, GLPI will benefit from the continued revenue growth of Pinnacle's operating assets. The combined REIT expects to continue to distribute at least 90% of its annual taxable income as dividends, and the first full year dividend per share is expected to increase by approximately a low double-digit percentage.
07:12 EDTGLPIGaming and Leisure Properties agrees to acquire Pinnacle real estate assets
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05:49 EDTKKRKKR files paperwork for an IPO of First Data, Financial Times reports
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05:37 EDTKKRKKR acquires 80% stake in Gestamp Solar
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July 20, 2015
16:01 EDTCOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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13:03 EDTCFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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07:44 EDTGLPIRegional Gaming estimates raised at BofA/Merrill
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06:15 EDTKKRKKR buys majority stake in Deutsche Glasfaser
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July 19, 2015
19:12 EDTCFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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July 17, 2015
18:14 EDTCPetrobras hires Citi, others to handle fuel distribution unit IPO, Reuters says
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16:41 EDTCStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
07:58 EDTCCiti results 'impressive,' says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Citi continues to make progress on its strategic initiatives, while the company's revenue was "solid across the board." The firm keeps a $65 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:55 EDTCCiti price target raised to $67 from $61 at UBS
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