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July 16, 2014
11:28 EDTQEP, ATLS, TMO, NAO, SVU, GLPI, C, KKR, ACT, SDLeon Cooperman gives 12 stock picks at CNBC conference
Leon Cooperman of Omega Advisors gave 12 stock picks for 2014 at CNBC's Delivering Alpha conference. The recommendations are: Actavis (ACT), Citigroup (C), SandRidge Energy (SD), KKR (KKR), Thermo Fisher (TMO), Atlas Energy (ATLS), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), QEP Resources (QEP), SuperValu (SVU), Louis XIII Holdings and Monitise.
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June 25, 2015
10:11 EDTCBrooks Brothers, Citi announce exclusive credit card relationship
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09:28 EDTTMOThermo Fisher agrees to acquire Alfa Aesar for GBP256M
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07:48 EDTKKRMorgan Stanley disregards Fed guidelines with $1B loan, NY Post reports
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07:13 EDTCFed director says full transparency in stress testing can be 'enormous weakness'
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05:35 EDTCCiti apppointed depository bank for Celyad ADR program
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June 24, 2015
10:00 EDTCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Citi (C) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Esperion (ESPR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... General Motors (GM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Goldman Sachs (GS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Independent Bank (INDB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... Inphi (IPHI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Sensata (ST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cross Research... Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Alcobra (ADHD) downgraded to Hold from Speculative Buy at WBB Securities.
06:37 EDTCDeutsche downgrades Citi, Goldman after share rallies
Deutsche Bank analyst Matt O'Connor recommends using the strong share performance of both Citi (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as on opportunity to take profits. The analyst this morning downgraded shares of both investment banks to Hold from Buy. Citi is up 21% from the lows on January 30 while Goldman is up 30% since July 1, 2014, the analyst points out. On Citi, O'Connor sees less near term upside with fixed income trading entering a seasonally weak period and core cost reductions largely over. On Goldman, the analyst sees a lack of catalysts to drive the stock meaningfully higher in the near term. His top picks among U.S. Banks are Bank of America (BAC), JPMorgan (JPM), M&T Bank (MTB) and SunTrust (STI).
06:27 EDTCCiti downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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June 23, 2015
09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:03 EDTKKR3M to buy Capital Safety from KKR in deal valued at $2.5B
3M (MMM) announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Capital Safety from KKR (KKR) for a total enterprise value of $2.5B, including the assumption of approximately $700M of debt, net of cash acquired. The business employs approximately 1,500 people worldwide and is headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota. On a GAAP reported basis, 3M estimates the acquisition to be 4c dilutive to earnings in the first 12 months following completion of the transaction. Excluding purchase accounting adjustments and anticipated one-time expenses related to the transaction and integration, 3M estimates the acquisition to be 12c accretive to earnings over the same period. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. 3M will finance the transaction with existing cash, a portion of which will come from outside the U.S.
08:45 EDTKKRKKR toa cquire C.H.I. Overhead Doors from FFL, terms not disclosed
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07:15 EDTSVUOppenheimer to hold a conference
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06:25 EDTCBarclays-Stifel deal marks end of Lehman legacy, Business Insider reports
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June 22, 2015
08:15 EDTKKRKKR announces strategic investment in Tarena
KKR (KKR) announced a strategic investment into Tarena International (TEDU), a provider of professional education services in China. In this transaction, KKR and Shaoyun Han, founder, Chairman and CEO of Tarena, had entered into definitive agreements to purchase an aggregate of $90.5M of ordinary shares in the company from existing pre-IPO shareholders, which are funds managed by affiliates of Goldman Sachs and IDG Technology Venture Investments, LLC. Pursuant to these agreements, KKR has agreed to purchase 6,826,263 Class A ordinary shares, representing an approximately 13% stake in the company, from the selling shareholders for a total purchase price of $70M. Han has agreed to purchase 2,000,000 Class A ordinary shares, representing an approximately 3.8% stake in the company, from the selling shareholders for a total purchase price of $20.5M, in private transactions. Han intends to fund the purchase through the issuance of a convertible bond to KKR, issued by an entity wholly owned by Han. The share purchase and sale transactions are expected to close in July, subject to customary closing conditions. KKR’s investment is through its China Growth Fund. Further details of the transaction are not disclosed.
08:06 EDTKKRTarena announces investment from KKR and Tarena CEO Shaoyun Han
Tarena (TEDU) announced that KKR (KKR) and Shaoyun Han, founder, chairman and CEO of Tarena, had entered into definitive agreements to purchase an aggregate of $90.5M of ordinary shares in the Company from existing pre-IPO shareholders, which are funds managed by affiliates of Goldman Sachs and IDG Technology Venture Investments, LLC. Pursuant to these agreements, KKR has agreed to purchase 6,826,263 Class A ordinary shares, representing an approximately 13% stake in the Company, from the selling shareholders for $70M, and Shaoyun Han has agreed to purchase 2,000,000 Class A ordinary shares, representing an approximately 3.8% stake in the company, from the selling shareholders for $20.5M, in private transactions. Mr. Han intends to fund the purchase through the issuance by an entity wholly owned by Han of a convertible bond to KKR.
08:02 EDTKKRTransphorm announces new $70M investment led by KKR
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June 19, 2015
18:12 EDTQEPS&P announces changes to S&P 100, 400, 500, and 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 100, S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: S&P 500 constituent The Priceline Group (PCLN) will replace Baxter International (BAX) in the S&P 100, Baxalta (BXLT) will replace QEP Resources (QEP) in the S&P 500, QEP Resources will replace Itron (ITRI) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Itron will replace Arch Coal (ACI) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. Baxter International is spinning off Baxalta in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Baxter International will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution, but its post spin market capitalization will no longer make it appropriate for the S&P 100. QEP Resources, Itron and Arch Coal are all ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. Skechers USA (SKX) will replace Rock-Tenn Co. (RKT) in the S&P MidCap 400, and MiMedx Group (MDXG) will replace Skechers USA in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P 500 constituent MeadWestvaco Corp. (MWV) is combining with Rock-Tenn in a transaction expected to be completed on or about that date. The combined company will remain in the S&P 500 and will change its name to WestRock Co. HealthEquity (HQY) will replace Zep Inc. (ZEP) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, June 25. Private equity firm New Mountain Capital is acquiring Zep in a transaction expected to be completed on or about that date pending final approvals.
17:20 EDTQEPQEP Resources to replace Itron in S&P 400 as of 6/30 close
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17:18 EDTQEPBaxalta to replace QEP Resources in S&P 500 as of 6/30 close
07:25 EDTCCiti moving European retail bank HQ to Ireland from England, Reuters reports
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