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February 16, 2012
06:23 EDTAZSEY, AIG, CS, GSInvestors return to mortgage bonds, WSJ reports
There is renewed interest among investors in once-toxic mortgage bonds that were at the center of the financial crisis, reports the Wall Street Journal. Prices of some distressed bonds backed by subprime home loans, the ones issued before the crisis to borrowers with questionable credit histories, have returned double-digit percentage gains this year. Reference Link
News For AIG;GS;CS;AZSEY From The Last 14 Days
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June 22, 2015
05:23 EDTAZSEYAllianz upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies
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June 18, 2015
07:50 EDTCSSNB pushes UBS, Credit Suisse to improve leverage ratios
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06:36 EDTGSGoldman tells interns not to stay in office overnight, Reuters reports
Goldman Sachs (GS), which has been looking to improve working conditions for its investment-banking interns, has set new guidelines, under which interns are expected to stay away from the office between midnight and 7 a.m. during weekdays, Reuters reports, citing company sources and confirmed by a Goldman spokesperson. Following the 2013 death of a Bank of America (BAC) intern in London, Goldman and other banks have taken steps to encourage its junior employees to take time off. Reference Link
06:21 EDTGSFour banks to pay nearly $1B to settle forex rigging suit, AFP reports
Goldman Sachs (GS), BNP Paribas (BNPQY), Barclays (BCS), and HSBC (HSBC) have all reached separate agreements to settle a U.S. civil lawsuit over alleged foreign exchange rigging in deals totaling approximately $1B, AFP reports, citing sources close to the situation. The agreements are preliminary and are subject to change, the sources told AFP, confirming an earlier report on the settlements from the Wall Street Journal. Barclays is expected to pay $375M, HSBC $285M, BNP Paribas roughly $200M, and Goldman Sachs about $130M, the report says.The four banks' pending agreements would settle the civil lawsuit filed by Scott & Scott and Hausfeld that claims their traders manipulated the forex market to boost the banks' profits, AFP reports. Reference Link
06:01 EDTGSBanks to settle civil forex lawsuit for nearly $2B, WSJ reports
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June 17, 2015
17:37 EDTGSGM hires advisers as Fiat Chrysler tries to force merger talks, Reuters says
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16:21 EDTAIGAres, Varagon establish joint venture for senior secured loans
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06:48 EDTGSMore big banks waiving overdraft fees, WSJ reports
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June 16, 2015
17:49 EDTAIGStarr International to appeal AIG ruling, WSJ says
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16:22 EDTAIGStarr International to appeal court decision on AIG damages, CNBC says
16:01 EDTGSApple Twitter Facebook Bank of America Yahoo Netflix Alibaba WisdomTree Coca-Cola Goldman Sachs Micron General Electric
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 18.68. Option volume leaders: AAPL TWTR FB BAC YHOO NFLX BABA WETF KO GS MU GE.
10:01 EDTAIGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AIG (AIG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Alumina (AWCMY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Avalanche Biotechnologies (AAVL) downgraded on lack of catalysts at SunTrust... DealerTrack (TRAK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Greenbrier (GBX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Methode Electronics (MEI) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... Profire Energy (PFIE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim... Standard Pacific (SPF) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... The Fresh Market (TFM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Northcoast... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Neutral at MKM Partners on stalled user growth... United Natural Foods (UNFI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
08:51 EDTAIGCourt decision removes AIG overhang, says Bernstein
After a judge ruled that the government's bailout of AIG was illegal but awarded no damages, Bernstein says that AIG will most likely not have to pay any damages as a result of the lawsuit. The firm believes that the decision is a significant positive catalyst for the stock, It keeps a $65 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
08:21 EDTGSJetBlue enters into agreement with Goldman to implement ASR program
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07:11 EDTGS, AIGSurprise AIG ruling may make future bailouts unlikely, even if needed, NYT says
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06:39 EDTAIGAIG downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Joshua Shanker downgraded AIG to Hold citing valuation with the stock near his price target of $64. Yesterday's Starr court decision removes some overhangs, and the stock is "not without positive catalysts," Shanker tells investors in a research note. Nonetheless, the analyst thinks outperformance in the first half of 2015 has brought the stock around the levels where it will be trading at this time next year. Shares of AIG closed yesterday up 69c to $62.58.
June 15, 2015
14:54 EDTGSGoldman Sachs to launch online consumer lending unit, NY Times says
Goldman Sachs (GS) plans to move into online consumer lending and hopes to launch a website and app next year, reports the New York Times, citing people briefed on the plans. Sources said the bank approached multiple top financial executives with offers to lead the project, which could have as many as 100 employees by year's end. The report notes that the lending business is "facing a shake-up," with small loans already being offered by LendingClub (LC), On Deck Capital (ONDK), and PayPal (PYPL) . Reference Link
12:09 EDTAIGGreenberg's Starr awarded no damages in suit versus AIG, Bloomberg reports
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11:43 EDTAIGGreenberg's Starr awarded no damages in suit versus AIG, Bloomberg reports
07:33 EDTGSBig banks may target fee-generating firms for acquisitions, WSJ says
Large U.S. banks may begin targeting fee-generating businesses as possible takeover targets, the Wall Street Journal reports. Big banks may start looking at businesses that don’t require too much capital for acquisitions, such as advisory businesses, payment processing, treasury services, and financial tech, the report says. Even though heightened capital and liquidity requirements make many types of acquisitions “unappealing” to big banks, the idea of banks even as big as JP Morgan (JPM) pursuing a multi-billion dollar deal is “no longer out of the realm of possibility,” the report says. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
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