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March 16, 2012
10:10 EDTAMTD, BLK, MS, KKR, IVZ, GS, APODeutsche Bank downgrades Morgan Stanley, others after recent gains
Deutsche Bank downgraded Ameritrade (AMTD), BlackRock (BLK), and Morgan Stanley (MS) to Hold from Buy this morning following recent gains in the companies' shares. For Ameritrade, Deutsche Bank also cited upcoming seasonality and continuing challenges faced by the company as reasons for the downgrade. Meanwhile, Deutsche believes that BlackRock has few near-term catalysts, while Morgan Stanley is facing a "mixed" macro and regulatory outlook, as well as challenges to its fixed income business. Conversely, Deutsche Bank identified Goldman Sachs (GS), Apollo Management (APO), KKR & Co. (KKR), and Invesco (IVZ) as its top picks among Brokers and Asset Managers. However, Deutsche reduced its price target on Goldman to $145 from $160. In early trading, Ameritrade lost 1.56% to $20.15, BlackRock gained 0.23% to $205.55, Morgan Stanley lost 0.31% to $19.45, Invesco dropped 0.46% to $26.25 while Goldman fell 0.70% to $122.20.
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July 29, 2014
09:38 EDTGSGoldman may expand metal warehousing into China, Reuters says
Seeing a potential opportunity after a Chinese trading firm allegedly fraudulently used a single cargo of metal as collateral for multiple loans, Goldman Sachs' metals warehousing unit is exploring its first entry into China's market, reported Reuters, citing sources. Reference Link
07:49 EDTBLKCFA Society of Chicago to hold a luncheohn discussion
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06:49 EDTMSMorgan Stanley to increase salaries of some bankers by up to 25%, NY Times says
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July 28, 2014
07:36 EDTKKRKKR to invest in Preferred Sands
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July 27, 2014
16:14 EDTGSGoldman close to settling FHFA suit on faulty mortgage claims, Bloomberg says
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July 25, 2014
11:20 EDTMSPhilips selects Morgan Stanley for lighting unit stake sale, Reuters says
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07:57 EDTKKRRBS says private equity investment in Ulster possible, Reuters reports
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July 24, 2014
16:38 EDTGSJames Schiro retires from the board of Goldman Sachs due to health reasons
The board of The Goldman Sachs Group announced that James Schiro, lead director and chair of the board’s corporate governance, nominating and public responsibilities committee, has retired from the board in order to undergo treatment after a diagnosis of multiple myeloma.
11:08 EDTMSMorgan Stanley to pay $275M in RMBS settlement with SEC
The SEC said it charged three Morgan Stanley entities with "misleading investors in a pair of residential mortgage-backed securities securitizations that the firms underwrote, sponsored, and issued." Morgan Stanley agreed to settle the charges by paying $275M to be returned to harmed investors, the agency said. Reference Link
08:30 EDTKKRCarlyle may be last firm in rigging suit as peers near settlement, NY Post says
Carlyle Group (CG) may soon be the only private equity firm left to settle a suit that accused it and several of its peers of conspiring to hold down deal prices and one source close to the situation said “my expectation is there will be a trial,” according to The New York Post. Bain Capital, Silver Lake and Goldman Sachs (GS) previously settled for a combined $150.5M and KKR (KKR), Blackstone (BX) and TPG Capital are expected to settle for an amount above that "within days," the report said. Reference Link
08:05 EDTKKRKKR reports Q2 ENI 62c, consensus 65c
Reports Q2 revenue $249.37M, consensus $289.21M. Book value was $10.4B on a total reportable segment basis as of June 30, or $12.52 per adjusted unit. Assets under management and fee paying assets under management totaled $98B and $79.7B as of June 30, respectively.
06:03 EDTMSMorgan Stanley implied volatility of 18 at lower end of index mean range
July 23, 2014
13:10 EDTBLKBlackRock announces support for SEC money market reform
BlackRock said in a statement, "BlackRock supports the SEC’s efforts to improve the resiliency of U.S. money market funds during times of stress and appreciates the thoughtful, deliberate and consultative process the Agency has undertaken to achieve this result. In light of these changes, we believe that money market funds will continue to prove a valuable cash investment strategy. BlackRock is well positioned to offer our clients the full spectrum of stable NAV, floating NAV, Government, Prime and Municipal cash management products. We look forward to engaging closely with our clients over the coming months to discuss the wide array of cash solutions available to successfully adapt to these new reforms."
July 22, 2014
13:18 EDTBLKEarnings Preview: Apple reports after stock split, Beats purchase, iOS 8 launch
Apple (AAPL) is set to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the world's most valuable company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other desktop and mobile computing devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.23 on revenue of $37.99B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.14-$1.37 on revenue of $36.58B-$40.31B. In a note to investors, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Street analysts expect year-over-year iPhone sales growth of 14% to 35M-36M units, flat iPad sales of 14M-15M units, and a Q3 gross margin of 38%. Munster added that he expects Apple to guide Q4 revenues to $39B-$41B, which is in keeping with Street estimates for about $40.4B in Q4 revenue. LAST QUARTER: Apple reported second quarter EPS of $11.62 on revenue of $45.6B, which topped estimates for $10.18 and $43.5B, respectively. Apple reported iPhones sales of 43.7M units, iPad sales of 16.35M units and Mac sales of 4.14M. Apple said it sees Q3 revenue of $36B-$38B and a gross margin of 37%-38%. Along with its Q2 report, Apple announced a seven-for-one stock split. Apple also announced that its board raised its share repurchase authorization to $90B from the $60B level announced last year and an increase to the company’s quarterly dividend of approximately 8% to $3.29 per common share. NEWS: On May 28, Apple confirmed that it agreed to buy Beats Music, which operates a streaming music service, and Beats Electronics, which makes and sells electronic music products such as headphones and speakers, for $3B. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple said at that time that it expects the transaction to close in Q4. On June 2, Apple announced OS X Yosemite, a new version of OS X redesigned and refined with a new look, new apps and new continuity features. Apple also unveiled iOS 8, a new version of its mobile operating system with new features for users and developers. Among the features were iCloud Photo Library, which allows user to enjoy photos and videos more easily across devices, new Messages features to easily share voice, video or photos, and a new Health app. Apple noted that the software development kit, or SDK, for iOS 8 was its "biggest developer release ever," with more than 4,000 new APIs. Apple and IBM announced last week that they would collaborate to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Under the deal, the companies will develop more than 100 enterprise solutions, including native apps, for Apple's iPhone and iPads. Moreover, IBM will sell iPhone and iPads to all of its business clients around the world, the companies noted. Also last week, Apple announced that Susan Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock (BLK), has been elected to Apple's board and that Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service. Mac Rumors reported on July 10 that Apple was said to have ordered 68M iPhone 6 devices, citing a report in Taiwan's Business Weekly. That's double the amount of phones that the tech giant ordered prior to launching the iPhone 5 in 2012, the tech blog noted. The Wall Street Journal subsequently claimed that Apple has asked its suppliers to manufacture between 70M-80M of its two upcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year. ANALYST OPINION: On the day after Apple's last quarterly report, CLSA upgraded its rating on the shares to Buy from Outperform. On May 9, ISI Group downgraded Apple to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. On June 2, following Apple's launch event for iOS 8, Piper Jaffray said it believed parts of Apple's new operating system point towards a possible iWatch later in the year and potential connected home products in the future. Piper said at that time that Apple remains on track to deliver multiple new product categories by the end of 2014. On June 17, Societe Generale upgraded Apple to Buy from Hold. On July 14, Barclays raised its rating on Apple to Overweight from Equal Weight, citing its channel checks that indicated near-term upside to consensus estimates. The firm also believes troubles at Samsung are creating an opportunity for Apple to regain market share and raised its price target for Apple shares to $110 from $95. The same day, Morgan Stanley said its survey results suggest June quarter iPhone demand upside. The firm raised its iPhone unit estimate to 36M from 34M and increased its EPS estimate to $1.24. Morgan Stanley increased it price target on Apple to $110 per share. Yesterday, JMP Securities upgraded Apple to Outperform from Market Perform, as the firm thinks the company is poised to report higher than expected sales and gross margins over the near-term and intermediate term. JMP set a price target of $135 on the stock. In his note previewing Apple's quarter, Munster wrote that Apple's guidance for its September-end quarter should tell investors if new iPhones are launching in September or later in the year. The Piper analyst expects a typical September launch, which could give the company 5 or 12 days of sales with the new phone depending on a standard Friday launch and its timing. Munster estimated the potential 7 day swing in the timing of the new phone could mean a 3M-4M unit and about $2B difference in the guidance for Q4, citing recent weekly run-rates for iPhone sales near launch quarters. PRICE ACTION: Each Apple shareholder of record at the close of business on June 2 received six additional shares for every share held on the record date and trading began on a split-adjusted basis on June 9. Shares of Apple advanced about 8% on the first day of trade following its Q2 report. Since the first day of trade following its last quarterly report, shares of Apple are up nearly 26%. In early afternoon trading ahead of its Q3 report tonight, Apple was up fractionally to just over $94 per share.
07:32 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade reports Q3 EPS 34c, consensus 34c
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06:34 EDTGSGoldman, others close to $2B Huarong agreement, Reuters says
Goldman Sachs and other private equity firms such as Warburg Pincus, Khazanah Nasional, CITIC Group, China International Capital, Fosun Group and COFCO are nearing an agreement to purchase up to a 20% stake in China Huarong Asset Management for approximately $2B, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
July 21, 2014
16:40 EDTMSFifth Third Bancorp in share repurchase pact with Morgan Stanley
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15:30 EDTAMTDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Verizon (VZ), consensus 90c; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 63c; Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 72c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.70; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.44; Altria Group (MO), consensus 66c; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.17; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.66; Kimberly-Clark (KMB), consensus $1.50; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.07; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus $1.11; State Street (STT), consensus $1.26; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.46; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.39; Crocs (CROX), consensus 31c.
07:29 EDTMSAIG settlement with BofA takes crisis claw back total up to $2B, FT says
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06:47 EDTGSGoldman signs preliminary agreement with Socar unit, Reuters says
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