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March 16, 2012
10:10 EDTGS, MS, IVZ, BLK, APO, KKR, AMTDDeutsche 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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March 19, 2015
11:53 EDTMS, GSU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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07:55 EDTAPOMolycorp bondholders led by Apollo close to hiring Blackstone, Bloomberg says
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07:42 EDTBLKThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to hold a meeting
The Commission discusses Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress, Black Hills Power and Westar Energy in an Open Commission Meeting being held at FERC Washington, D.C.'s offices on March 19 at 10 am. Webcast Link
06:42 EDTGSAllianz hedges stake in China Pacific Insurance, Reuters says
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06:06 EDTGSSunrun powers up for IPO later this year, WSJ reports
Sunrun, a solar-energy company, is said to be working with Credit Suisse (CS) and Goldman Sachs (GS) on a potential IPO for later this year, sources tell The Wall Street Journal, which adds that the company was valued at $1.3B as of March 2014. Other solar companies that have gone public in recent years include residential solar installers like Vivint Solar (VSLR), backed by Blackstone (BX), and SolarCity (SCTY), backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
15:22 EDTAPOMolycorp creditors close to hiring Blackstone, Bloomberg says
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08:25 EDTKKRSamson near deal for covenant breach waiver, NY Post says
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08:10 EDTKKRAres Management names Michael McFerran as CFO
Ares Management, L.P. (ARES) announced that it has appointed Michael R. McFerran as Executive VP, CFO and Treasurer, effective March 23. McFerran will assume firm-wide CFO and Treasurer responsibilities. McFerran was previously a Managing Director at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR) where he served as the CFO of KKRís credit business and was the COO and CFO of KKR Financial Holdings LLC (KFN). Daniel F. Nguyen, Ares Managementís current CFO and Treasurer, will remain with Ares as CFO of the Ares Private Equity and Tradable Credit Groups and will continue his involvement with firm M&A activities. The CFO roles for each of the other two Ares investment groups, Direct Lending and Real Estate, will continue to be filled by Penni Roll and Tae-Sik Yoon, respectively. In addition, Roll will continue as CFO of Ares Capital Corporation (ARCC) and Yoon will continue as CFO of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (ACRE).
07:27 EDTAPO, GSFreeport seeks funding from Blackstone, Apollo, Reuters says
Freeport McMoRan (FCX) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Barclays (BCS) to find private equity firms willing to finance certain of its energy projects and asset developments, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Freeport is in talks with Blackstone (BX), Apollo (APO), and Warburg Pincus about a potential partnership. The sources say the firm may be seeking "several billion dollars," though discussions are in "very early" stages. Reference Link
07:18 EDTAPO, BLK, AMTDWells Fargo to hold a forum
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06:42 EDTKKRUxin raises $170M from KKR, Baidu, others, WSJ says
Chinese used car auctioneer Uxin has raised $170M from backers including KKR (KKR) and Baidu (BIDU), reports the Wall Street Journal. Uxin will primarily use the fund to expand its business-to-consumer operations to complete with rivals Bitauto (BITA) and Autohome (ATHM). Reference Link
06:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs prices 6M shares of specialty lending arm, WSJ reports
According to a source, late yesterday, Goldman Sachs priced 6M shares of Goldman Sachs BDC, its specialty lending arm, at $20 per share with the shares set to begin trading today, The Wall Street Journal reports. Shares of Goldman Sachs BDC will trade under the ticker symbol "GSBD." Reference Link
March 17, 2015
10:00 EDTBLKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Aimco (AIV) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Alnylam (ALNY) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... American Campus (ACC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... BE Aerospace (BEAV) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... BlackRock (BLK) initiated with a Buy at Argus... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... CarMax (KMX) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Central Pacific (CPF) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Cognex (CGNX) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Education Realty (EDR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... EnerSys (ENS) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Equity Lifestyle (ELS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... LinkedIn (LNKD) initiated with a Sell at Brean Capital... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... NetSuite (N) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Paycom (PAYC) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Platform Specialty Products (PAH) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Post Properties (PPS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Salesforce.com (CRM) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Snap-On (SNA) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Sun Communities (SUI) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Workday (WDAY) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Xplore Technologies (XPLR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Yahoo (YHOO) initiated with a Hold at Argus.
08:11 EDTBLKBlackRock initiated with a Buy at Argus
Target $411.
07:53 EDTKKRMatson American Eagle Jack Henry named triple play at Oppenheimer
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March 16, 2015
13:05 EDTMSMorgan Stanley's quarter not shaping up to be strong one, says Rafferty Capital
Rafferty Capital's Dick Bove said Morgan Stanley's current quarter is not shaping up to be a strong one. Bove said industry trade data from the NY Federal Reserve Bank is not that encouraging with fall offs in numbers in key categories. The analyst believes trading is flat to down overall in the quarter and investment banking its not fairing much better. Bove still views Morgan Stanley among his top picks for 2015 despite near-term issues.
12:33 EDTMSMorgan Stanley may be challenged in quarter, says Rafferty Capital
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09:30 EDTKKRConsortium wants to securitize $5.3B of debt from GE Capital, Reuters says
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07:25 EDTKKRChinese consortium enters Philips auction, Reuters says
A consortium consisting of Lattice Power, GSR Ventures, and Temasek has placed a last-minute bid in the auction for Philips' (PHG) lighting components business, reports Reuters, citing two sources familiar with the matter. The sources also said the CVC and KKR (KKR) consortium tabled their potentially leading bid. Philips will enter exclusive talks with the winner early next week. Reference Link
March 15, 2015
12:41 EDTKKRGE sells Australia-New Zealand consumer lending unit to consortium
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