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June 10, 2014
07:39 EDTGS, CS, BCSBarclays 'dark pool' among those probed by SEC, WSJ says
The SEC is probing a number of big "dark pools," including LX, the one operated by Barclays (BCS), said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the investigations. LX was the second largest pool by volume in early May behind Credit Suisse's (CS), though it is not clear which other systems the SEC is investigating, the report noted. Another of the biggest dark pool operators, Goldman Sachs (GS), recently made public details about how its venue works. Reference Link
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February 4, 2016
06:51 EDTGSBofA doesn't deserve to be in 'stock market doghouse,' WSJ says
Bank of America (BAC) is currently in the "stock market doghouse," but doesn't deserve to be, David Reilly of the Wall Street Journal's Ahead of the Tape says. The overall beating of U.S. bank stocks has come amid the greater market selloff, reflecting the fact that slowing growth has brought doubt on the Fed's ability to raise rates in March, Reilly says. Since a rate increase is a far-off prospect, investors have little reason to own bank stocks, though Bank of America's valuation assumes "too dire an outcome," the report says. Banks with international outreach, such as Citi (C), are still arguably further behind in post-crisis cleanup, but Bank of America is more focused on the domestic U.S. economy and prices a U.S. recession as a given, not a possibility, the report says. Other large U.S. banks include Wells Fargo (WFC), JPMorgan (JPM), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB), BB&T (BBT), PNC Financial (PNC), and SunTrust (STI). Reference Link
06:45 EDTCSCredit Suisse 'accelerating the pace at which we are restructuring'
Credit Suisse says "Given the losses sustained in 2015 and continued uncertainties in our environment, we have been accelerating the pace at which we are restructuring the bank. We have initiated this acceleration and it is resulting in a reduction in workforce of approximately 4,000 positions. Combined with the measures already implemented in 4Q15, the cost savings identified and initiated by end-January will be CHF 1.2 billion per annum, representing 34% of the announced 2018 cost savings target of CHF 3.5 billion. In addition to the cost reduction program, we are continuously looking for ways to lower our break-even point... The restructuring of GM activities is also continuing as we further reduce fixed income legacy positions and make the franchise less vulnerable to negative developments in the credit markets."
06:44 EDTCSCredit Suisse CEO: Environment deteriorated 'materially' during Q4
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06:43 EDTCSCredit Suisse says implementing reduction of approx. 4,000 positions
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05:58 EDTCSCredit Suisse reports Q4 pre-tax loss of CHF 6.44B
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February 3, 2016
18:41 EDTGSYahoo hires Qatalyst to advise on strategic alternatives, Re/code says
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16:50 EDTGSSignature Bank announces underwriters' purchase of additional shares
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08:06 EDTGSGoldman Sachs CEO says 'feeling great' after treatment
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05:16 EDTGSStocks with implied volatility movement; GS C
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February 2, 2016
10:49 EDTGSGoldman Sachs Asia unit censured by Hong Kong regulator
The Securities and Futures Commission, SFC, has publicly censured Goldman Sachs Asia for breaches of the Code on Takeovers and Mergers whilst acting as a financial advisor to Wing Hang Bank, Limited in relation to a voluntary general offer for the bank. Goldman Sachs' conduct fell far short of the standards expected of a financial advisor under the Takeovers Code in that between 8 November 2013 and 6 January 2014: Goldman Sachs executed 111 trades in the securities of Wing Hang Bank without making the requisite dealing disclosures and no prior consent was obtained as required for 26 of these trades ; and Goldman Sachs failed to comply with the restrictions on issue and distribution of research reports in relation to the research reports it published on Wing Hang Bank. In deciding the sanction, the SFC took into account Goldman Sachs' cooperation and self-reporting of the breaches. Reference Link
05:40 EDTBCS, CSOaktree-backed AdvancePierre picks Barclays for IPO, Bloomberg reports
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February 1, 2016
12:26 EDTBCS, CSNY AG, SEC to take further actions in dark pool investigations, Bloomberg says
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10:09 EDTBCS, CSBarclays, Credit Suisse to pay over $150M to settle dark pool claims
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07:31 EDTBCSBarclays among potential buyers of TD Direct, Sky reports
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January 31, 2016
15:40 EDTBCSBarclays to exit precious metals sector, Platts says
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15:37 EDTCS, BCSBarclays, Credit Suisse to pay $154M to settle dark pool claims, Bloomberg says
Barclays (BCS) and Credit Suisse (CS) are expected to reach a $154.3M settlement Monday with New York and the SEC over allegations that they didn't give clients accurate information regarding their dark pool trading, reports Bloomberg, citing a source. Barclays will pay $70M while Credit Suisse will pay $84.3M, noted Bloomberg. Reference Link
12:33 EDTGSU.S. banks could return 20% or more, Barron's says
The banking sector looks like "one of the best bargains in the market," Barron's contends in a cover story. Names such as Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC), Wells Fargo (WFC), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), BB&T (BBT), PNC Financial (PNC), SunTrust (STI) and U.S. Bancorp (USB) are showing healthy balance sheets and could offer "at least" 20% upside, the publication argues, adding that the industry's exposure to the energy sector "looks manageable" given information offered in recent earnings reports and conference calls. Reference Link
January 29, 2016
13:02 EDTBCSBarclays names Venkatakrishnan chief risk officer
Barclays (BCS) has named C.S. Venkatakrishnan as Chief Risk Officer. Venkatakrishnan joins Barclays from JP Morgan Chase (JPM) where he has been the Head of Model Risk and Development since 2012 and Head of Operational Risk since September 2013. He will join the Executive Committee of Barclays and report directly to the group CEO Jes Staley. Once Mr Venkatakrishnan assumes his new role, current Chief Risk Officer Robert Le Blanc will become Vice Chair of Risk and Strategy, reporting to Staley. Reference Link
08:52 EDTGSSiemens hires Goldman Sachs to advise on potential Gamesa deal, Reuters says
Siemens (SIEGY) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) as an advisor for its potential acquisition of Spanish wind farm manufacturer and operator Gamesa, Reuters reports, citing two people familiar with the matter. One of the sources told Reuters that it was still unclear what the structure of such a transaction would be. Reference Link
07:31 EDTGSBank, financial stocks look cheap, says Oppenheimer
After an index of bank stocks fell 19% since last summer, versus an 8% decline for the S&P, Oppenheimer says that "the group looks cheap." The firm says that banks' balance sheets will remain strong whether the economy is resilient or enters a downturn. The firm says that the banks' Q4 results were stable, and it expects the group to benefit from steady loan growth and slightly rising NIMs in 2016. Oppenheimer continues to recommend Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Discover (DFS), and Fifth Third (FITB)
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