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June 10, 2014
07:39 EDTCS, BCS, GSBarclays '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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March 20, 2015
17:07 EDTCSCredit Suisse files automatic mixed securities shelf
10:09 EDTGSAllstate enters accelerated share repurchase agreement with Goldman Sachs
Allstate (ALL) said in a filing that on March 19, the Registrant entered into an accelerated share repurchase agreement with Goldman, Sachs & Co. (GS), to purchase $500M of its outstanding common stock. The majority of the shares to be repurchased under this agreement will be received by the Registrant at the agreement’s inception. It is expected that Goldman will purchase the shares that it delivers under the agreement in the market within a timeframe not to exceed three months. The final purchase price per share and number of shares to be delivered by Goldman will be determined at the conclusion of the agreement and settlement will consist of the Registrant receiving shares based on the average of the daily volume weighted average prices of the Registrant’s common stock during the period of Goldman purchases. If the Registrant is required to pay a settlement amount, the Registrant may elect to settle in cash or shares of its common stock. The agreement is part of the Registrant’s repurchase program totaling $3B that was announced on February 4, 2015. All of the shares acquired by the Registrant under the agreement will be placed into its treasury.
March 19, 2015
11:53 EDTGSU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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06:42 EDTGSAllianz hedges stake in China Pacific Insurance, Reuters says
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06:06 EDTCS, GSSunrun 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
07:27 EDTBCS, 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
07:20 EDTBCSU.S. considers 'tearing up' non-prosecution deals with banks, Bloomberg says
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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
14:37 EDTBCSCiti, Barclays near $800M settelement of forex suit, WSJ says
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13:40 EDTCSAmended settlement agreement announced between Credit Suisse, Freeport
On March 16, an Addendum to the Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement, Compromise and Release was entered into with respect to the consolidated stockholder derivative litigation captioned In Re: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX) Derivative Litigation, C.A. No. 8145-VCN. The Addendum modifies the terms of the settlement in order to resolve potential derivative claims against Credit Suisse Securities (CS) in connection with its engagement to act as lead financial advisor to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Freeport-McMoRan with respect to the company’s 2013 acquisitions of Plains Exploration & Production Company and McMoRan Exploration Co., which potential claims were previously excluded from the settlement as set forth in the Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement, Compromise and Release filed on January 15. As set forth in the Addendum, the original settlement consideration will be increased by $16.25M, consisting of a $10M cash payment to the company by Credit Suisse, and a credit of $6.25M to be redeemable by the company in connection with future assignments Credit Suisse performs. The Supplemental Cash Amount, together with the original settlement amount, less plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees and expenses as awarded by the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, will be distributed to the company’s stockholders as a special dividend. The settlement is subject to specified conditions, including final approval by the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware. The settling defendants and Credit Suisse vigorously deny all allegations of wrongdoing or fault but entered into the settlement to avoid the costs and distraction of continued litigation.
10:00 EDTCSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:30 EDTCSCredit Suisse downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie downgraded Credit Suisse to Underperform following recent share strength.
March 16, 2015
17:07 EDTCSCredit Suisse to pay Freeport McMoRan $10M to settle allegations, WSJ says
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14:08 EDTCS, BCSEU regulator says time for fine-tuning, Reuters says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision believes the necessary bank regulatory framework is in place though some additional work must be done to finalize leverage ratio and capital floor rules, Reuters reported yesterday, citing statements by secretary-general William Coen at a financial conference in Doha. Coen added, "We're now at the state where we can take a step back and look to see how [the regulations] fit together," cautioning that further analysis must be data-driven but admitting that both banks and regulatory bodies were feeling "regulation fatigue." Publicly traded companies in the space include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
March 15, 2015
17:46 EDTCSCredit Suisse has no plans to raise capital, Reuters says
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March 13, 2015
16:42 EDTCSStocks end week lower amid euro slide, Fed rate hike worries
Stocks finished the week lower as worries about the impact of the euro's fall against the dollar, along with continued anticipation of an upcoming rate hike by the Fed and concerns about deflation, weighed on shares. MACRO NEWS: The euro's slide against the dollar continued, causing investors to worry that the trend could have a significant negative impact on the results of U.S. based, multinational companies... Anticipation of an impending interest rate hike continued to impact the market. On Tuesday, outgoing Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said the central bank should begin to gradually raise rates before the economy reaches full employment to avoid triggering a recession. On Thursday, stocks rose as investors speculated that weak February retail sales data could cause the central bank to delay raising interest rates... An unexpected decline in the producer price index, which was reported on Friday, may have rekindled fears about deflation taking hold in the U.S., weighing on stocks... In China, the government said that industrial production rose less than expected in the first two months of the year. China's exports were reported to surge 15% in the first two months of the year versus the same period a year earlier, but data also indicated that China's imports sank 20% in the first two months of 2015. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) provided additional information about its upcoming Apple Watch at a product launch event. Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in nine countries, including the U.S., with pre-orders beginning April 10. The lowest priced Apple Watch, the 38 mm Apple Watch Sport, will be priced at $349, while the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will be priced starting at $10,000... Embattled floor retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) updated investors on the impact of a recent critical report from 60 Minutes. In the nine days following the report, same-store sales fell 12.7% versus the same period a year earlier, it reported. The company added that it was not able to provide full-year guidance until it has more time to gauge the impact of consumers' reaction to the report... GM (GM) settled a potential proxy battle with an investment group led by Harry Wilson by agreeing to return more cash to shareholders... Alcoa (AA) agreed to buy RTI International Metals (RTI), which supplies specialty metals and services for several sectors, including aerospace and defense... Credit Suisse (CS) appointed Tidjane Thiam, who is currently Group Chief Executive of Prudential (PUK), as its new CEO... The shares of several chicken producers fell after a possible case of bird flu was identified in Arkansas. Among the chicken producers that declined were Tyson (TSN), which is based in Arkansas, Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), Sanderson Farms (SAFM), and Hormel (HRL)... GNC Holdings (GNC) sank after New York's Attorney General announced that he and three of his colleagues would further investigate the business practices of the herbal supplement industry. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.57% to 17,749.31, the Nasdaq fell 1.12% to 4,871.76, and the S&P 500 dropped 0.87% to 2,053.40.
15:40 EDTBCSDOJ sets $1B staring point in forex settlement talks with banks, Bloomberg says
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15:22 EDTBCSDOJ starts forex manipulation settlement talks at $1B per bank, Bloomberg says
Barclays (BCS), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS) are said to be probed by U.S. over currency manipulation, Bloomberg says.
13:55 EDTCSRBS favors Union Bancaire Privee in Coutts auction, Bloomberg says
RBS (RBS) has decided that Union Bancaire Privee is its preferred bidder for Coutts and a deal may be reached as soon as this month, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The sources say RBS is also considering Credit Suisse (CS) as well as a joint bid by Societe Generale (SCGLY) and DBS (DBSDY). The agreement has been held up by a German investigation of Coutts, the HSBC tax evasion scandal, and price negotiations due to the Swiss franc, said the sources. Reference Link
07:18 EDTBCSBarclays new chairman expected to change investment bank unit, WSJ says
John McFarlane, a former restructuring professional, will become chairman of Barclays next month and may accelerate the bank's move away from investment banking, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing analysts including Chirantan Barua of Bernstein Research. However, it is not clear whether McFarlane will attempt to turn the investment bank unit profitable, or simply cut it down, notes Barua. The Journal notes that McFarlane has told friends that his goal will be to boost shareholder returns rather than changing the bank's culture. Reference Link
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