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May 5, 2014
10:34 EDTBEAV, GE, HON, UTX, CAnalysts weigh in after BE Aerospace begins exploring sale
Shares of BE Aerospace (BEAV) are climbing after the company announced that it was exploring strategic alternatives, including a possible sales of the company. Analysts at Jefferies and Deutsche Bank had very different outlooks on the company following the news. WHAT'S NEW: BE Aerospace yesterday said that it would explore strategic alternatives meant to increase shareholder value. The company stated that it could elect to sell itself, or spin-off or sell a number of its businesses. Other strategic transactions may also be pursued, added the company, which noted that it had hired Citigroup (C) as its financial advisor and Shearman & Sterling as its legal advisor in connection with this process. ANALYST REACTION: BE Aerospace could be sold for about $107 per share, wrote Jefferies analyst Howard Rubel in a note to investors earlier today. The company could appeal to a strategic partner because of recent innovations that have enabled it to increase its market share, according to Rubel. Moreover, BE Aerospace has strong relationships with its customers and is benefiting from the growing importance that airlines attach to the interior of their planes, added the analyst, who increased his price target on the shares to $107 from $85 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. Another firm, FBR Capital, said it views BE Aerospace as a "very attractive asset" since it is the market leader in both the commercial aerospace OEM supply-chain and aftermarket end-markets. The firm thinks both strategic buyers and private equity could be interested and said it can "easily see" a multi-bidder situation developing now that the company is exploring alternatives. FBR has an Outperform rating on the stock. Conversely, Deutsche Bank analyst Myles Walton wrote that an acquisition of BE Aerospace would be quite expensive and that potential acquirers may find it difficult to make such a purchase profitable. Additionally many companies that could potentially buy BE Aerospace - including GE (GE), Honeywell (HON), and United Technologies (UTX) - would not be interested in doing so, the analyst believes. Walton kept a Hold rating on BE Aerospace. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, BE Aerospace shares jumped 11.2% to $98.92.
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July 12, 2014
18:08 EDTGE, UTXeasyJet said to choose GE-Safran engine for Airbus jets, WSJ says
easyJet (ESYJY) is set to order engines from a partnership of General Electric (GE) and France's Safran to power 100 Airbus Group (EADSY) NV A320neo jets, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the WSJ report United Technologies (UTX) unit Pratt & Whitney was also aggressively competing for the order. Reference Link
16:35 EDTUTXSikorsky, Boeing selected to develop ‘Digital Backbone’ for Future Vertical Lift
Boeing (BA) and Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies (UTX) have been selected to help develop the Joint Common Architecture, JCA, standard for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role, JMR, Science and Technology program, an element of the Future Vertical Lift, FVL, initiative. The Technology Investment Agreement was awarded by the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate on June 30.
July 11, 2014
15:59 EDTCOptions Update; July 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 28.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD X FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:44 EDTCCitigroup technical comments ahead of results
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15:28 EDTCCitigroup July 47 straddle priced for 2.8% move into Q2
12:12 EDTCCitigroup to host conference call
Management holds a 2Q Fixed Income Investor Review conference call on July 18 at 11 am. Webcast Link
10:28 EDTCURS Corporation working with banks on potential sale, Reuters reports
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09:37 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL WFC C SUNE FB AMZN TSLA TWTR
08:05 EDTGEGE Capital increases credit facility for OraMetrix
GE Capital’s Healthcare Financial Services business announced that it is the sole lender on a $10M senior secured term loan for OraMetrix. This transaction refinances the company’s previous $7.5M multi-draw senior secured term loan facility and provides it with an additional $2.5M. The funds will be used for working capital and growth initiatives.
08:03 EDTGEGE Capital provides MerchSource with $130M credit facility
GE Capital announced it is providing MerchSource with a $130M senior credit facility providing working capital for the company’s operations in the U.S. and Hong Kong.
07:45 EDTGEWith Alstom agreement settled, attention on GE turns to earnings, Reuters says
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07:20 EDTCBig banks seen losing reserve release cushion, Reuters says
Releasing loan-loss reserves has helped U.S. big banks weather a period of weak loan demand and lower fee income, but Q2 results from the banks may see less benefit from the practice as loss rates and reserves near their lower limits, said Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
July 10, 2014
13:58 EDTUTXPentagon says F-35 fire may have been isolated incident, The Hill says
A fire on an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter plane may have been an isolated incident, and not indicative of a systemic problem, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer told lawmakers today, according to The Hill. The Pentagon has grounded the planes, which are made by Lockheed Martin (LMT) and United Technologies (UTX). Reference Link
08:12 EDTUTXPratt & Whitney, U.S. government close to $2B engine deal, WSJ reports
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07:29 EDTGEGeneral Electric volatility elevated into Q2 and revenue outlook
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06:20 EDTCCalifornia, New York among states to share in Citigroup settlement, LA Times say
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July 9, 2014
09:04 EDTHONHoneywell's UOP green fuels technology selected by Petrixo
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07:06 EDTGEUniversal Stainless & Alloy achieves S-400, S-1000 approvals from GE Aviation
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06:51 EDTCBofA also in talks with DOJ to settle civil probes over mortgage unit, WSJ says
In addition to the talks with Citigroup (C), the Department of Justice has also has been in talks with Bank of America (BAC) to resolve civil probes over its mortgage business, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
06:37 EDTCCitigroup close to settling mortgage probe for $7B, NY Times reports
Citigroup is nearing a deal with the Justice Department, under which the bank would pay about $7B to settle a civil probe of mortgage investments it sold, according to The New York Times. Dow Jones yesterday reported that Citigroup would pay about $4B to settle the probe. Reference Link
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