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May 5, 2014
10:34 EDTC, GE, UTX, BEAV, HONAnalysts 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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April 10, 2015
06:22 EDTUTXDoD enacts stricter rules on research spending by contractors, WSJ says
The Department of Defense is enacting stricter rules on how defense companies can spent $4B of the department's research budget, following a report that explained that much of the budget was used to increase contractors' bids or to develop their own proprietary technology, reports the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include BAE Systems (BAESY), Boeing (BA), General Dynamics (GD), Lockheed Martin (LMT), Northrop Grumman (NOC), Raytheon (RTN) and United Technologies (UTX).
06:11 EDTCCiti's head of franchise risk and strategy to retire, WSJ reports
Citigroup's head of franchise risk and strategy, Brian Leach, will retire as of April 30, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing memos from Leach and Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat. Mark Carawan, the bank's audit head, John Davidson, the bank's compliance head, and Chef Risk Offiver Brad Hu, will now report directly to Corbat. Reference Link
April 9, 2015
19:39 EDTCCiti weighs return to Cuba, Reuters says
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17:08 EDTCCiti head of Franchise Risk and Strategy, Brian Leach, to retire on April 30
Brian Leach, Citiís Head of Franchise Risk and Strategy, has submitted a notice of retirement to Citi. The effective date of the retirement is April 30.
16:17 EDTGEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:56 EDTGEGeneral Electric moves higher on deal to sell real estate portfolio
The shares were last at $25.26, trading up over 1%. At this price next resistance is at $26.27. Support is at $25.09, the 50-day moving average.
13:38 EDTGEGE close to selling real estate holdings, WSJ reports
General Electric (GE) is close to selling its real estate holdings to Blackstone (BX) and Wells Fargo (WFC), Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The portfolio has $30B in holdings, the Journal adds. Shares of GE moved up 25c to $25.26 following the report. Reference Link
13:35 EDTGEGE in discussions to sell all or part of real estate assets, Dow Jones says
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07:35 EDTCFitch Ratings to hold a webcast
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06:57 EDTCCitibank sued by Argentina over deal with creditors, Reuters reports
Citibank Argentina has been sued by Argentina over what it says is an illegal deal with a group of creditors in conflict with the government over unpaid debt, Reuters reports. Citigroup says it is "disappointed" by Argentina's legal actions and has denied violating laws. Reference Link
April 8, 2015
17:25 EDTUTX, GECourt reverses $664M judgment against United Technologies
In a regulatory filing, United Technologies (UTX) reports that on April 6, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision in the litigation concering the F100 engine. The litigation arose from allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice that Pratt & Whitney -- a United subsidiary -- violated the civil False Claims Act relating to the competition between Pratt & Whitney's F100 engine and General Electric's (GE) F110 engine, resulting in alleged overpayments by the government for F100 engines under contracts awarded by the U.S. Air Force in fiscal years 1985-1990. On June 17, 2013, a trial court in Ohio rendered a decision awarding the government $473M in damages and penalties, plus prejudgment interest for a total judgment of approximately $664M. In its latest decision, the Sixth Circuit reversed the trial courtís judgment, noting that the government did not prove any damages, and remanded the case to the trial court to decide whether the government should have another opportunity to prove that it suffered any actual damages.
16:01 EDTCActionable Options for Wednesday, April, 8
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09:13 EDTGEElectrolux sees GE Appliances deal closing in 2015
Electrolux (ELUXY) announced that results for the business area Major Appliances North America will be significantly lower than anticipated in Q1. Electrolux operations continue to be negatively impacted by the transition of the product ranges within refrigeration and freezers. This transition is a consequence of the new energy requirements imposed during the second half of 2014. Earnings are also affected by the ramp up of the cooking plant in Memphis, which has been slower than anticipated. Results for the business area in the first quarter 2015 will therefore be negative. A program to restore profitability and increase efficiency is under way. It will require most of 2015 before these actions will show full effect. The preparation work for the integration of GE Appliances (GE) is progressing well and Electrolux remains confident that the transaction will be closed in 2015. During the integration planning, additional synergies of $50M have been identified, in excess of the previously communicated $300M. Total cost synergies are now estimated to $350M.
April 7, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; April 7, 2015
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11:02 EDTCAmerican Express slips after analyst, columnist highlight challenges
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07:16 EDTCRising competition may make AmEx targets hard to achieve, WSJ says
Though American Express recently reaffirmed its long-term targets for growing revenue 8% per year or better and earnings per share by 12%-15% per year while increasing operating expenses by less than 3% per year, there are good reasons to be skeptical about its ability to hit those targets, according to The Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street" column. Competition from peer Visa (V) as well as big banks such as Citi (C) and Bank of America (BAC) may put pressure on AmExís margins and it is not safe to assume that the company will always fare as well on the Fed's stress tests as it just did, the report stated. Reference Link
April 6, 2015
19:33 EDTCRegulators enter headquarters of Citibank Argentina, Reuters says
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08:01 EDTUTXUTC Aerospace Systems awarded contract for Naval Undersea Warfare Center
UTC Aerospace Systems has reached an agreement with the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center to provide high frequency acoustic windows for submarines. The five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract covers deliveries through 2020 to the U.S. Navy. Work will be performed by the Engineered Polymer Products team in Jacksonville, Florida, which is part of UTC Aerospace Systems' Aerostructures business. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies.
April 5, 2015
18:47 EDTGEPart of GE Louisville facility catches fire, Reuters says
A section of General Electric's Louisville, Kentucky facility used for warehousing and offices caught fire on Friday, says Reuters. A company spokesperson said "The fire at GE Appliance Park has been contained," and there were no injuries from the incident, added Reuters. Reference Link
08:43 EDTGEAT&T, Philip Morris, eight others have reliable yields up to 5.7%, Barron's says
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