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May 20, 2014
08:07 EDTICE, MHFI, AMP, BCS, BLK, CME, TCB, BK, AIGUBS to hold a conference
Global Financial Services Conference to be held in New York on May 20-21 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 20 at 8:45 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
News For BK;AIG;ICE;MHFI;AMP;BCS;BLK;CME;TCB From The Last 14 Days
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July 28, 2014
15:47 EDTMHFINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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06:55 EDTBCSBarclays may reval GBP30B reduction in "bad bank," London Times reports
Barclays may reveal on Wednesday with its earnings report that it has reduced the size of its "bad bank" by as much as GBP30B, the London Times reports. Barclays previously said it looked to slash the size of the unit to about GBP80B by the end of the year. Reference Link
06:48 EDTBKNASDAQ appoints BNY Mellon to provide U.S. Treasury clearing, custody
BNY Mellon (BK) has been appointed by NASDAQ OMX Clearing (NDAQ) to provide EMIR, or European Market Infrastructure Regulation, compliant clearing and custody services for U.S. Treasuries within the NASDAQ OMX Group's new European clearing business. The new mandate extends BNY Mellon's existing relationship with NASDAQ OMX - it was appointed by the exchange as a cash settlement bank in 2013 - and reinforces BNY Mellon's position as a leading custodial service provider to central counterparties, or CCPs. Both EMIR and the Dodd-Frank legislation in the U.S. mandate the migration of over-the-counter derivatives from bilateral clearance to CCPs.
July 25, 2014
08:05 EDTTCBTCF Financial reports Q2 EPS 29c, consensus 27c
Reports Q2 revenue $310.1M, consensus $204.99M. Reports Q2 provision for credit losses $9.9M. Reports Q2 non-accrual loans and leases of $260.3M. Reports Q2 loan and lease originations $3.5B. Reports return on average tangible common equity of 12.72%.
06:40 EDTBCSLoan write down standards changed for non-U.S. banks, NY Times says
A new accounting rule will enable banks outside of the U.S. to write down the value of loans earlier but could cause loans to become less attractive for those banks, according to The New York Times. The rule was issued by the International Accounting Standards Board, whose guidelines are followed in more than 100 countries but not in America, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded European banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS).Reference Link
July 24, 2014
10:46 EDTBCSBarclays files motion to dismiss lawsuit over dark pool, NY Times reports
Barclays filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit from the NY State attorney general that accused the bank of lying to customers on its private stock market, reports the New York Times. The bank said its customers were sophisticated enough to understand that "glossy marketing brochures" do not reflect its actual composition. Reference Link
10:09 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill Financial retreats after receiving Wells Notice
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06:43 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill Financial regulatory risks look manageable, says Piper Jaffray
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July 23, 2014
17:07 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill Financial drops 1% to $81.87 after disclosing Wells Notice
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17:06 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill Financial receives Wells Notice from SEC
McGraw Hill Financial announced that on July 22, it received a "Wells Notice" from the SEC stating that the agency’s staff has made a preliminary determination to recommend that the Commission institute an enforcement action against Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, alleging violations of federal securities laws with respect to S&P's ratings of six commercial mortgage backed securities transactions issued in 2011, and public disclosure made by S&P regarding those ratings thereafter. In connection with the contemplated action, the staff may recommend that the SEC seek remedies that include a cease-and-desist order, disgorgement, pre-judgment interest, civil money penalties, and remedial sanctions such as revocation or suspension of S&P's NRSRO registration. McGraw Hill Financial added, "The Wells Notice is neither a formal allegation nor a finding of wrongdoing. It allows S&P the opportunity to provide its perspective and to address the issues raised by the Staff before any decision is made by the Commission on whether to authorize the commencement of an enforcement proceeding. S&P has been cooperating with the Commission in this matter and intends to continue to do so."
14:35 EDTBKBNY Mellon price target raised to $45 from $40 at Argus
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13:10 EDTBLKBlackRock announces support for SEC money market reform
BlackRock said in a statement, "BlackRock supports the SEC’s efforts to improve the resiliency of U.S. money market funds during times of stress and appreciates the thoughtful, deliberate and consultative process the Agency has undertaken to achieve this result. In light of these changes, we believe that money market funds will continue to prove a valuable cash investment strategy. BlackRock is well positioned to offer our clients the full spectrum of stable NAV, floating NAV, Government, Prime and Municipal cash management products. We look forward to engaging closely with our clients over the coming months to discuss the wide array of cash solutions available to successfully adapt to these new reforms."
July 22, 2014
13:18 EDTBLKEarnings Preview: Apple reports after stock split, Beats purchase, iOS 8 launch
Apple (AAPL) is set to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the world's most valuable company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other desktop and mobile computing devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.23 on revenue of $37.99B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.14-$1.37 on revenue of $36.58B-$40.31B. In a note to investors, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Street analysts expect year-over-year iPhone sales growth of 14% to 35M-36M units, flat iPad sales of 14M-15M units, and a Q3 gross margin of 38%. Munster added that he expects Apple to guide Q4 revenues to $39B-$41B, which is in keeping with Street estimates for about $40.4B in Q4 revenue. LAST QUARTER: Apple reported second quarter EPS of $11.62 on revenue of $45.6B, which topped estimates for $10.18 and $43.5B, respectively. Apple reported iPhones sales of 43.7M units, iPad sales of 16.35M units and Mac sales of 4.14M. Apple said it sees Q3 revenue of $36B-$38B and a gross margin of 37%-38%. Along with its Q2 report, Apple announced a seven-for-one stock split. Apple also announced that its board raised its share repurchase authorization to $90B from the $60B level announced last year and an increase to the company’s quarterly dividend of approximately 8% to $3.29 per common share. NEWS: On May 28, Apple confirmed that it agreed to buy Beats Music, which operates a streaming music service, and Beats Electronics, which makes and sells electronic music products such as headphones and speakers, for $3B. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple said at that time that it expects the transaction to close in Q4. On June 2, Apple announced OS X Yosemite, a new version of OS X redesigned and refined with a new look, new apps and new continuity features. Apple also unveiled iOS 8, a new version of its mobile operating system with new features for users and developers. Among the features were iCloud Photo Library, which allows user to enjoy photos and videos more easily across devices, new Messages features to easily share voice, video or photos, and a new Health app. Apple noted that the software development kit, or SDK, for iOS 8 was its "biggest developer release ever," with more than 4,000 new APIs. Apple and IBM announced last week that they would collaborate to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Under the deal, the companies will develop more than 100 enterprise solutions, including native apps, for Apple's iPhone and iPads. Moreover, IBM will sell iPhone and iPads to all of its business clients around the world, the companies noted. Also last week, Apple announced that Susan Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock (BLK), has been elected to Apple's board and that Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service. Mac Rumors reported on July 10 that Apple was said to have ordered 68M iPhone 6 devices, citing a report in Taiwan's Business Weekly. That's double the amount of phones that the tech giant ordered prior to launching the iPhone 5 in 2012, the tech blog noted. The Wall Street Journal subsequently claimed that Apple has asked its suppliers to manufacture between 70M-80M of its two upcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year. ANALYST OPINION: On the day after Apple's last quarterly report, CLSA upgraded its rating on the shares to Buy from Outperform. On May 9, ISI Group downgraded Apple to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. On June 2, following Apple's launch event for iOS 8, Piper Jaffray said it believed parts of Apple's new operating system point towards a possible iWatch later in the year and potential connected home products in the future. Piper said at that time that Apple remains on track to deliver multiple new product categories by the end of 2014. On June 17, Societe Generale upgraded Apple to Buy from Hold. On July 14, Barclays raised its rating on Apple to Overweight from Equal Weight, citing its channel checks that indicated near-term upside to consensus estimates. The firm also believes troubles at Samsung are creating an opportunity for Apple to regain market share and raised its price target for Apple shares to $110 from $95. The same day, Morgan Stanley said its survey results suggest June quarter iPhone demand upside. The firm raised its iPhone unit estimate to 36M from 34M and increased its EPS estimate to $1.24. Morgan Stanley increased it price target on Apple to $110 per share. Yesterday, JMP Securities upgraded Apple to Outperform from Market Perform, as the firm thinks the company is poised to report higher than expected sales and gross margins over the near-term and intermediate term. JMP set a price target of $135 on the stock. In his note previewing Apple's quarter, Munster wrote that Apple's guidance for its September-end quarter should tell investors if new iPhones are launching in September or later in the year. The Piper analyst expects a typical September launch, which could give the company 5 or 12 days of sales with the new phone depending on a standard Friday launch and its timing. Munster estimated the potential 7 day swing in the timing of the new phone could mean a 3M-4M unit and about $2B difference in the guidance for Q4, citing recent weekly run-rates for iPhone sales near launch quarters. PRICE ACTION: Each Apple shareholder of record at the close of business on June 2 received six additional shares for every share held on the record date and trading began on a split-adjusted basis on June 9. Shares of Apple advanced about 8% on the first day of trade following its Q2 report. Since the first day of trade following its last quarterly report, shares of Apple are up nearly 26%. In early afternoon trading ahead of its Q3 report tonight, Apple was up fractionally to just over $94 per share.
07:31 EDTBCSSenate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee to hold a hearing
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07:16 EDTBCSBarclays plunges from 2nd to 12th in U.S. dark pool ranks after suit, FT says
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06:43 EDTAIGMalaysia Airlines incidents rattle insurance market, NY Times says
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July 21, 2014
08:11 EDTBCSWarnings sounded over Barclays dark pool months before NY AG, WSJ says
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07:29 EDTAIGAIG settlement with BofA takes crisis claw back total up to $2B, FT says
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July 18, 2014
11:21 EDTBCSBritish antitrust regulator to investigate country's banks, NY Times reports
The U.K.'s antitrust authorities said they expected to open a formal investigation into Britain's retail banking industry, reports the New York Times. The regulators cited barriers to competition that include control of a national network of branches by four large banks that control more than three-quarters of the market. Reference Link
06:36 EDTBKBNY Mellon reports Q2 EPS ex-items 62c, consensus 56c
Reports Q2 revenue $3.75B, consensus $3.77B. Reports Q2 book value per share $32.49. Reports Q2 Basel I CET1 ratio 13.2%. Reports Q2 Basel III CET1 ratio 10.4%. Reports Q2 asset servicing revenue up 3%, year-over-year. Reports Q2 AUC/A up 9% to $28.5T.
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