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News For BLK;MET;FCY;AEG;MTG;JPM;MS;BBT;BAC;FRE;FNM From The Last 14 Days
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March 27, 2015
13:47 EDTBACBofA Merrill's John Cavanagh leaves bank, Reuters reports
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10:03 EDTAEGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AEGON (AEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Alkermes (ALKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Black Diamond (BDE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Feltl... Diodes (DIOD) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... EMC (EMC) downgraded at Pacific Crest... Epizyme (EPZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... FutureFuel (FF) downgraded Neutral at Roth Capital... GameStop (GME) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... MSC Industrial (MSM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Semtech (SMTC) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Vantiv (VNTV) downgraded at SunTrust... Vivendi (VIVHY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... World Acceptance (WRLD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
10:03 EDTBBTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTBAC, JPM, MSGoldman Sachs overtakes JPMorgan in commodities rankings, Reuters says
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06:49 EDTJPM, MSBNY Mellon may have contacted recruitment firm for CEO candidates, Reuters says
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06:00 EDTBBTBB&T upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
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05:44 EDTAEGAEGON downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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March 26, 2015
18:28 EDTBLKBlackRock, First Reserve to acquire equity stakes in PEMEX pipeline projects
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11:46 EDTBACBofA: Naming CEO Moynihan chairman followed 'probing independent review'
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10:04 EDTAEGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:17 EDTBAC, JPM, MSSEC Chairwoman proposes new 'dark pool' regulation, NY Post says
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White proposed new regulation Wednesday that would require high-frequency traders to register with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and provide the agency with a daily paper trail, reports the New York Post. The Post notes that there is a 60-day comment period before any SEC rule is finalized. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
07:17 EDTAEGAEGON downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
06:15 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CEO planning further changes to management team, WSJ reports
Over the next few months, sources tell The Wall Street Journal that Morgan Stanley Chairman and CEO James Gorman is planning further changes to the bank's management team as part of Gorman's efforts to prepare the bank for the next phase of its turnaround. Sources say Gorman is also looking to lay the groundwork for a succession plan. The bank said this week that Jonathan Pruzan will succeed Ruth Porat as CFO. Reference Link
05:52 EDTAEGAEGON downgraded to Hold from Buy at ABN Amro
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March 25, 2015
09:02 EDTJPMCitizens names Donald McCree as vice chairman, head of commercial banking
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07:22 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO selected partly due to experience with regulators, WSJ says
Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman selected Jonathan Pruzan to succeed Ruth Porat as CFO in part because Pruzan "understands the current regulatory environment" due to his role advising other banks on the Fed's stress test, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing an internal memo from Gorman. The Journal notes that Pruzan is a diplomatic "banker to other bankers," having advised Morgan Stanley's peers and rivals on financial matters as well as managing relationships with regulators. Reference Link
March 24, 2015
16:20 EDTMSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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10:44 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO change a 'manageable uncertainty,' says Wells Fargo
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09:09 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO Porat to join Google as new CFO
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Morgan Stanley (MS) this morning announced that current Morgan Stanley Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat will leave the firm and take on the same role at Google. WHAT'S NEW: Morgan Stanley said in a filing that Porat, who joined the firm in 1987, will leave the company, effective April 30. At Morgan Stanley, Porat was previously vice chairman of Investment Banking, global head of the Financial Institutions Group and and co-head of Technology Investment Banking. Google said in a separate statement that Porat will join the company as CFO on May 26. At Google, Porat will report to Google Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, Larry Page. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Jonathan Pruzan, currently co-head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, will succeed Porat as the bank's CFO upon Porat's departure. PRICE ACTION: Morgan Stanley is down 0.14% in pre-market trading and Google is up 1.09%.
08:59 EDTMSMorgan Stanley confirms Jonathan Pruzan will succeed Ruth Porat as CFO
Morgan Stanley (MS) announced in a filing that Ruth Porat, executive VP and CFO, would leave the company on April 30. In a memo, CEO James Gorman says, "After a 28-year career at Morgan Stanley, Ruth Porat has decided to leave the Firm to take on a new role in Silicon Valley and return to her California roots. It is with a heavy heart that we see her go. Ruth joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 and has played a number of key roles at the Firm, from her time leading the tech banking franchise during the Internet boom, to leading the FIG banking team during the financial crisis, then as CFO partnering with the senior team to transform Morgan Stanley for the new regulatory environment. She has been a mentor and sponsor to many colleagues, and a role model for even more. Her tremendous energy, diligence and insight have been an enormous asset to the Firm... Jonathan Pruzan, currently Co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking, will be appointed CFO upon Ruthís departure. Jon joined Morgan Stanley in 1994 and has spent more than 20 years at the Firm working with financial institution clients. He understands the current regulatory environment, having shepherded clients through the Fedís stress test and CCAR processes. He brings both great technical skill and proven leadership to this new role. Jon has served on the Morgan Stanley/MUFG steering committee since 2013 and will continue to do so. He will join the Firmís Operating Committee and Management Committee."
08:57 EDTMSGoogle confirms that Morgan Stanley's Ruth Porat to join company as CFO
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08:55 EDTMSGoogle to name Ruth Porat as CFO, Bloombeg reports
Dow Jones previously reported that Porat is leaving Morgan Stanley (MS).
08:53 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO Porat leaving bank for role in Silicon Valley, DJ reports
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07:45 EDTJPM, MET, BAC, MSMetLife CEO letter may be early sign of bank earnings headwinds, WSJ says
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March 23, 2015
09:56 EDTBACMassachusetts securities regulator fines Merrill Lynch $2.5M, Reuters reports
Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin has fined Bank of America's Merrill Lynch unit $2.5M for failing to supervise employees properly, Reuters reports. Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith was accused of failing to stick to its own compliance rules. Reference Link
09:45 EDTFREUBS to hold a field trip
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07:43 EDTBLK, METOcwen issues rebuttal letter to trustees
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07:19 EDTMSCapital Link to hold a forum
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06:29 EDTBLK, METOcwen responds to investor allegations, WSJ says
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March 22, 2015
15:13 EDTMETU.S. may push out deadline for MetLife's 'living will,' Bloomberg says
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March 20, 2015
10:36 EDTBACBank of America changes bylaws to allow some investors to nominate directors
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09:19 EDTBLKBlackRock management to meet with JPMorgan
Meetings to be held in Boston on March 24-25 hosted by JPMorgan.
05:57 EDTBACBank of America faces pressure to defend structure, Financial Times reports
Bank of America will have to defend its current structure at its annual meeting in May after the SEC allowed a small shareholder the right to challenge the board on a break-up, reports the Financial Times. Bank of America's board could be under pressure to appoint a committee to examine a plan for divesting all non-core banking businesses if a proposal from Barlett Naylor of Public Citizen is adopted. Reference Link
March 19, 2015
15:29 EDTJPMJPMorgan execs 'brace' for potential investment/commercial bank cuts, FBN says
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12:29 EDTJPMJudge dismisses lawsuit over $13B JPMorgan-Justice Dept settlement, Reuters says
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to block a $13B settlement reached between JPMorgan and the U.S. Justice Department over mortgage loans, reports Reuters. Judge Beryl Howell accepted a motion by the Justice Department to dismiss the lawsuit, which argued the non-profit group Better Markets lacked standing to sue. Howell said, "The plaintiff has failed to meet its burden to show it has suffered an injury in fact." Reference Link
11:53 EDTBAC, MS, JPMU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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07:42 EDTBLKThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to hold a meeting
The Commission discusses Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress, Black Hills Power and Westar Energy in an Open Commission Meeting being held at FERC Washington, D.C.'s offices on March 19 at 10 am. Webcast Link
07:22 EDTMETMetLife to consolidate NYC locations in MetLife Building, WSJ says
MetLife (MET) signed a twelve-year lease with Tishman Speyer (TSEYF) to increase its space in the MetLife Building in order to consolidate its four New York City locations into the namesake building above Grand Central Terminal, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:30 EDTBACSEC says BofA must put investment bank spinoff to shareholder vote, Reuters says
The SEC has told Bank of America that it must allow shareholders to vote on whether the company will attempt to spin off its investment bank unit, reports Reuters, citing a decision by the Securities and Exchange Commission. A bank spokesperson said the company "will respond to the proposal in our proxy statement." Reference Link
March 18, 2015
08:25 EDTJPMSamson near deal for covenant breach waiver, NY Post says
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07:44 EDTJPMJPMorgan to purchase $45B of mortage service rights from Ocwen, NY Post says
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07:18 EDTBLKWells Fargo to hold a forum
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07:10 EDTBACPlatts to hold a forum
11th Annual Steel Markets North America is being held in Chicago on March 17-18.
March 17, 2015
16:41 EDTJPMJPMorgan formally authorizes $6.4B equity repurchase program
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14:37 EDTJPMCiti, Barclays near $800M settelement of forex suit, WSJ says
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13:10 EDTJPMJPMorgan could acquire Ocwen's Fannie MSR portfolio, IMF reports
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10:42 EDTBBTBB&T remains an underappreciated story, says BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill reiterated its Buy rating and $44 price target on BB&T and said it remains an underappreciated and under-owned. The firm notes BB&T is using excess capital and currency strength to return capital to shareholders and pursue accretive deals. BofA/Merrill thinks the Susquehanna deal could prove more beneficial than the market perceives and its excess liquidity position makes it more rate sensitive versus peers. Shares are Buy rated with a $44 price target.
10:00 EDTBLKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Aimco (AIV) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Alnylam (ALNY) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... American Campus (ACC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... BE Aerospace (BEAV) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... BlackRock (BLK) initiated with a Buy at Argus... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... CarMax (KMX) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Central Pacific (CPF) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Cognex (CGNX) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Education Realty (EDR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... EnerSys (ENS) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Equity Lifestyle (ELS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... LinkedIn (LNKD) initiated with a Sell at Brean Capital... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... NetSuite (N) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Paycom (PAYC) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Platform Specialty Products (PAH) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Post Properties (PPS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Salesforce.com (CRM) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Snap-On (SNA) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Sun Communities (SUI) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Workday (WDAY) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Xplore Technologies (XPLR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Yahoo (YHOO) initiated with a Hold at Argus.
08:34 EDTBACBank of America reinstated with an Outperform at Raymond James
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08:11 EDTBLKBlackRock initiated with a Buy at Argus
Target $411.
05:34 EDTJPMJPMorgan providing financial advice to UK government to fight dementia
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March 16, 2015
13:05 EDTMSMorgan Stanley's quarter not shaping up to be strong one, says Rafferty Capital
Rafferty Capital's Dick Bove said Morgan Stanley's current quarter is not shaping up to be a strong one. Bove said industry trade data from the NY Federal Reserve Bank is not that encouraging with fall offs in numbers in key categories. The analyst believes trading is flat to down overall in the quarter and investment banking its not fairing much better. Bove still views Morgan Stanley among his top picks for 2015 despite near-term issues.
12:33 EDTMSMorgan Stanley may be challenged in quarter, says Rafferty Capital
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10:22 EDTBACBank of America February default rate 2.98% vs. 2.93% last month
Reports February delinquency rate 1.86% vs. 1.83% last month.
08:28 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports February net credit losses 2.42% vs. 2.53% last month
Reports February delinquency rate 1.35% vs. 1.34% last month.
06:20 EDTJPMU.S.poised to charge JPMorgan hacking suspects, NY Times says
U.S. authorities probing last summer's cyberattack on JPMorgan are increasingly confident that they will be able to file criminal charges against perpetrators of the attack in coming months, according to The New York Times, which cited unnamed sources who have been briefed on the investigation. Several of the suspects are located in countries with whom the U.S. has extradition treaties, the newspaper explained. Reference Link
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