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May 14, 2014
06:35 EDTBNPQY, CSNY Regulator cooperation crucial to deals with BNP, Credit Suisse, WSJ says
Prosecutors have privately expressed concerns that New York's banking regulator Benjamin Lawsky could complicate the process of potential deals with BNP Paribas (BNPQY) and Credit Suisse (CS), reports the Wall Street Journal. According to several people familiar with the matter, Lawsky's cooperation is "crucial" if the state and federal prosecutors hope to agree to settlements with the banks that would require the banks to plead guilty to crimes. Lawsky could potentially strip the banks of their licenses to operate if they enter guilty pleas. Reference Link
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July 22, 2014
07:24 EDTCSCredit Suisse down 2.2% after reporting Q2 results
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07:17 EDTCSNational Association for Business Economics to hold a seminar
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06:02 EDTCSCredit Suisse says on track to exceed 10% CET1 ratio by year-end
Credit Suisse said it is on track to exceed 10% CET1 ratio by year-end, including continued accrual of cash dividend for 2014.
06:01 EDTCSCredit Suisse to exit commodities trading business
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05:59 EDTCSCredit Suisse reports Q2 net income CHF (700M) vs. CHF 1.05B last year
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July 21, 2014
17:47 EDTCSAstoria Financial to sell non-performing residential mortgages to Credit Suisse
Astoria Financial (AF) announced that the bank had entered into an agreement to sell certain non-performing residential mortgage loans, or NPL, to Credit Suisse (CS) for consideration of approximately $186M. The NPL Sale is expected to close on or about July 31, subject to usual and customary closing conditions. In anticipation of the NPL Sale, such non-performing loans were designated as held-for-sale as of June 30 and were written down from their carrying value of approximately $195M to their estimated fair value of $186M. As a result, the company recorded an $8.7M charge-off and a $5.7M loan loss release in Q2.
13:18 EDTCSCredit Suisse, Fidelity sign agreement to offer great access to IPOs
Fidelity Investments and Credit Suisse Securities announced an agreement that provides Fidelity's brokerage clients the opportunity to participate in initial public offerings and follow-on equity offerings underwritten by Credit Suisse. The agreement expands Credit Suisse's potential investor base to Fidelity's millions of retail brokerage customers, as well as investors who work with advisors through Fidelity's registered investment advisor, correspondent broker/dealer and family office clients. A 2013 Fidelity survey of 2,500 affluent and high-net-worth clients indicated that they had significant interest in IPOs. More than 50% of those surveyed currently buy or are open to investing in IPOs.
11:34 EDTBNPQYBNP suit prompts calls for whistleblower rewards in banking, Reuters says
BNP Paribas' $9B settlement with U.S. authorities, assisted by internal whistleblowers, has prompted calls for federal banking regulators to defend and offer incentives to individuals who report wrongdoing by banks, according to Reuters, citing comments from architect of the Securities and Exchange Commission's whistleblower representation program Jordan Thomas. Reference Link
06:34 EDTCSJulius Baer CEO sees 'fair, equitable' fix to U.S. investigation, Reuters says
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July 17, 2014
06:38 EDTCSStudy says UBS largest private bank with assets near $2T, Reuters says
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06:34 EDTCSBlackRock sells $3.7B of UBS securities to Credit Suisse, Bloomberg says
Blackrock (BLK) sold $3.7B of the $22B of securities it purchased six years ago from UBS (UBS) to Credit Suisse (CS) in yesterday’s auction of mostly subprime-mortgage bonds, according to Bloomberg, citing a person with knowledge of the transaction. Reference Link
July 16, 2014
06:59 EDTCSCredit Suisse granted $3.7B RMBS bond bid list, Reuters says
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July 10, 2014
07:08 EDTCSECB keeps tight grip on banks with health check results, Reuters says
The European Central Bank is targeting to keep a tight grip banks in the final phase of a balance sheet health check in October, giving them only 48 hours to review the test results before publishing them, according to Reuters, citing two people familiar with the matter. The assessment will look into banks’ balance sheets and measure their ability to handle shock and stress. 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).
06:45 EDTCSCredit Suisse asks sentencing for aiding tax evasion be delayed, WSJ reports
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06:24 EDTBNPQYBNP enters guilty plea in U.S. to overstepping sanctions, Reuters says
BNP Paribas entered a guilty in Manhattan federal court to overstepping U.S. sanctions after agreeing to pay $8.97B to resolve state and federal investigations that reached the highest echelons of French and American diplomacy, according to Reuters, citing comments from Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Goldstein. The bank's sentencing date is set for October 3. Reference Link
July 9, 2014
10:02 EDTBNPQYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Advanced Energy (AEIS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... Apollo Global (APO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Artisan Partners (APAM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Nordea... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... BP (BP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Carlyle Group (CG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Coach (COH) downgraded at Buckingham... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Garmin (GRMN) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Gigamon (GIMO) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... International Paper (IP) downgraded at RBC Capital... Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) downgraded at RBC Capital... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Moody's (MCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) downgraded at RBC Capital... Potash (POT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... RGS Energy (RGSE) downgraded at Cowen... Taminco (TAM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Total (TOT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Unilever (UN) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Vectren (VVC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc.
05:49 EDTBNPQYBNP Paribas downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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