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March 11, 2014
12:11 EDTLYG, BPBP: Currency traders did not engage in inappropriate trading, Reuters reports
Following a media report alleged one of BP's (BP) currency traders received information from a dealer at Lloyds (LYG), the British oil company has fired back by saying that none of its traders engaged in inappropriate trading activity, Reuters reports. "We carried out a detailed investigation into this allegation, including examining communication on messaging systems and phone, and trading activity," a BP spokesman said, adding that "Based on this detailed investigation, we strongly refute any suggestion that any BP FX traders engaged in inappropriate trading activity in this market." Reference Link
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December 18, 2014
06:38 EDTLYGU.K. says to reduce stake in Lloyds Banking, NY Times reports
The British government said it would cut its stake in U.K. bank Lloyds Banking (LYG) by gradually selling shares over the next six months, according to The New York Times. The government could begin selling shares soon, although the process may not kick off until 2015, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
December 17, 2014
13:24 EDTLYGMorgan Stanley gets GBP1 fee to sell stake in Lloyds, WSJ says
Morgan Stanley (MS) has landed a prestigious deal and will collect a fee of GBP1 or $1.57 to sell down a potentially large stake in Lloyds Banking Group (LYG), says the Wall Street Journal. Morgan Stanley has until June 30, 2015 to sell what may amount to GBP3B worth of stock, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
09:50 EDTLYGUK Financial Investments announces intent to sell shares in Lloyds Banking
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December 16, 2014
06:56 EDTLYGRoyal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds fail stress test, NY Times says
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Lloyds (LYG) failed a stress test performed by the Bank of England, according to The New York Times. The central bank found that Royal Bank and Lloyds would not have had enough capital to withstand a severe financial shock at the end of last year, the newspaper stated. However, Lloyds has raised enough capital this year to survive the stress test scenario, the newspaper quoted the Bank of England as saying. Reference Link
06:35 EDTLYGBank of England says seven of eight banks pass stress test
The Bank of England said that all but one of the eight banks passed its stress test. The one bank, Co-operative, needs to submit a revised plan to strengthen its balance sheet. Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Lloyds (LYG) and Co-operative were found to be the most susceptible to a housing crash and spike in unemployment. RBS and Lloyds passed the stress test, however. Both banks need improved capital positions, but have already put in place plans to do so, the central bank's Prudential Regulation Authority stated. Reference Link
December 15, 2014
13:00 EDTBPEU conditionally approves BP acquisition of jet fuel unit, Reuters says
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December 14, 2014
17:07 EDTBPOPEC's Badri says group will withstand oil price fall, Reuters says
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December 12, 2014
06:51 EDTBPBrent crude oil fell to five year low, Reuters reports
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December 11, 2014
13:40 EDTLYGEuro zone banks accepted $160B in low interest loans, NY Times says
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December 10, 2014
12:42 EDTBPBP volatility increases as shares trade at 30-month low
BP December and January call option implied volatility is at 31; compared to its 26-week average of 17 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
10:00 EDTBPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:06 EDTBPBP sees $1B in group-wide restructuring charges over coming year
"Although the current environment is challenging, BP is well-positioned to respond and manage our Upstream business for the long term,” said Upstream CEO Lamar McKay. “We expect to see growth from our conventional and deepwater assets and an increasing contribution from gas. And we also have a quality pipeline of opportunities that we believe are capable of extending underlying growth well beyond 2020. Our focus throughout will remain firmly on safe operations, execution efficiency and greater plant reliability.” BP also said that, as part of its wider ongoing Group-wide programme to simplify across its Upstream and Downstream activities and corporate functions, it expects to incur non-operating restructuring charges of circa $1B in total over the next five quarters, including the current quarter. Details of these charges and further guidance on the program are expected to be given with each quarter’s results. Across the Group, BP has said it will be looking to pare or re-phase capital expenditure without compromising safety or future growth. In October, BP told investors this could result in reductions of $1B-$2B in capital expenditure across the Group in 2015 against guidance of $24B-$26B laid out in March. This will be reviewed further as part of the 2015 plan, recognising the current outlook for oil prices. Between now and 2020, the Upstream team’s focus will be on delivery, through safe and reliable operations, strong execution in the existing base business, and the start-up of a suite of new projects which are expected to be capable of adding over 900,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day of net incremental production to BP’s portfolio by 2020. BP will also be progressing opportunities expected to continue to drive underlying growth into the next decade as it builds out its well-established conventional and deepwater oil positions and a distinctive and material portfolio of gas options.
05:53 EDTBPBP upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded BP (BP) to Buy saying shares could see an inflection point in 2015 with the Macondo penalty phase going to trial in January. Deutsche coupled the upgrade of BP with a downgrade of Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) to Hold.
December 9, 2014
11:40 EDTBPBP to invest $12B in Egypt over next five years, Reuters reports
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08:39 EDTBPBP to close U.S. cellulosic operations, Bloomberg reports
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December 8, 2014
10:53 EDTBPBP to continue advocating for probe of suspicious, implausible spill claims
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10:11 EDTBPBP's plea to review Deepwater Horizon settlement rejected, WSJ reports
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07:53 EDTBPClimate for Exxon E&P acquisition improved by falling prices, WSJ says
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06:09 EDTBPBP to cut hundreds of U.K. jobs this week, Guardian reports
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December 7, 2014
19:41 EDTBPBP set to reduce middle management ranks, freeze projects, Sunday Times says
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