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March 11, 2014
12:11 EDTBP, LYGBP: 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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October 28, 2014
05:52 EDTLYGLloyds Banking sees 2014 asset quality ratio around 30 basis points
Lloyds Banking said its 2014 full year asset quality ratio is now expected to be around 30 basis points; guidance previously was for around 35 basis points for the full year. Other guidance reconfirmed: 2014 full year net interest margin expected to be around 2.45%, run-off assets expected to be less than GBP 20B by the end of 2014, and full year statutory profit to be significantly ahead of first half.
05:51 EDTLYGLloyds reports Q3 underlying profit GBP 2.16B vs. GBP 1.52B last year
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05:46 EDTBPBP raises quarterly dividend 5.3% to 10c
BP announced a quarterly dividend of 10c per ordinary share, a 5.3% year-on-year increase. It is expected to be paid in December. BP said it has continued its program of share buybacks and that $10B has now been used to buy back shares for cancellation since March 2013. Divestments with a cumulative value of $4B have now been agreed towards a total of $10B expected by the end of 2015.
05:44 EDTBPBP reports Q3 EPS 99c, consensus 91c
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05:36 EDTBPCGG SA, BP announce R&D agreement
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October 27, 2014
13:13 EDTLYGU.K. banks to raise PPI compensation provisions, Sky News reports
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10:00 EDTLYGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Anadarko (APC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Basic Energy (BAS) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Goldman... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Coca-Cola (KO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... CommScope (COMM) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Concho Resources (CXO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Consolidated Communications (CNSL) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Continental Resources (CLR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Covanta (CVA) assumed with a Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... DCP Midstream (DPM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Denbury Resources (DNR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Diamond Offshore (DO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Diana Shipping (DSX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... EP Energy (EPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... EZchip (EZCH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Chardan... Emerge Energy (EMES) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Encore Wire (WIRE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Enduro Royalty Trust (NDRO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... First Niagara (FNFG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... GOL Linhas (GOL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Halliburton (HAL) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Home Loan Servicing (HLSS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... ICON plc (ICLR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... IHS Inc. (IHS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Jones Energy (JONE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Lloyds Banking (LYG) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Midcoast Energy (MEP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... PDC Energy (PDCE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... PNC Financial (PNC) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Parsley Energy (PE) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded at RBC Capital... Royal Gold (RGLD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... SM Energy (SM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Sanchez Energy (SN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Synergy Resources (SYRG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Ventas (VTR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Zumiez (ZUMZ) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson.
07:43 EDTLYGLloyds narrow passing grade puts divididend restart in question, Reuters says
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05:23 EDTLYGLloyds Banking downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies
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October 26, 2014
17:32 EDTLYGEuropean banks may gain after ECB stress tests, Bloomberg says
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17:07 EDTBPVenezuela decides against Citgo sale, WSJ says
Venezuela has decided against selling its U.S. refining unit Citgo, says the Wall street Journal. Earlier this year Venezuelan officials indicated that they were looking to sell Citgo for as much as $10B, added the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
13:27 EDTLYGECB releases results of bank stress test
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October 24, 2014
08:44 EDTLYGECB draft shows 25 EU banks set to fail stress test, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites a draft ECB document the news service has viewed. Publicly traded EU 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).
07:23 EDTBPHalliburton feels BP spill trial proposal should be declined, Bloomberg says
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06:22 EDTBPStatoil secures new Australian exploration permit
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October 23, 2014
11:41 EDTBPBP downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale
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09:01 EDTBPChevron announces oil discovery in deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico
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05:53 EDTBPBP, GDF Suez discover new Central North Sea field
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October 22, 2014
13:39 EDTLYGLloyds plans 9,000 job cuts over three years, Mark Kleiman says
Mark Kleiman of Sky News said in a tweet that Lloyds will cut 9,000 jobs over three years, or 10% of its workforce. An announcement is expected next week. Reference Link
October 21, 2014
08:18 EDTLYGBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded large EU 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
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