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June 16, 2014
07:14 EDTBSYBY, MS, BCS, FOXBSkyB picks Barclays, Morgan Stanley to advise on European units, Reuters says
According to a source, BSkyB (BSYBY) has selected Barclays (BCS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to advise it on plans to acquire Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia, its German and Italian sister companies, Reuters reports. Reference Link
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August 20, 2014
18:29 EDTMSBofA, JPMorgan weigh plans to raise salaries for junior bankers, Bloomberg says
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17:14 EDTBCSBarclays settles Thornburg Mortgage lawsuit, WSJ says
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August 18, 2014
06:47 EDTMSU.S. banks consider Ireland fitting spot for EU divisions, FT says
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August 15, 2014
06:48 EDTMSMorgan Stanley settles overtime pay suit with $4.2M, Reuters says
Morgan Stanley and sales assistants in the firm's wealth management division system who alleged that they were owed overtime compensation finally agreed to settle the matter with $4.2M, according to Reuters, citing comments from a company spokeswoman in an e-mail. The spokeswoman said, “Morgan Stanley maintains robust policies to ensure that non-exempt employees are paid for all time worked. However, with this settlement we will put an end to protracted and expensive litigation that is a distraction from our business.” Reference Link
August 14, 2014
06:18 EDTBCSNASDAQ, CME Group eyes Barclays index division, Bloomberg says
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August 13, 2014
13:35 EDTBCSBarclays index division eyed by Bloomberg, Markit, WSJ says
Barclay's fixed-income index division is being eyed by both Bloomberg and Markit as a potential acquisition, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The sources said that the offers being discussed are falling around $1B and other possible bidders are still keeping tabs on the talks. Reference Link
06:31 EDTBCSAnalyst says Barclays up against $2B in crime expenses, Bloomberg says
Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Chirantan Barua said that Barclays is up against expenses worth as much as $2B for supposedly fixing currency markets, being untruthful to customers about its U.S. dark pool trading and mis-selling interest-rate swaps, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from Barua. Barua said that the firm could finalize settlements by the end of the year. Reference Link
06:19 EDTMSBanks pressing Federal Reserve to delay rule on investments, WSJ says
Banks are pushing U.S. policy makers for a delay of a rule that requires them to sell investments in private-equity and venture-capital funds, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to people familiar with the effort, bank officials, trade groups and lawmakers are lobbying the Federal Reserve to delay the rule for up to seven years that limits banks' investments. Reference Link
August 12, 2014
07:48 EDTMSBanks posted second-highest profit in 23 years in second quarter, WSJ says
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August 11, 2014
07:22 EDTBCSHSBC will not follow Barclays in rolling private bank into retail biz, FT says
HSBC (HSBC) CEO Stuart Gulliver has pledged to retain his group’s private bank as a standalone division and will not go the way of rival Barclays’ (BCS), which combined its private banking operation into its retail division in May, said Financial Times. Reference Link
August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTFOXMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
07:18 EDTMSRegulators direct banks to steer mortgage aid to hard-hit areas, FT says
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August 7, 2014
13:25 EDTFOXEarnings Preview: CBS shares little changed since Q1 report
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09:06 EDTFOXTime Warner reported strong results, says BMO Capital
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