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March 7, 2014
07:50 EDTFB, BXBlackstone's Studzinski questions Facebook's WhatsApp deal, CNBC reports
Blackstone's (BX) senior managing director and global head of Blackstone Advisory Partners John Studzinski told CNBC that the $16B Facebook (FB) is paying for WhatsApp is hard to justify, but there is clearly value in the app's 450M. "That expression, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You probably have to go back to some aspect of that. I can't justify it but then again I don't have Mark Zuckerberg's vision, I don't have his check book," he said.Reference Link
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May 18, 2015
08:22 EDTFBVerizon deal has multiple positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
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07:27 EDTFBJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 15, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:46 EDTFBMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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06:55 EDTBXBlackstone takes minority stake in Magnetar Capital, WSJ reports
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May 14, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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May 13, 2015
16:06 EDTFBOptions Update; May 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 38c to 20.67. Option volume leaders: AAPL CSCO NTI FB CSX BABA EIX BAC DD WMB TSLA JCP QCOM DAL
08:21 EDTFBFormer FCC chairman hired by Facebook to manage access efforts, Bloomberg says
Kevin Martin, the former chairman of the FCC who has been consulting for Facebook the past two years, is joining on a permanent basis as the company's VP for mobile and global access policy, reported Bloomberg. Facebook also announced that Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan will start serving a dual role as VP of U.S. Public Policy, the report added. Reference Link
06:22 EDTFBFacebook introduces Instant Articles, says working with nine launch partners
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06:04 EDTBXBlackstone in discussions to buy Mega from Alon Group, Globes reports
Blackstone is in discussions to buy Mega, an Israeli supermarket retail chain, from Alon Group, Globes reports, citing sources. Blackstone has no current investments in Israel, the publication notes, adding that it is possible that Blackstone will partner with instead of buying Mega. Reference Link
May 12, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; May 12, 2015
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10:54 EDTBXBlackstone acquires three shopping centers in Spain, Portugal
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07:00 EDTFBPublishers contend with Facebook clout as traffic-driving power grows, WSJ says
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May 11, 2015
19:05 EDTFBFacebook tests in-house search engine, WSJ says
Facebook (FB) is testing a feature within its app that allows users to search for previously-shared links, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing spokesperson statements. "We’re piloting a new way to add a link that’s been shared on Facebook," said a company spokesperson. The Journal notes that the feature could give Facebook an information edge over search engine leader Google (GOOG). Reference Link
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; May 11, 2015
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10:30 EDTFBFacebook management to meet with Pacific Crest
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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May 10, 2015
16:46 EDTBXBlackstone says SEC requests information on fee practices, vendor discounts
In a regulatory filing Friday, Blackstone stated, "The SEC has publicly indicated that it is focused on private equity practices regarding fees and other conflicts of interest including the... practice of receiving fees from portfolio companies in connection with termination of monitoring agreements upon the initial public offering or disposition of such companies. The SEC reviewed our monitoring fee practices in 2011-2012 in their regular exam process... In June 2014, we voluntarily modified our monitoring fee practices... including eliminating any such payments beyond the year of sale for full dispositions and limiting payments following IPOs. Recently, the SEC has informally requested additional information about our historical monitoring fee termination practices. The SEC also has asked for additional information about certain pre-2011 practices relating to the application of disparate vendor discounts to Blackstone and to our funds that were changed in 2011 and had also been previously reviewed by the SEC in 2012. We are in discussions with the SEC regarding a potential resolution of these matters."
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