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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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November 19, 2015
09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL CHK BAC FB PFE MU GMCR AMZN NFLX BBY BABA CRM QCOM
06:38 EDTFBFacebook multiple 'has room to move higher,' says Citi
After analyzing Facebook's expense growth, Citi analyst Mark May says 2016 consensus estimates for the social network giant have 3%-6% potential upside. May believes the stock's multiple "has room to move higher" and keeps a Buy rating on Facebook with a $134 price target. He thinks expense growth in 2016 will range between high-30% and 50% and views consensus revenue forecasts as still too conservative.
November 18, 2015
17:33 EDTBXBlackstone not interested in SunEdison investment, Reuters says
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16:44 EDTFBGoogle ad exec jumps to YouTube, Re/code says
Neal Mohan, previously Google's (GOOG) SVP for display and video advertising, has been appointed SVP of product for YouTube in a move signaling renewed efforts to combat Facebook (FB) video, reports Re/code, citing spokesperson statements. Paul Muret, currently head of analytics at Google, will succeed Mohan, and the company's analytics group will be folded into its display operations. Re/code notes that the analytics rollup may indicate Google sees measurement as "core" to its advertising business. Reference Link
16:29 EDTBXBlackstone not interested in SunEdison debt, Reuters says
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16:24 EDTBXBlackstone, Carlyle, KKR potential buyers of Armacell, Reuters says
Britain's Charterhouse has established a Friday deadline for bids on its insulation materials company Armacell, which may be valued at up to $1.06B, reports Reuters, citing sources. The business has attracted interest from private equity firms, with Blackstone (BX), Carlyle (CG), and KKR (KKR) "cited as potential buyers," according to the report. Reference Link
14:20 EDTFBFacebook fundraising tool bears resemblance to Kickstarter, TechCrunch says
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13:55 EDTBXBlackstone President Tony James fears recession in 2017, Bloomberg says
Blackstone Group LP President Tony James said he is concerned that the U.S. could potentially enter a recession by 2017 as economic growth faces headwinds, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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05:55 EDTFBFacebook partners with Airtel Africa to bring free basics to 17 countries
In an announcement on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, "In South Africa , we announced with Airtel Africa that we will be bringing free basic services to all 17 countries where they operate. first launched in Zambia and today half of the 30 countries with Free Basics are in Africa. These new launches will bring free services to Burkina Faso, Chad, Gabon, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone and Uganda. We also recently partnered to launch a satellite to provide internet coverage to remote areas of Sub-Saharan Africa starting in 2016. We've also partnered with the Praekelt Foundation to give developers the tools they need to build free basic services to reach people just coming online. Connecting people across the African continent is critical to our mission. We're going to keep pushing forward to develop new ways to bring people online until the whole world is connected." Reference Link
November 17, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; November 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.32 to 21.07. Option volume leaders: GE BAC AAPL FB NFLX SYF WMT CSCO MU SUNE VRX BABA AMZN HD FCX
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open: AAPL FB GE HD
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07:48 EDTBXBofa/Merrill to hold a conference
Banking & Financial Services Conference 2015 is being held in New York on November 17-18.
November 16, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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11:31 EDTBXBlackstone to sell GCA Services Group to Thomas H. Lee Partners and Goldman Sach
Blackstone (BX) announced that private equity funds it manages have agreed to sell GCA Services Group to a consortium of the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs (GS) and Thomas H. Lee Partners. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.
10:01 EDTBXBlackstone acquires Diamonds Direct
Blackstone and Diamonds Direct announced that funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities have acquired Diamonds Direct, an independent jewelry company. The transaction closed in early November.
09:59 EDTFBOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB ORCL BAC SUNE FDX FCX EXPE NFLX MU AMZN INTC TSLA
06:48 EDTBXGoldman, Thomas H. Lee agree to buy GCA Services from Blackstone, Reuters says
According to sources, Reuters reports that the private equity unit of Goldman Sachs (GS) and Thomas H. Lee Partners have agreed to buy GCA Services Group, a facility management company, from Blackstone (BX) for about $1B, including debt. Goldman and Thomas H. Lee will have equal participation in the consortium that will buy GCA. Reference Link
November 15, 2015
17:54 EDTFBFacebook to expand use of 'Safety Check' feature in wake of Paris attacks
Facebook announced it will be expanding its use of "Safety Check," a feature allowing users of the social network who live in endangered areas of the world to let friends and family know they are safe. Traditionally limited to natural disasters, the policy change has been made in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Paris, France, during which the company turned on Safety Check for affected users. The move spurred both praise for quick action and criticism for not using the feature during other serious events such as Thursday's tragedy in Beirut, prompting Facebook to reconsider its use of the service. "Each time we have launched the tool, we've improved it... We are learning to make the tool and policies behind it better as we go -- and because Safety Check is a relatively new feature for us, we're still understanding how it can best be used... We talked with our employees on the ground, who felt that there was still a need that we could fill. So we made the decision to try something we've never done before: activating Safety Check for something other than a natural disaster... We want this tool to be available whenever and wherever it can help," explained the company.
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