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April 21, 2014
11:46 EDTBX, GMStocks with call strike movement; BX GM
Blackstone (BX) September 35 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 28, General Motors (GM) September 38 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 28 according to IVolatility.
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December 18, 2014
11:33 EDTGMStocks with call strike movement; GM EWZ
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08:23 EDTGMSeveral automakers halt Russia car sales due to ruble, Bloomberg reports
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December 16, 2014
09:59 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:30 EDTGMGeneral Motors retreats in pre-market after analyst downgrades shares
GM shares are falling in pre-market trading after RBC Capital downgraded the stock to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing weak auto trends in North America and overly optimistic targets by the company. WHAT'S NEW: In North America, GM will face slowing demand, negative pricing trends, and higher regulatory and content costs, RBC Capital analyst Joseph Spak wrote in a note to investors today. The company's target for 10% profit margins in North America appears to be optimistic, given competition from the major Japanese automakers, which are benefiting from yen weakness, the analyst stated. Similarly, GM's Cadillac sales targets also seem ambitious, as it faces competition from German competitors that are in a strong position in North America and have a foothold in China, according to Spak. The analyst reduced his price target on the stock to $35 from $41. PRICE ACTION: In early pre-market trading, GM fell nearly 1% to $30.75.
06:33 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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December 15, 2014
18:35 EDTBXCDL partners with Blackstone to create S$1.5B investment platform
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13:16 EDTGMUAW head looking for wage hikes in new contract, Automotive News says
Veteran auto workers should get a wage increase in a new contract, while the compensation of newly hired employees should move closer to that of longer serving workers, UAW President Dennis Williams said today, according to Automotive News. Williams said he is not considering launching a strike when the auto workers' contact ends in September, the website added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).Reference Link
11:30 EDTGMGeneral Motors management to meet with Sterne Agee
Meeting to be held in New York on December 19 hosted by Sterne Agee.
08:22 EDTBXBlackstone initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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06:55 EDTGMTakata tightening restrictions on suppliers, Reuters reports
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December 12, 2014
09:02 EDTBXKimco Realty to buy Blackstone 66.7% share stake in portfolio for $925M
Kimco Realty (KIM) announced that its subsidiary has executed a contract to acquire the remaining 66.667% interest in the 39-property Kimstone portfolio from its joint venture partner, a subsidiary of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII (BX) for a price of $925M, which includes the assumption of approximately $426.7M in mortgage debt. The company will pay approximately $512.3M to acquire BREP’s interest. Kimco will use a combination of proceeds from recently completed and pending property sales in the U.S. and Latin America as well as availability under its existing $1.75B revolving credit facility to fund this transaction which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015. Upon closing, Kimco will own 100% of the portfolio. The portfolio consists of 39 properties totaling 5.6M square feet and is approximately 97% occupied. The properties in the portfolio are concentrated in the core markets of New York, Virginia, Texas, Florida, California, and Maryland. The portfolio has a three-mile average household income level of $92,000 and an average base rent per square foot of $15.83, both of which exceed Kimco’s current portfolio averages.
08:09 EDTBXBofA/Merrill financial analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Banks Analyst Najarian, along with Capital Markets Analyst Carrier, Specialty Finance Analyst Bruce discuss the year ahead in Financials, covering the Banks, Capital Markets, Life and P/C Insurance, REIT, Specialty Finance and Canadian Banks/Life Insurance sectors on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 16 at 10 am.
December 11, 2014
07:49 EDTGM, BXThe New York Times to hold a conference
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07:21 EDTBXShell starts sale process for Tongyi JV stake, WSJ reports
Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) has started the sale process for 75% its stake in a Chinese oil lubricants business in a deal that could fetch up to $500M, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. Blackstone (BX) is in a "strong" position in first round bids for the Tongyi oil lubricants joint venture, the sources say. Reference Link
05:54 EDTBXBlackstone implied volatility of 23 at lower end of index mean range
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December 9, 2014
07:45 EDTBXGoldman to hold a conference
U.S. Financial Services Conference is being held in New York on December 9-10.
December 8, 2014
11:10 EDTGMVolkswagen sees challenging developments continuing for rest of year
Volkswagen (VLKAY) said, “The challenging developments on markets worldwide – above all in Eastern Europe and South America – will continue for the remainder of this year. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handled these challenges successfully during the course of the year, but was not entirely immune to their impact.” Other publicly traded companies in the passenger automotive space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), and Toyota (TM).
08:05 EDTBXHudson Pacific to acquire EOP portfolio from Blackstone for $3.5B
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07:24 EDTBXBlackstone to sell $3.5B of California properties to Hudson Pacific, WSJ says
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06:15 EDTBXBlackstone implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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