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August 1, 2014
16:02 EDTCOptions Update; August 1, 2014
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09:50 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:16 EDTCCitigroup: SEC advises on conclusion of MBS practices probe
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07:11 EDTCCitigroup to sell 80% interest in Metalmark Capital Partners II to Lexington
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07:11 EDTCLexington Partners to acquire Citi's commitment to Metalmark Capital Partners II
Citigroup and Lexington Partners announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Citi will sell 80% of its $1.5B limited partnership interest in Metalmark Capital Partners II to Lexington. As part of the previously announced revision of the business relationship between Citi and Metalmark in December 2013, Citi will offer 20% of its limited partnership interest to existing MCP II limited partners. Terms of the transaction, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014, are not being disclosed. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.
July 30, 2014
15:17 EDTBACBank of America raises offer to DOJ, nears mortgage settlement, Bloomberg says
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13:53 EDTBACBank of America, U.S. near mortgage deal after bank raises offer, Bloomberg says
13:44 EDTBACBank of America division ordered to pay $1.3B over mortgages, Bloomberg reports
Bank of America's (BAC) Countrywide division has been ordered to pay $1.3B in penalties for defective mortgage loans it sold to Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) during the 2008 financial crisis, Bloomberg reported. The fine is just over half the amount the government had requested, Bloomberg added. Reference Link
13:26 EDTBACBofA Countrywide unit ordered by judge to pay $1.3B, Bloomberg reports
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11:01 EDTMSMorgan Stanley names Reza Moghadam as Vice Chairman, Global Capital Markets
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09:38 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN TWTR NFLX GILD C MA FB RFMD AMGN GNW TSLA
July 29, 2014
11:12 EDTJPMJPMorgan reducing tech support headcount, Bloomberg says
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09:57 EDTJPMJPMorgan cutting hundreds of tech support employees, Bloomberg reports
06:49 EDTMSMorgan Stanley to increase salaries of some bankers by up to 25%, NY Times says
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06:47 EDTCCiti looks to hire 100 Asia unit bankers to rival HSBC, Reuters says
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06:06 EDTBACBank of America, DOJ talks hit snag, WSJ reports
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July 28, 2014
07:01 EDTJPMSankaty to acquire JPMorgan Global Special Opportunities Group portfolio
Sankaty Advisors, LLC, the independently managed credit affiliate of Bain Capital, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire a portfolio of loans and other securities from J.P. Morganís Global Special Opportunities Group. The portfolio contains mezzanine loans in North America and Europe, as well as loans and related special situations investments in Australia and across Asia, with an aggregate value of approximately $1.3B. This acquisition follows Sankaty Advisors' other recent purchases of loan portfolios from Irish Bank Resolution Capital, Lloyds Banking Group and CapitalSource. The transaction, which is expected to close by the end of 2014, is subject to borrower and regulatory approvals. Kirkland & Ellis, LLP served as legal counsel to Sankaty Advisors. J.P. Morgan advised on the sale and Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP served as legal counsel to JPMorgan Chase. This transaction is not expected to have a material impact on JPMorgan Chaseís earnings.
06:36 EDTJPMJPMorgan to sell debt portfolio to Sankaty for $1B, FT reports
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06:35 EDTJPMJPMorgan questoined by regulators for conclicts of interest, WSJ says
JPMorgan has been recently questioned by regulators about whether the firm steers private-banking clients to its own investment products, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to people familiar with the matter, the questions have prompted JPMorgan to change its disclosures to private-banking clients about the differences between its own products and outside offerings. Reference Link
06:25 EDTJPMJPMorgan implied volatility of 14 at lower end of index mean range
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July 25, 2014
11:20 EDTMSPhilips selects Morgan Stanley for lighting unit stake sale, Reuters says
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11:03 EDTCCitigroup unit LavaFlow to pay $5M in settlement with SEC
The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a Citigroup business unit operating an alternative trading system with failing to protect the confidential trading data of its subscribers. New York-based LavaFlow Inc. has agreed to pay $5M to settle the SECís charges, including a $2.85M penalty that is the agencyís largest to date against an ATS. According to the SECís order instituting a settled administrative proceeding, LavaFlow allowed an affiliate operating a technology application known as a smart order router to access and use confidential information related to the non-displayed orders of LavaFlowís ECNís subscribers. While LavaFlow only allowed the affiliate to use the confidential trading data for order router customers who also were ECN subscribers, the firm did not obtain consent from its subscribers to use their confidential information in this way, nor did LavaFlow disclose the use in its regulatory filings with the SEC. In addition to the Regulation ATS violations, the SECís order finds that LavaFlow aided and abetted a violation by the same affiliate that operated the smart order router, Lava Trading Inc., which continued to provide broker-dealer services for several months after it deregistered in August 2008.
09:37 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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July 24, 2014
16:00 EDTCiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 28.08
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11:12 EDTBACBank of America to pay $16.6M to resolve U.S. sanctions violations, Reuters says
The Treasury Department said Bank of America has agreed to say $16.6M to resolve allegations it processed transactions for drug traffickers subject to U.S. sanctions, reports Reuters. The bank processed around $91,000 in transactions for six designated narcotics traffickers between 2005 and 2009, and failed to file timely reports on accounts owned by four others. Reference Link
11:08 EDTMSMorgan Stanley to pay $275M in RMBS settlement with SEC
The SEC said it charged three Morgan Stanley entities with "misleading investors in a pair of residential mortgage-backed securities securitizations that the firms underwrote, sponsored, and issued." Morgan Stanley agreed to settle the charges by paying $275M to be returned to harmed investors, the agency said. Reference Link
07:00 EDTJPMJudge dismisses JPMorgan case regarding Madoff scheme, Reuters says
U.S. Federal Judge Paul Crotty made a ruling that dismissed a shareholder's case which claimed JPMorgan board members knew about Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme and didn't acknowledge red flags motioning towards fraud, according to Reuters, citing the lawsuit. Reference Link
06:03 EDTMSMorgan Stanley implied volatility of 18 at lower end of index mean range
July 23, 2014
16:02 EDTCSallie Mae names Jeffrey Dale as companyís first Chief Risk Officer
Sallie Mae (SLM) appointed Jeffrey Dale as the companyís first Chief Risk Officer. Mr. Dale will work with senior executives and other company stakeholders to build out the enterprise risk management function and framework for the company and its Sallie Mae Bank subsidiary. Mr. Dale arrives from Citigroup (C) where he most recently served as the North American Group Risk Director responsible for consumer credit in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; July 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 23c to 28.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB C GILD MSFT PBR NFLX AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data
July 22, 2014
19:34 EDTJPMJPMorgan in advanced talks to sell half its stake in buyout arm, WSJ says
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09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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07:30 EDTJPMJPMorgan creating new multi-class electronic-trading group, WSJ says
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07:17 EDTBACNational Association for Business Economics to hold a seminar
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July 21, 2014
16:40 EDTFITB, MSFifth Third Bancorp in share repurchase pact with Morgan Stanley
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10:02 EDTJPM, FITBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTJPM, CActive equity options trading on open
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08:41 EDTJPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
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07:50 EDTJPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
07:29 EDTBAC, MS, JPMAIG settlement with BofA takes crisis claw back total up to $2B, FT says
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07:23 EDTCCiti unit, Mexican regulator at odds over fraud probes, Reuters says
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07:12 EDTJPMCFA Institute to hold a seminar
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05:39 EDTFITBFifth Third Bancorp upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
RW Baird upgraded Fifth Third Bancorp to Outperform citing the recent pullback in shares. The firm raised its price target for the stock to $23 from $22.
July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTBAC, C, JPMMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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13:02 EDTJPMGoldman, JPMorgan ready with $25B bridge loan for Time Warner takeover by Fox
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12:01 EDTCCitigroup says DOJ settlement includes est. of cost of consumer relief
Says $3.8B charge for DOJ settlement included estimates of cost of consumer relief.
11:30 EDTCCitigroup sees issuing 'somewhat more' securitizations during rest of year
Says liquidity position remains strong. Sees FY NCL rate in Asia, Latin America roughly in line with 1H. Says expects to repurchase or redeem $10B of debt this year. Expects to issue preferred stock between now and when Basel III rules are implemented at a measured pace. Sees 2014 preferred stock issuance volume below 2013 levels. Says capital position remains among the strongest in the industry. Says will issue "somewhat more" securitizations during the rest of the year, says credit cards to be primary source of additional securitizations. Comments made on the company's Q2 Fixed Income Investor Review.
10:42 EDTMSMorgan Stanley expands commodities trading, financing units, Reuters says
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10:32 EDTCCitigroup says making continued progress in resolving legacy issues
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08:18 EDTMSMorgan Stanley results encouraging, says JMP Securities
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06:45 EDTBACDocument reveals SEC examining firms in HFT probe, Reuters says
An internal document from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that the regulator has been looking for data on 10 registered broker dealers as part of an ongoing probe into high-frequency trading strategies, according to Reuters, citing the document. The firms in question include Allston Trading, Hudson River Trading, Jump Trading, Latour Trading, which is an affiliate of Tower Trading, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, owned by Bank of America (BAC), Octeg, which has been merged into a unit of KCG (KCG), Tradebot Systems, Two Sigma Investments, Two Sigma Securities and Virtu Financial. Reference Link
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