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March 27, 2014
07:02 EDTMS, CG, CSCarlyle Group closes two CLOs totaling $1.25B
The Carlyle Group (CG) announced the closings of two Collateralized Loan Obligation funds in the U.S. and Europe totaling $1.25B. The $727M U.S. CLO, arranged by Morgan Stanley (MS), and the EUR375M European CLO, arranged by Credit Suisse (CS), were the firm’s first of 2014 in each region.
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April 17, 2015
13:43 EDTMSEarnings Watch: Morgan Stanley to report after CFO departs
Morgan Stanley (MS) is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the open on Monday, April 20, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Morgan Stanley is an investment bank. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 78c on revenue of $9.17B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 72c-86c on revenue of $8.87B-$9.55B. LAST QUARTER: Morgan Stanley reported weaker than expected fourth quarter results. The company said that its results were adversely affected by "choppy market conditions," although it characterized the results as strong. On February 25, the bank agreed to pay $3.6B to the U.S. to settle claims related to residential mortgage-backed securities. On March 11, Morgan Stanley announced that it would repurchase $3.1B of its shares and raise its dividend to 15c per share from 10c per share. On March 24, the bank announced that its CFO, Ruth Porat, would resign to take a similar position at Google (GOOG). Morgan Stanley announced that it had chosen Jonathan Pruzan, the co-head of its Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking, to succeed Porat. STREET RESEARCH: Two research firms were divided on the outlook for Morgan Stanley's Q1 results. On March 16, well-known analyst Dick Bove of Rafferty Capital wrote that the bank's Q1 results were not looking strong. Trade data from the Federal Reserve suggested that Morgan Stanley was losing ground in several key categories, with trading flat to down overall and investment banking not faring much better. However, Bove continued to identify the bank as one of his top picks for 2015. However, Susquehanna on April 7 raised its estimates for Morgan Stanley, citing a stronger fixed income performance, driven by rate and currency volatility. Morgan Stanley's Q1 results should improve nicely versus its Q4 performance, added the firm, which nonetheless reiterated a Neutral rating on the stock. PEER RESULTS: Goldman Sachs (GS) reported stronger than expected Q1 results, as its investment banking revenue rose 7% versus the same period a year earlier and its institutional client services revenue surged 23% year-over-year. JPMorgan (JPM) reported on Monday that its Q1 gross investment banking revenue from its commercial banking clients had soared 68%. PRICE ACTION: Morgan Stanley's stock is up 5% over the last three months and up over 10% over the last six months.
07:31 EDTMSU.K. postpones debt buyback due to Bloomberg terminal crash, WSJ reports
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April 16, 2015
08:56 EDTMSMorgan Stanley April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:05 EDTCGFormer Wal-Mart CEO Duke heads to Carlyle Group, WSJ reports
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April 15, 2015
10:19 EDTCSOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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06:41 EDTCSECB authorizes new emergency funding for Greek banks, Reuters reports
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06:11 EDTMSRegulators seek to end 'too big to fail' firms, WSJ reports
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April 14, 2015
19:56 EDTMSMorgan Stanley nearing $1B deal for oil trading and storage unit, WSJ says
Castleton Commodities International has become the leading bidder for Morgan Stanley's oil-trading and storage unit, offering more than $1B for the business, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Any potential deal remains weeks away, said the sources.Reference Link
13:02 EDTCGFly Watch: Analyst expects strong Q1 results from private equity firms
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08:35 EDTMSEtsy offering vendors chance to participate in IPO, WSJ reports
Etsy (ETSY), through a program being overseen by Morgan Stanley (MS), is giving its vendors and other small investors the opportunity to buy as much as $2,500 in stock just before its public float, reported The Wall Street Journal. The bank's customary account fees are being waived for the program, via which participants can offer to buy between $100 and $2,500 worth of Etsy stock, people familiar with the matter told the Journal. Reference Link
April 13, 2015
07:52 EDTMSPotential rule change on accounts to likely be manageable, says JMP Securities
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07:16 EDTMSTechWeek to hold a conference
TechWeek Detroit 2015 is being held in Detroit on 4/13-19.
April 12, 2015
12:59 EDTCSJulius Baer CEO says no merger talks with Credit Suisse, Reuters reports
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April 8, 2015
07:24 EDTCSNeurotechnology Industry Organization to hold a conference
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April 7, 2015
16:18 EDTCGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory, extending their gains from yesterday. The economic calendar was relatively quiet and the volume was light as investors moved to the sidelines ahead of the start of the first quarter earnings season, which kicks off tomorrow after the close with Alcoa's (AA) report. A late day slide saw the major averages give up their gains, leaving the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 a bit below where they had started the day. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the JOLTs report showed job openings rose 168K to 5.13M in February, topping the consensus forecast for about 5M opening. Consumer credit climbed $15.5B in February, versus the expectation for consumers to have added $12.5B in new credit. In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 54.0, which was down slightly from the flash reading of 54.1 but up from 53.3 in February and matched the prior peak seen in April of last year. Elsewhere globally, the central banks of Australia and India left their respective key interest rates unchanged, as expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of FedEx (FDX) advanced $4.49, or 2.69%, to $171.16 after the shipper announced a conditional deal to acquire TNT Express (TNTEY) for EUR 8.00 per share in a transaction valuing the Netherlands-based express delivery company at an implied equity value of about $4.8B. The company hopes it is more successful in its acquisition attempt than rival UPS (UPS), which had agreed a number of years ago to buy TNT for EUR 9.50 per share. UPS pulled out of its planned purchase after its proposed deal for TNT was blocked by regulators. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Axalta Coating Systems (AXTA), which gained $2.78, or 9.81%, to $31.11 after an affiliate of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) agreed to buy 20M of Axalta’s common shares for an aggregate purchase price of $560M, or $28.00 per share, from The Carlyle Group (CG). Also higher was Informatica (INFA), which advanced $1.96, or 4.28%, to $47.79 after agreeing to be acquired by the Permira funds and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for approximately $5.3B, or $48.75 in cash per share. The official announcement follows recent stories from Reuters that the company was working on a deal with a private equity buyer. Among the noteworthy losers was Ocular Therapeutix (OCUL), which dropped $7.25, or 18.93%, to $31.05 after reporting that the company’s second of two Phase 3 clinical trials evaluating the safety and efficacy of its lead product candidate, OTX-DP, met only one of the study’s two primary efficacy endpoints. Also lower were shares of Woodward (WWD), which fell $3.06, or 5.95%, to $48.36 after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold from Buy and set a $52 price target on the shares, saying FY15 is another transition year for the company. INDEXES: The Dow slipped 5.43, or 0.03%, to 17,875.42, the Nasdaq lost 7.08, or 0.14%, to 4,910.23, and the S&P 500 declined 4.29, or 0.21%, to 2,076.33.
15:53 EDTCGMicrosoft, Getty Images announce partnership to develop products for Bing
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15:48 EDTCGMicrosoft, Getty Images dismiss copyright infringement dispute, Reuters says
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08:11 EDTMSGoldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley estimates raised at Susquehanna
Susquehanna raised its estimates for both Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to reflect a strong quarter for FICC driven by interest rate and currency volatility and more stable credit markets as well as better I&L. Susquehanna maintains Neutral ratings on both Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley shares.
07:18 EDTCGAxalta Coating announces sale of shares to Berkshire Hathaway
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April 6, 2015
09:25 EDTCGCarlyle Group management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in Chicago on April 9 hosted by Oppenheimer.
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