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February 24, 2014
04:55 EDTNTRS, NTRS, MCO, MCO, IHS, IHS, CNC, CNC, CS, CS, WFC, WFC, F, FNational Association for Business Economics to hold a conference
30th Annual NABE Economic Policy Conference is being held in Arlington, Virginia on February 23-25.
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March 20, 2015
08:18 EDTCNCLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte discusses Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and the proposed pay-fors and implications For Healthcare Services on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 20 at 11 am.
08:01 EDTFStifel says evidence supports Apple moving into electric vehicles
Analysts at Stifel say they see enough evidence to suggest that Apple is internally working on the development of a battery electric vehicle to be sold over the next five-to-ten years. The analysts are "intrigued" by Apple CFO Luca Maestri's background at General Motors (GM). They believe Apple's investments in manufacturing should be a key consideration for investors and point out the $40B spent by the iPhone maker over the past five years, with 80%-plus invested in manufacturing, is similar to GM, Ford (F) and Daimler-Benz and well above Tesla's $1.8B cumulative capex. The analysts say there is a "lot to think about" regarding Apple's move into the car space, including the regulatory environment. They keep a Buy rating on the tech giant with a $150 price target. Shares of Apple closed yesterday down 97c to $127.50.
March 19, 2015
11:53 EDTWFCU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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07:45 EDTIHSSenate Energy & Natural Resources Committee to hold a hearing
The Committee holds a hearing entitled, "U.S. Crude Export Policy" with Senior Vice President of IHS, Carlos Pascual and Chairman & CEO of ConocoPhillips, Ryan Lance on March 19 at 10 am. Webcast Link
06:06 EDTCSSunrun powers up for IPO later this year, WSJ reports
Sunrun, a solar-energy company, is said to be working with Credit Suisse (CS) and Goldman Sachs (GS) on a potential IPO for later this year, sources tell The Wall Street Journal, which adds that the company was valued at $1.3B as of March 2014. Other solar companies that have gone public in recent years include residential solar installers like Vivint Solar (VSLR), backed by Blackstone (BX), and SolarCity (SCTY), backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk. Reference Link
March 17, 2015
14:13 EDTFMorgan Stanley questions GM capital allocation plan
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13:40 EDTCSAmended settlement agreement announced between Credit Suisse, Freeport
On March 16, an Addendum to the Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement, Compromise and Release was entered into with respect to the consolidated stockholder derivative litigation captioned In Re: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX) Derivative Litigation, C.A. No. 8145-VCN. The Addendum modifies the terms of the settlement in order to resolve potential derivative claims against Credit Suisse Securities (CS) in connection with its engagement to act as lead financial advisor to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Freeport-McMoRan with respect to the company’s 2013 acquisitions of Plains Exploration & Production Company and McMoRan Exploration Co., which potential claims were previously excluded from the settlement as set forth in the Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement, Compromise and Release filed on January 15. As set forth in the Addendum, the original settlement consideration will be increased by $16.25M, consisting of a $10M cash payment to the company by Credit Suisse, and a credit of $6.25M to be redeemable by the company in connection with future assignments Credit Suisse performs. The Supplemental Cash Amount, together with the original settlement amount, less plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees and expenses as awarded by the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, will be distributed to the company’s stockholders as a special dividend. The settlement is subject to specified conditions, including final approval by the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware. The settling defendants and Credit Suisse vigorously deny all allegations of wrongdoing or fault but entered into the settlement to avoid the costs and distraction of continued litigation.
10:00 EDTCSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:13 EDTFMSFT announced several partnerships with industry leaders
At Microsoft Convergence 2015, Microsoft (MSFT) announced several new partnerships with industry leaders. Teaming up with Microsoft, Ford Motor (F) will expand connected services for customers around the world with the creation of the Ford Service Delivery Network. Microsoft also announced several partnerships and collaboration agreements with leading companies in sales, field service, digital transaction management and analytics markets. Microsoft and InsideSales.com will offer its complete sales acceleration platform. Microsoft and FieldOne Systems announced their agreement to bring the FieldOne Sky field service management solution into the Microsoft Dynamics global independent software vendor program. DocuSign and Microsoft announced that the two companies will bring DocuSign's Digital Transaction Management platform to Microsoft Dynamics CRM users. Microsoft also announced the acquisition of intellectual property from Fusion Software which will add Voice of the Customer capabilities to Microsoft Dynamics.
08:18 EDTMCOMoody's upgraded at Evercore ISI
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06:58 EDTMCOMoody's upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI
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06:30 EDTCSCredit Suisse downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie downgraded Credit Suisse to Underperform following recent share strength.
March 16, 2015
17:07 EDTCSCredit Suisse to pay Freeport McMoRan $10M to settle allegations, WSJ says
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14:19 EDTMCOMoody's backs FY15 EPS $4.55-$4.65, consensus $4.59
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14:08 EDTCSEU regulator says time for fine-tuning, Reuters says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision believes the necessary bank regulatory framework is in place though some additional work must be done to finalize leverage ratio and capital floor rules, Reuters reported yesterday, citing statements by secretary-general William Coen at a financial conference in Doha. Coen added, "We're now at the state where we can take a step back and look to see how [the regulations] fit together," cautioning that further analysis must be data-driven but admitting that both banks and regulatory bodies were feeling "regulation fatigue." Publicly traded companies in the space include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
March 15, 2015
17:46 EDTCSCredit Suisse has no plans to raise capital, Reuters says
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March 13, 2015
16:42 EDTCSStocks end week lower amid euro slide, Fed rate hike worries
Stocks finished the week lower as worries about the impact of the euro's fall against the dollar, along with continued anticipation of an upcoming rate hike by the Fed and concerns about deflation, weighed on shares. MACRO NEWS: The euro's slide against the dollar continued, causing investors to worry that the trend could have a significant negative impact on the results of U.S. based, multinational companies... Anticipation of an impending interest rate hike continued to impact the market. On Tuesday, outgoing Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said the central bank should begin to gradually raise rates before the economy reaches full employment to avoid triggering a recession. On Thursday, stocks rose as investors speculated that weak February retail sales data could cause the central bank to delay raising interest rates... An unexpected decline in the producer price index, which was reported on Friday, may have rekindled fears about deflation taking hold in the U.S., weighing on stocks... In China, the government said that industrial production rose less than expected in the first two months of the year. China's exports were reported to surge 15% in the first two months of the year versus the same period a year earlier, but data also indicated that China's imports sank 20% in the first two months of 2015. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) provided additional information about its upcoming Apple Watch at a product launch event. Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in nine countries, including the U.S., with pre-orders beginning April 10. The lowest priced Apple Watch, the 38 mm Apple Watch Sport, will be priced at $349, while the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will be priced starting at $10,000... Embattled floor retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) updated investors on the impact of a recent critical report from 60 Minutes. In the nine days following the report, same-store sales fell 12.7% versus the same period a year earlier, it reported. The company added that it was not able to provide full-year guidance until it has more time to gauge the impact of consumers' reaction to the report... GM (GM) settled a potential proxy battle with an investment group led by Harry Wilson by agreeing to return more cash to shareholders... Alcoa (AA) agreed to buy RTI International Metals (RTI), which supplies specialty metals and services for several sectors, including aerospace and defense... Credit Suisse (CS) appointed Tidjane Thiam, who is currently Group Chief Executive of Prudential (PUK), as its new CEO... The shares of several chicken producers fell after a possible case of bird flu was identified in Arkansas. Among the chicken producers that declined were Tyson (TSN), which is based in Arkansas, Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), Sanderson Farms (SAFM), and Hormel (HRL)... GNC Holdings (GNC) sank after New York's Attorney General announced that he and three of his colleagues would further investigate the business practices of the herbal supplement industry. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.57% to 17,749.31, the Nasdaq fell 1.12% to 4,871.76, and the S&P 500 dropped 0.87% to 2,053.40.
13:55 EDTCSRBS favors Union Bancaire Privee in Coutts auction, Bloomberg says
RBS (RBS) has decided that Union Bancaire Privee is its preferred bidder for Coutts and a deal may be reached as soon as this month, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The sources say RBS is also considering Credit Suisse (CS) as well as a joint bid by Societe Generale (SCGLY) and DBS (DBSDY). The agreement has been held up by a German investigation of Coutts, the HSBC tax evasion scandal, and price negotiations due to the Swiss franc, said the sources. Reference Link
05:27 EDTFFord starts production of 2015 F-150 at Kansas City Assembly Plant
Ford marks the official start of production of the all-new 2015 F-150 at Kansas City Assembly Plant, which joins Dearborn Truck Plant in building the F-150. This means Ford has expanded production of the first mass-produced light-duty pickup truck with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body. In addition to producing all F-150 models and cab configurations, production at Kansas City Assembly Plant now includes F-150s with an 8-foot cargo box and heavy payload package to meet the needs of commercial fleet customers. The all-new F-150 is off to a strong start. In January, F-Series had its strongest sales month since 2004 – Ford’s best sales year ever for F-150. Retail sales increased 7 percent in February. These numbers make F-Series one of Ford’s fastest-selling vehicles, at just 18 days to turn on dealer lots – well below the light-duty full-size pickup truck average of 105 days. Combined, Kansas City Assembly and Dearborn Truck facilities will have capacity to produce more than 700,000 Ford F-150 pickups per year for availability in 90 markets globally.
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