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December 16, 2012
17:21 EDTCSCO, BCSCisco hires Barclays to sell Linksys unit, Bloomberg says
Cisco Systems (CSCO) has hired Barclays (BCS) to find a buyer for its home wireless unit Linksys, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
News For CSCO;BCS From The Last 14 Days
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October 31, 2014
10:29 EDTBCSBOE sets U.K. bank leverage ratio at 4.05%
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October 30, 2014
08:30 EDTBCSBarclays accused in suit of bribing Saudi royalty, NY Post reports
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05:38 EDTBCSBarclays reports Q3 adjusted profit GBP 1.59B vs. GBP 1.39B last year
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October 29, 2014
06:39 EDTBCSECB says loan demand expected to rise, Reuters reports
Demand for loans from euro zone banks is expected to rise sharply this quarter, the European Central Bank stated in a report, according to Reuters. Meanwhile, the bloc's banks are expected to ease credit standards in Q4, after credit standards in France and Germany eased in Q3, the news service quoted the ECB as saying. 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), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
October 28, 2014
06:04 EDTBCSBarclays provides strategic update, plans to cut 9,000 jobs
Barclays said, "We will commence a second phase of Simplification and cost efficiency to achieve run-rate savings of £1 billion per annum by the end of 2017, creating value for customers and improving our long-term competitiveness. In order to achieve these savings, we will invest around £1.6 billion over three years on initiatives to simplify processes and increase automation. In particular, we will digitise our key customer journeys to improve customer service and increase the efficiency of end-to-end processing...Within the organisation, we will rebalance roles to reflect the evolving nature of the business and ensure we have the people and capabilities required for the transition to a more digitised, IT enabled business. We anticipate a reduction of approximately 9,000 full time roles across the business while building new capability in digital and IT. We will also further rationalize our legal entities, including our life companies." Barclays issued new medium-term targets for efficiency, risk and returns: Cost:income ratio to exit 2017 at around 45%; Simplification run-rate savings of GBP 1B per annum by the end of 2017; Asset quality ratio of around 40 basis points through the economic cycle, and lower than this over the next three years; Sustainable returns on required equity of around 13.5%-15% by the end of the strategic plan period and through the economic cycle.
October 27, 2014
13:13 EDTBCSU.K. banks to raise PPI compensation provisions, Sky News reports
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07:38 EDTCSCOCyber security start-ups hot with investors, including banks, FT says
Corporate venture arms have more than doubled their investment in cyber security start-ups over the last two years, according to Financial Times, citing data from CB Insights. While technology companies such as Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC) and Cisco (CSCO) are leading, the report notes that the venture capital units of Citibank (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and General Electric (GE) have also been active investors in security start-ups. Reference Link
07:30 EDTBCS, CSCOInternational Economic Forum of the Americas to hold a forum
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October 26, 2014
17:32 EDTBCSEuropean banks may gain after ECB stress tests, Bloomberg says
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13:27 EDTBCSECB releases results of bank stress test
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October 24, 2014
11:25 EDTCSCOJuniper falls after Q4 profit outlook trails consensus
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08:44 EDTBCSECB draft shows 25 EU banks set to fail stress test, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites a draft ECB document the news service has viewed. Publicly traded EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS).
October 22, 2014
11:25 EDTCSCOCisco sale of VCE stake to have limited impact, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo thinks Cisco's (CSCO) decision to sell a portion of its stake in VCE is unlikely to have a material near-to-intermediate-term impact on the company's top line since it will continue to sell its networking and compute solutions to the joint venture. Wells says Cisco's "budding" partnerships with NetApp (NTAP), Microsoft (MSFT) and Citrix (CTXS) should more than offset any potential impacts from lessening ties to EMC (EMC) and VMware (VMW).
08:18 EDTCSCOVCE to become an EMC company
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October 21, 2014
20:00 EDTCSCOEMC said to buy out most of Cisco VCE joint venture stake, Bloomberg reports
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14:34 EDTCSCOEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMC’s majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMC’s Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
08:18 EDTBCSBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded large EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
October 20, 2014
07:21 EDTBCSFederal Reserve Bank of New York and Boston to hold a workshop
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October 17, 2014
09:31 EDTCSCOCisco namnes Bernadette Wightman President of Cisco Cananda
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08:06 EDTCSCOCisco, Sensity Systems announce strategic relationship
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