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April 5, 2013
06:07 EDTPCS, RBS, DTEGY, BX, DELLOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: The "fear trade" is alive and well as investors rediscovered the appeal of haven Treasury bonds on Thursday, amid a flurry of worrying news ranging from North Korea to the domestic job market. The mood change sent Treasury prices rallying to the highest point this year, the Wall Street Journal reports...Wall Street has a lot more than bragging rights riding on the $24B-plus takeover battle for Dell (DELL). Some of the biggest banks are vying for fees that together could top $400M for advising and financing the buyout of the computer group, sources say, the Wall Street Journal reports..REUTERS: Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda played down concerns his unprecedented burst of monetary stimulus would create asset-price bubbles even as it delivered an immediate pay-off in global markets, with government bond yields at a record low, the yen hitting a 3-1/2 year trough and as stocks surging to multi-year highs, Reuters reports...Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) is looking into improving the terms of a proposed merger of its T-Mobile USA unit with MetroPCS Communications (PCS) as a last resort to win over shareholders ahead of a vote on the deal next week, sources say, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Blackstone Group (BX) and Dellís (DELL) Michael Dell have yet to resolve a critical issue, sources say: what role he would play if the private equity firm wins the bidding for the company, Bloomberg reports...Royal Bank of Scotlandís (RBS) Japan unit faces penalties after the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission found that employees attempted to manipulate benchmark interest rates, Bloomberg reports.
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February 26, 2015
14:01 EDTRBSBarclays to double provision for forex rigging fines, Sky News says
Barclays (BCS), which previously excluded itself from a broader settlement between several banking peers and regulators over alleged manipulation of foreign exchange rates as it worked to secure a binding agreement with all relevant authorities, will more than double its existing provision for forex fines next week, which may indicate that a settlement deal could be announced soon, said Sky News. Barclay took a GBP500M charge during the course of last year in advance of expected forex issue costs, the report noted. Other banks that previously agreed to a settlement included Bank of America (BAC), Citibank (C), HSBC (HSBC), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). The report indicates that U.S. regulators have stepped up talks with banks including Barclays and the others involved. Reference Link
12:57 EDTRBSRBS to cut more than 1,000 jobs at U.S. trading unit, Bloomberg reports
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12:56 EDTBXKKR's Samson in restructuring talks, WSJ says
KKR's (KKR) Samson Resources is in discussions with restructuring advisers at Blackstone (BX) and other firms on how to handle its $3.8B long-term debt, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The Journal notes that Samson previously expressed interest in selling some oil and gas fields. Reference Link
11:29 EDTRBSRBS expects core UK/Irish businesses to perform well in 2015
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11:27 EDTRBSRBS intends to move towards capital target of 13% CET in 2015
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11:27 EDTRBSRBS reports FY14 operating profit of GBP 3.5B, compared to GBP 7.5B in 2013
This reflected improved operating results from the core domestic businesses together with significant impairment releases in Ulster Bank and RBS Capital Resolution. Reports 2014 Common Equity Tier 1 ratio of 11.2%. Reports it exceeded its 2014 cost reduction targets with savings of GBP 1.1B.
10:00 EDTRBSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade SummaryStarz
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08:12 EDTRBSRBS downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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07:41 EDTRBSMizuho Financial Group acquires credit portfolio from RBS
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06:25 EDTRBSRBS to greatly reduce investment bank unit, Financial Times says
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06:15 EDTRBSRBS confirms Howard Davies to succeed Philip Hampton as chairman
Following its announcement on September 25 that Philip Hampton would leave The Royal Bank of Scotland Group during 2015, RBS announced that Howard Davies will succeed him as Chairman. Philip Hampton will step down as Director and Chairman of RBS with effect from August 31. Howard Davies will join the Board at the end of June and assume the role of Chairman from September 1. Howard is currently Chairman of Phoenix Group, a non-executive Director of Prudential plc, and a non-executive Director of Morgan Stanley. He will step down from Phoenix and Morgan Stanley. He will complete his work as Chairman of the UK Airports Commission before assuming the role of RBS Chairman and will retain his position at Prudential and as Professor of Practice at Sciences Po, Paris.
06:14 EDTRBSRBS announces sale of North American loan portfolio to Mizuho
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February 25, 2015
09:13 EDTBXBlackstone seeks coalition partners to invest outside its funds, WSJ reports
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06:07 EDTRBSRBS suspends two additional employees in forex investigation, Reuters says
RBS stated Wednesday it has suspended an additional two employees as part of its investigation into failures to stop foreign currency markets, reports Reuters, citing company statements. The bank had earlier suspended three employees and placed six into a "disciplinary process." Reference Link
February 24, 2015
13:07 EDTRBSEU official: Euro banks shouldn't also go through Fed's stress test, WSJ says
Jonathan Hill, the European Unionís new financial markets chief, told The Wall Street Journal that he does not see a need for the U.S. to give stress tests to European banks that have already received health checks in Europe. Hill says banks across Europe are "properly and sensibly capitalized." The WSJ reported last week that the U.S. units of two European banks, Deutsche Bank (DB) and Banco Santander (SAN), are set to fail the Federal Reserve's stress tests, though they passed ECB stress tests last year. Reference Link
07:49 EDTRBSRBS to downsize investment bank, Asia operations, Reuters says
RBS will transfer responsibility of its investment bank from Donald Workman to restructuring chief Rory Cullinan in order to scale back operations at the unit and largely pull out of Asia, reports Reuters, citing three sources. The bank is expected to announce downsizing in Asia to just 200 staff in Singapore, down from 2,800 in late 2014. Cullinan will also lead the banks exit from "several European markets," said the sources. Reference Link
07:27 EDTDTEGYDeutsche Telekom partnering with Mozilla on 'privacy phone,' WSJ says
Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY), owner of T-Mobile (TMUS), is partnering with Mozilla to develop a "privacy phone" set for an official unveil at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona March 2-5, reports the Wall Street Journal. The phone will use a version of Mozilla's Firefox operating system and will include features such as location hiding. Reference Link
February 23, 2015
13:33 EDTRBSRBS could name Howard Davies as chairman this week, FT reports
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) could name Howard Davies as its chairman as early as Thursday, when the bank reports its full-year results, the Financial Times reports. Davies is currently chairman of insurance business Phoenix Group and chairs Morgan Stanley's (MS) risk committee. Current RBS Chairman Philip Hampton is set to become GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) chairman as early as this summer. Reference Link
08:42 EDTBXBlackstone Energy Partners II is oversubscribed at $4.5B
Blackstone announced the commencement of the investment period for its second energy-focused private equity fund, Blackstone Energy Partners II, with total commitments of $4.5B. BEP II received significant interest from both existing and new investors, with demand well surpassing the fundís $4.5B hard cap. Investors in the fund include a diverse group of U.S. state pension funds, corporate pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, endowments, foundations and family offices. Like its predecessor fund BEP I, a $2.4B fund that had its final close in September 2012, BEP II will invest in control-oriented equity and equity-linked interests in companies, assets and development projects in the energy and natural resources sector on a global basis. To date, Blackstoneís energy-focused private equity team of professionals has deployed over $8B in this strategy. Blackstone's $16B diversified global private equity fund will continue to invest alongside BEP II in energy transactions on a 50/50 basis.
February 20, 2015
06:47 EDTDTEGYDeutsche Telekom lifts fast Internet target, Reuters reports
Deutsche Telekom intends to provide fast Internet service to 5.9M more homes in Germany than it previously planned, Reuters quoted the company as saying. The company eventually wants to connect 80% of German houses to fast Internet services, the news service stated. Reference Link
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