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January 26, 2014
16:04 EDTEBAY, GSGoldman said to be advising eBay amid Icahn pressure, Bloomberg says
Goldman Sachs (GS) is said to be advising eBay (EBAY) as activist investor Carl Icahn pressures the company to spin-off its PayPal unit to unlock shareholder value, says Bloomberg. Goldman has advised eBay on a number of issues in the past, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
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March 26, 2015
06:05 EDTEBAYPayPal agrees to $7.7M settlement over sanction violations, AP says
eBay's PayPal has agreed to a $7.7M settlement with U.S. regulators who alleged the company allowed violations of sanctions against Iran, Cuba, and Sudan, reports the Associated Press, citing statements by the Office of Foreign Assets Control. The agency claimed PayPal failed to properly screen certain payments that occurred from October 2009 to April 2013. Reference Link
March 25, 2015
15:24 EDTEBAYU.S. Treasury says PayPal to pay $7.7M on sanctions violations, Dow Jones says
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March 24, 2015
07:45 EDTGSMetLife CEO letter may be early sign of bank earnings headwinds, WSJ says
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March 23, 2015
09:16 EDTEBAYeBay says making 'solid' progress on separation of PayPal
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09:16 EDTEBAYeBay adds two independent directors in preparation for PayPal separation
eBay (EBAY) announced the appointment of two new independent directors in anticipation of completing its previously announced separation of eBay and PayPal. Tony Bates, President of GoPro (GPRO), and Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross, have been appointed to eBay Inc.ís board of directors. eBay also announced that current directors William C. Ford and Richard T. Schlosberg, who have served for 10 years and 11 years, respectively, have advised the company that they do not plan to stand for re-election to the board at the 2015 Annual Meeting. With the appointment of Bates and McGovern, eBay's board currently is comprised of 17 directors, 15 of whom are independent. Following the companyís Annual Meeting, which will be held on May 1, eBayís board will be comprised of 15 directors, 13 of whom will be independent. Additionally, eBay announced that Jonathan Christodoro has been elected to its board as part of the previously announced standstill agreement with Carl Icahn, the companyís largest active shareholder.
March 20, 2015
10:09 EDTGSAllstate enters accelerated share repurchase agreement with Goldman Sachs
Allstate (ALL) said in a filing that on March 19, the Registrant entered into an accelerated share repurchase agreement with Goldman, Sachs & Co. (GS), to purchase $500M of its outstanding common stock. The majority of the shares to be repurchased under this agreement will be received by the Registrant at the agreementís inception. It is expected that Goldman will purchase the shares that it delivers under the agreement in the market within a timeframe not to exceed three months. The final purchase price per share and number of shares to be delivered by Goldman will be determined at the conclusion of the agreement and settlement will consist of the Registrant receiving shares based on the average of the daily volume weighted average prices of the Registrantís common stock during the period of Goldman purchases. If the Registrant is required to pay a settlement amount, the Registrant may elect to settle in cash or shares of its common stock. The agreement is part of the Registrantís repurchase program totaling $3B that was announced on February 4, 2015. All of the shares acquired by the Registrant under the agreement will be placed into its treasury.
March 19, 2015
11:53 EDTGSU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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11:18 EDTEBAYeBay cut to sell by noted analyst on mounting PayPal competition
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10:02 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:42 EDTGSAllianz hedges stake in China Pacific Insurance, Reuters says
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06:06 EDTGSSunrun 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
05:42 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
March 18, 2015
11:24 EDTEBAYeBay falls after Facebook adds friend-to friend payment option
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07:27 EDTGSFreeport seeks funding from Blackstone, Apollo, Reuters says
Freeport McMoRan (FCX) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Barclays (BCS) to find private equity firms willing to finance certain of its energy projects and asset developments, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Freeport is in talks with Blackstone (BX), Apollo (APO), and Warburg Pincus about a potential partnership. The sources say the firm may be seeking "several billion dollars," though discussions are in "very early" stages. Reference Link
06:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs prices 6M shares of specialty lending arm, WSJ reports
According to a source, late yesterday, Goldman Sachs priced 6M shares of Goldman Sachs BDC, its specialty lending arm, at $20 per share with the shares set to begin trading today, The Wall Street Journal reports. Shares of Goldman Sachs BDC will trade under the ticker symbol "GSBD." Reference Link
March 17, 2015
08:45 EDTEBAYeBay marketplaces GMV to accelerate in 2H15, says Bernstein
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07:01 EDTEBAYeBay launches Sotheby's live auctions experience
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06:42 EDTEBAYeBay to start selling Sotheby items today, NY Times says
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March 13, 2015
10:00 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:15 EDTEBAYeBay upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
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