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November 25, 2013
08:33 EDTGDOT, WMT, GEGreen Dot receives approval to acquire Wal-Mart MoneyCard Portfolio
Green Dot (GDOT) announced that its subsidiary bank, Green Dot Bank, received required regulatory approvals from the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Utah Department of Financial Institutions related to the pending acquisition of the legacy Wal-Mart (WMT) MoneyCard Portfolio from GE's (GE) Capital Retail Bank. The consummation of the transaction is subject to closing conditions, including, among other things, the Department of Justiceís required 15-day waiting period. The transaction is expected to close during the 1Q14.
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April 16, 2014
12:22 EDTGEEarnings Preview: Analyst sentiment mixed ahead of GE's Q1 report
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09:03 EDTGEGE Digital Energy providing series compensation capabilities for Scottish Power
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07:13 EDTGEGeneral Electric April volatility elevated into Q1 and revenue outlook
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April 15, 2014
10:18 EDTGEGE Healthcare completes acquisition of CHCA Computer Systems
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10:01 EDTGEGeneral Electric says Dan Janki to lead GE's Treasury operations
GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt announced the appointment of Dan Janki to lead GEís Treasury operations, succeeding Kathy Cassidy, who is retiring later this year after 35 years of service to GE. Mark Begor, who currently leads GE Capitalís Real Estate business, will succeed Janki as president & CEO of GE Energy Management. Alec Burger, currently the North America leader for GE Capital Real Estate, will succeed Mark Begor as president & CEO of GE Capital Real Estate. The CEO appointments are effective immediately and the formal Treasury transition will be effective by the end of April.
06:04 EDTGEGE CEO may give up leadership earlier than 20-year tenure, WSJ says
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05:38 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at William Blair
William Blair downgraded its rating on Wal-Mart (WMT) to Underperform from Market Perform citing risks with e-commerce competition and the prospect of sector rotation away from retailers. William Blair says retail sales were sluggish in Q1 with weak consumer confidence for low-income households.
April 14, 2014
11:54 EDTGEGE reports Omnyx gets FDA clearance for digital manual read of HER2 slides
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April 11, 2014
07:09 EDTWMTLi & Fung collaborates with Citigroup on brand unit spinoff, Bloomberg says
Li & Fung (LFUGF)) is said to be collaborating with Citigroup (C) to spin off its brands division, which is valued at nearly $2B, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company's brand unit sells clothing and toys to retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Kohl's (KSS). Reference Link
April 10, 2014
13:14 EDTWMTFamily Dollar slides after holiday disappointment prompts store closures
Shares of discount retailer Family Dollar (FDO) are falling after the company reported second quarter earnings per share and revenue that fell below expectations, along with third quarter and FY14 projections that are lower than analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Family Dollar reported second quarter earnings per share of 80c, which fell below analysts consensus of 90c. The company reported second quarter revenue of $2.72B, while analysts projected $2.77B. Family Dollar, which reported that its second quarter same-store-sales decreased by 3.8%, said the holiday season was challenged by "a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer" and that its results were also significantly impacted by severe winter weather like many retailers. The company expects third quarter earnings per share excluding-items to be 85c-95c, while analysts project a 98c consensus. Family Dollar said that it sees FY14 earnings per share excluding items to be $3.05-$3.25, which is at the lower end of analysts' estimations. Family Dollar noted that it expects to close nearly 370 underperforming stores in the second half of FY14 and slow new store growth beginning in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During Family Dollar's earnings conference call, the company said that it plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY14 and said that it recently cut about 10% of its corporate workforce. ANALYST OPINION: Wells Fargo analyst Matt Nemer said Family Dollar's third quarter negative comp guidance and commentary about a challenging macro environment could pressure its own shares as well as those of its peers Dollar General (DG) and Dollar Tree (DLTR). However, Family Dollar's store closures combined with a decrease in future store growth could ultimately have positive implications for its competitors, Nemer added. On March 4, Credit Suisse said Family Dollar's underperformance compared to Dollar General and significant earnings possibilities gives the rationale for a potential merger of the two. On February 19, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein suggested that Wal-Mart (WMT) should consider acquiring Family Dollar as a way to "jumpstart" its small store effort. CNBC's David Faber reported the same morning that Exstein published his note that Family Dollar was not holding any talks about selling itself at that time. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Family Dollar decreased $1.54, or 2.61%, to $57.53, Dollar Tree dropped 2.5%, and Dollar General fell about 1.5%.
09:03 EDTGEGE to provide grid modernization solutions to Furnas
GEís Digital Energy business is providing Furnas and Triangulo Mineiro Transmissora/Geoenergia with the latest in protection and control equipment to ensure performance and quality for each of the utilityís grid modernization projects. Furnas is one of the biggest utilities in Latin America and is responsible for power transmission in south, southeast and mid west Brazil. These projects, which support the modernization of Brazilís grid, mark GEís entry into Brazilís ANEEL transmission auctions. The auctions were won in December 2013 by TMT, a collaborative utility composed of Furnas and FIP Milao, with Furnas being the largest participant at 49%.
06:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart to carry Wild Oats organic food items
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April 9, 2014
09:10 EDTGE, WMTWal-Mart to purcahse energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures from GE
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April 8, 2014
11:48 EDTGDOTGreen Dot shares recommended at BTIG
BTIG believes Green Dot shares are poised to rebound and recommends purchase at current levels. Shares are Buy rated with a $31 price target.
09:07 EDTGEGE Healthcare receives FDA clearance of its Q.Clear technology
GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric, announced that it received U.S. FDA 510 clearance of its Q.Clear technology -- technology that can provide up to two times improvement in both quantitative accuracy and image quality in PET/CT imaging. This is an innovative new tool for clinicians across the entire care continuum including diagnosis, staging, treatment planning, and treatment assessment.
08:03 EDTGEGE unit provides $50M loan for Illinois power plant
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07:24 EDTGEPR News to hold a conference
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06:17 EDTWMTWal-Mart to expand in India, add e-commerce, wholesale stores, WSJ reports
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April 7, 2014
07:39 EDTGEBloomberg to hold a summit
The Future of Energy Summit 2014 is being held in New York on April 7-9.
April 4, 2014
08:02 EDTGE, WMTSam's Club extends contract for branded credit card program with GE Capital
Samís Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), has finalized a multi-year agreement with GE Capital Retail Bank (GE) to extend their existing relationship to provide Samís Club-branded credit cards to club members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. As part of the extension, GE Capitalís Retail Finance business will continue to manage and service the credit card programs for Samís Club Savings, Business and Plus members. Under the agreement, the Samís Club co-branded credit card programs will be converted to MasterCard (MA) later this year. Walmart has also extended their relationship with GE Capital Retail Bank and branded cards will transition to MasterCard later this year.
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