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March 31, 2014
09:43 EDTGE, BACGE considering sale of GE Money Bank Nordics, Reuters reports
According to sources, General Electric (GE) is considering selling GE Money Bank Nordics and is working with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC) to review its options for the unit, Reuters reports. The unit could fetch up to $2.75B in a sale. Potential buyers for the unit include private equity firms, as well as strategic players with a presence in consumer finance, the sources say. Reference Link
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February 26, 2015
15:02 EDTBACFed extends capital surcharge for SiFi banks comment period to April 3
The Federal Reserve extended until April 3 the comment period for its proposed rule to implement capital surcharges for the largest, most systemically important U.S. bank holding companies. The Fed extended the comment period to allow interested persons more time to analyze the issues and prepare their comments. Originally, comments were due by March 2. The proposed rule would establish a methodology to identify whether a firm is a global systemically important banking organization and would also establish the size of a firm's risk-based capital surcharge. The proposal is designed to further strengthen the capital positions of these institutions. Large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
14:01 EDTBACBarclays 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
10:50 EDTBACNew York regulator considering cybersecurity, cash laundering controls, WSJ says
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February 25, 2015
05:22 EDTGEGE Healthcare selected as strategic partner by Kenyan Ministry of Health
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February 24, 2015
18:02 EDTGEGeneral Electric director purchases $20M of company stock
According to regulatory filings, GE director William G. Beattie purchased 800,000 shares of GE for $20,096,000 on February 18 and 19.
14:43 EDTBACBofA head of Americas equitites leaving company, Bloomberg reports
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12:12 EDTBACBank of America head of equities for America leaving bank, Bloomberg says
07:21 EDTBACSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a conference
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February 23, 2015
12:07 EDTGEEU opens probe in GE's proposed acquisition of Alstom's energy business
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether General Electric's (GE) proposed acquisition of the Thermal Power, Renewable Power & Grid businesses of Alstom (ALSMY) is in line with the EU Merger Regulation. The Commissionís preliminary investigation indicates potential competition concerns in the market for heavy-duty gas turbines which are mainly used in gas-fired power plants. The transaction would bring together the activities of GE, the world's largest manufacturer of heavy-duty gas turbines, with those of Alstom, eliminating one of the three main global competitors to GE in this market. The opening of an in-depth inquiry does not prejudge the final result of the investigation. The Commission now has 90 working days, until 8 July, to take a final decision. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
08:26 EDTGEArc Logistics to acquire all membership interests Joliet Bulk for $216M
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February 19, 2015
06:47 EDTBACReport shows subprime consumer loans at pre-2007 levels, WSJ says
Equifax (EFX) has released a report stating nearly 40%, or 50M, of auto loans, credit cards, and personal loans during the first 11 months of 2014 were made to subprime customers, the highest levels since the 2007 financial crisis, reports the Wall Street Journal. LendingTree (TREE) Chief Marketing Officer Gabriel Dalporto attributes the growth to nonbank lenders under less regulatory scrutiny than large banks. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
February 18, 2015
11:14 EDTGEGE, Alstom deal likely to face intense EU scrutiny, Reuters says
General Electric's (GE) deal for Alstom's (ALSMY) power equipment business is likely to face an intense EU antitrust investigation, says Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
07:21 EDTBACJPMorgan, Citi top government report of riskiest banks, Reuters reports
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07:07 EDTGEBarclays to hold a conference
Industrial Select Conference is being held in Miami on February 18-19.
February 17, 2015
10:26 EDTBACBank of America reports January default rate 2.93% vs. 3.13% last month
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February 15, 2015
15:42 EDTGEGE inaugurates new Indian manufacturing facility, Reuters says
General Electric inaugurated its new manufacturing facility in India this weekend that the conglomerate will use as an export hub, with plans to send half of its output to the company's global factories, says Reuters. The new Indian facility will be a major part of GE's plan to win increased domestic orders there, added Reuters. Reference Link

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