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News For GE;RNF From The Last 14 Days
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April 21, 2015
09:32 EDTGEGE Energy Financial Services invests in GPI's solar project in Futtsu City
GE Energy Financial Services has formed a new partnership with Tokyo-based renewable energy project developer, Green Power Investment Corp., to invest in a 42-megawatt photovoltaic solar power project in Futtsu City, Japan. GE Energy Financial Services will invest alongside GPI in the project. In addition to the investment from GPI and GE Energy Financial Services, financing from a syndicate of four banks, led by The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. will be utilized for the project. Additional financial details are not disclosed.
09:02 EDTGEBlackstone, Wells Fargo in talks on more GE financial assets, Bloomberg says
General Electric (GE), which has announced plans to divest the majority of its GE Capital businesses, is in talks about the potential sale of its $74B U.S. commercial-lending unit, reported Bloomberg, echoing a similar report from The Wall Street Journal. Potential buyers include Blackstone (BX), Mitsubishi UFJ (MTU) Wells Fargo (WFC) and Apollo Global (APO), according to people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
06:04 EDTGEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ALU GE
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April 20, 2015
15:37 EDTGEGE Ventures invests in talent acquisition platform Ascendify
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12:34 EDTGEGE in discussions to sell $74B U.S. commercial lending unit, WSJ says
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12:03 EDTGEGE in discussions to sell $74B commercial lending business, Dow Jones says
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06:08 EDTGEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ALU GE
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April 17, 2015
16:24 EDTGEOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. The losses were broad based, with the S&P 500 losing 1% and the Dow and Nasdaq each sliding about 1.5%. There was little in the way of buying, as the number of declining stocks dwarfed the number of advancing stocks. Fears about Greece exiting the euro, steps taken by securities regulators in China and inflation data here at home were all pointed to as potential contributors to the down day in the market. The slide also coincided with the expiration of options, which can lead to volatility and heavy volume. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the headline Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.3%. The "core" rate, excluding food and energy prices, rose 0.2%, as expected. The leading economic index rose 0.2% to 121.4 in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.3%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index jumped 2.9 points to 95.9 in the preliminary print for April, topping expectations for a 94.0 reading. In China, announcements by Chinese securities regulators, the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges, and related bodies raised fears of a selloff in China. The China Securities Regulatory Commission imposed sanctions to try to control margin buying of stocks with borrowed money and the Securities Association of China said it will allow fund managers to lend stocks for short selling to increase the supply of shares. In Europe, strategists reportedly said a lack of progress in negotiations between Greece and its creditors had substantially increased the risk of Greece defaulting on its debt and even exiting the euro. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of both Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) dropped after Bloomberg, citing sources, reported that lawyers at the Justice Department’s antitrust division are leaning toward making a recommendation to file suit to block the companies' proposed merger. Spokespeople for Comcast and TWC reportedly told Bloomberg they see "no basis" for a lawsuit to block the transaction. Comcast ended the day down $1.25, or 2.09%, to $58.42, while Time Warner Cable shares slid $8.59, or 5.43%, to $149.61... First the Wall Street Journal, then Bloomberg, reported that Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA) is internally discussing a potential takeover bid for Mylan (MYL). Shares of both moved higher following the reports, which Mylan responded to by stating that it is fully committed to its stand-alone strategy, including its proposal to acquire Perrigo (PRGO). Mylan Chairman Robert Coury said that rumors of potential interest from Teva have been "circulating for some time," but that such a combination is "without sound industrial logic or cultural fit" and would be unlikely to receive antitrust regulatory clearances. Coury added that Mylan's board would "carefully consider" a bid if any party makes an "actual offer" to acquire the company. Shares of General Electric (GE) reported a loss of $1.35 per share due to large charges related to its planned exit from the majority of its GE Capital business. Adjusting for special items, GE's operating earnings per share of 31c topped the consensus forecast by 1c. Additionally, GE said it has received "strong inbound interest" in its GE Capital assets following the company's April 10 investor update. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Celanese (CE), which rose $9.04, or 15.55%, to $67.18, and Mattel (MAT), which advanced $1.48, or 5.84%, to $26.75. Among the noteworthy losers after their quarterly reports were SerivceNow (NOW), which fell $9.55, or 11.53%, to $73.29, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which dropped 29c, or 10.28%, to $2.58. INDEXES: The Dow declined 279.47, or 1.54%, to 17,826.30, the Nasdaq fell 75.98, or 1.52%, to 4,931.81, and the S&P 500 dropped 23.81, or 1.13%, to 2,081.18.
12:21 EDTGEOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:00 EDTGESynchrony Financial will not return dividends, buybacks till after separation
Synchrony Financial (SYF) does not expect to have any dividends or buybacks till it is fully separated from General Electric (GE). It expects capital to grow in that time. The company adds that it expects credit trends will continue to be stable and it is seeing impact of compelling new value propositions. Comments taken from Q1 earnings conference call.
09:14 EDTGEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:06 EDTGESynchrony Financial reports Q1 provision for loan losses $687M
Synchrony (SYF) reports Q1 provision for loan losses decreased $77M to $687M largely due to improved asset quality trends. Reports estimated Tier 1 Common Equity ratio under Basel I was 16.9% and the estimated fully phased-in Common Equity Tier 1 ratio under Basel III was 16.4%. Q1 return on assets was 3.0% and return on equity was 20.8%. Net interest margin declined 304 basis points to 15.79%, primarily due to the impact from the significant increase in liquidity versus the prior year. Efficiency ratio increased to 32.2%, mainly due to increased investments in growth and infrastructure build in preparation for separation from GE (GE).
09:04 EDTGESynchrony Financial says separation from General Electric on track
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08:36 EDTGEGE CEO says U.S. economy getting 'a little better every day'
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08:33 EDTGEGE says received 'strong' inbound interest on GE Capital assets
General Electric (GE) said it has received "strong inbound interest" in its GE Capital assets following the company's April 10 investor update. The company said it is prioritizing portfolio actions to maximize franchise value and that its Synchrony (SYF) separation efforts are on track.
08:04 EDTGEGeneral Electric sees double-digit growth in Power & Water orders in Q2
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06:41 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q1 Oil and Gas revenue flat and operating profit up 11%
06:39 EDTGEGeneral Electric CEO says GE performed in well in volatile environment
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06:38 EDTGEGeneral Electric on track for FY15 Industrial EPS $1.10-$1.20
06:38 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q1 Industrial segment profit up 9% to $3.6B
Reports Q1 orders $23.1B; Reports Q1-end backlog $263B; Reports Q1 Industrial segment gross margins up 90 basis points to 26.2%. Reports Q1 Industrial segment operating margins up 120 basis points to 14.6%.
06:35 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q1 operating EPS 31c, consensus 30c
Reports Q1 preliminary revenue excluding GE Capital exit impacts $33.1B, consensus $34.23B
April 16, 2015
15:49 EDTGEGeneral Electric April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
General Electric April call option implied volatility is at 54, May and June is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 on April 17.
15:23 EDTGENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:57 EDTGEEarnings Watch: Analyst sentiment positive ahead of GE's Q1 report
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08:04 EDTGECon Edison Devleopment enters into agreement to procure GE energy storage system
GE (GE) announced it will supply Con Edison Development (ED) with an 8 MWh battery energy storage system in Central Valley, CA. The new storage solution will be utilizing GE’s Mark VIe-based plant control system, Brilliance MW Inverters, and packaged lithium ion battery modules. As part of its expanding energy storage portfolio, this project marks the first time GE will introduce a lithium ion battery solution. The system will provide two megawatts of power over a four-hour period, and the deal includes delivery of a complete energy storage system, with associated long-term service agreements.
April 15, 2015
15:41 EDTGEGeneral Electric, Alstom may have interest in Bombardier rail unit
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April 14, 2015
12:05 EDTGEMarketo engagement marketing platform to integrate with LinkedIn
Marketo (MKTO) announced it will partner with LinkedIn (LNKD) on a solution that connects LinkedIn's Lead Accelerator solution with Marketo's Engagement Marketing Platform. The combination "bridges the gap between digital, social and offline channels to enable marketers to engage in relevant conversations with customers wherever they are online," the company said. GE (GE) will pioneer the joint solution, Marketo announced.
10:49 EDTGEWells Fargo sees remaining at high end of 55%-59% efficiency ratio target
Says adjusted tax rate leaves company in "mid-32%" range for rest of year. Says will look to work closely with GE Capital (GE) as it sells other businesses. Sees remaining at high end of 55%-59% efficiency ratio target. Says "optimistic" about Q2.
10:26 EDTGEWells Fargo says underlying economic expansion 'largely on track'
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09:35 EDTGEActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN PBR SU NFLX ALU BIDU TSLA JNJ GE
07:35 EDTGEVeracyte and General Electric join to develop genomic diagnosis solutions
Veracyte (VCYT) and GE (GE) announced a research collaboration to develop new solutions that can improve disease diagnosis. Financial and other terms were not disclosed. Veracyte will collaborate with GE Ventures, GE Healthcare, and the GE Global Research Center to explore the feasibility of combining Veracyte's genomic technology with GE Healthcare's digital imaging technology. Through the agreement, Veracyte and GE aim to identify features from raw imaging data that, when combined with genomic information, have the potential to elucidate useful, new information to further address unmet clinical needs.
April 13, 2015
16:01 EDTGEOptions Update; April 13, 2015
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09:34 EDTGEActive equity options trading on open
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07:52 EDTGEBlackstone Mortgage portfolio purchase from GE a win for both, says UBS
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07:03 EDTGEGeneral Electric risk/reward ratio positive, says Bernstein
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07:02 EDTRNFRentech Nitrogen announces resignation of director Halbert Washburn
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06:32 EDTGEReal estate is a big part of Blackstone's business, NY Times says
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06:09 EDTGEGE must prove that industrial business can grow reliably, WSJ reports
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05:49 EDTGEStocks with implied volatility movement; GE SD
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April 12, 2015
14:56 EDTGEGE investors should consider selling, Barron's says
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April 10, 2015
16:19 EDTGEStocks finish week higher as investors speculate jobs data could delay rate hike
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16:14 EDTGEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:05 EDTGEOptions Update; April 10, 2015
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14:35 EDTGEBlackstone Mortgage deal positive but stock upside limited, says BofA/Merrill
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14:34 EDTGEGE Energy Financial Services, partner look to sell nat gas utility, WSJ says
GE Energy Financial Services and Alinda Capital Partners are looking for a buyer for their joint venture SourceGas, a natural-gas utility that operates more than 18,000 miles of distribution, gathering and transmission pipelines as well as storage facilities, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. SourceGas could fetch more than $1.5B in a sale, including debt, the report said. Reference Link
14:06 EDTGEGeneral Electric asset sales is a significant positive, says RBC Capital
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13:00 EDTGEGeneral Electric volatility increases on GE Capital assets sales into Q1 and out
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12:46 EDTGEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:07 EDTGEHigh option volume stocks
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09:39 EDTGEActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTGEGE sees having $3B-$5B a year for bolt-on acquisitions while Capital deals close
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09:22 EDTGEGeneral Electric trades near 52-week high on restructuring plan
The shares were trading last at $27.39 in the pre-market, close to the 52-week high at $27.53. Next resistance above that high is at $28.58.
09:16 EDTGEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Quantum (QTM), up 22.2%. ALSO HIGHER: General Electric (GE), up 6.6% after announcing that it will sell most of GE Capital assets for approximately $26.5B... Horizon Pharma (HZNP), up 3.7% after receiving fast track designation for Actimmune... Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), up 2.3% after FDA modifies partial clinical hold on Tekmira TKM-Ebola IND... Netflix (NFLX), up 2.9% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Blackstone Mortgage Trust (BXMT), up 3.6% after acquiring $4.6B loan portfolio from GE Capital. LOWER: Citrix Systems (CTXS), down 5.8% after lowering first quarter guidance... Uniqure (QURE), down 2.4% after 3M share Secondary priced at $29.50... FIS (FIS), down 2.5% after lowering first quarter guidance... Golub Capital (GBDC), down 2.3% after 3.5M share Spot Secondary priced at $17.42.
08:58 EDTGEGeneral Electric sees strong Industrial double-digit growth through 2018
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08:55 EDTGEGE to repatriate about $36B in cash as part of GE Capital plans
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08:44 EDTGEGE targeting being in position to apply for SIFI de-designation in 2016
GE (GE) said it is working to be able to apply for SIFI de-designation as quickly as possible and is targeting being in position to apply for de-designation "some time" in 2016. GE added that it expects to be able to sell its U.S. assets quickly and noted it has received a significant number of inquires from buyers. GE stated that it has hired JPMorgan (JPM) as global coordinator for its disposition plans. Comments from GE investor meeting to update on GE Capital plans.
07:44 EDTGEGE targeting Synchrony Financial separation to close by year-end 2015
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07:01 EDTGEGeneral Electric volatility flat into selling most of GE Capital assets
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06:42 EDTGEGE to work closely with FSOC to de-designate GE Capital as SIFI
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06:41 EDTGEGE industrial business remain on track for operating EPS of $1.10-$1.20
06:38 EDTGEBlackstone and Wells Fargo confirm acquisition of GE real estate assets
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06:35 EDTGEGE releases financial details of GE Capital assets sale
Approximately $16B of after-tax charges are expected to be recorded in the first quarter of 2015 in connection with the plan – of which about $12B are non-cash. The charges include taxes on repatriated earnings, asset impairments due to shortened hold periods, and charges on businesses held for sale, including goodwill allocation. GE expects that the earnings impact of the GE Capital exits will be offset by the buyback over the exit period. GE has amended its income maintenance agreement to guarantee all tradable senior and subordinated debt securities and all commercial paper issued or guaranteed by GECC. The guarantee will replace the current income maintenance covenant. GE will maintain substantial liquidity and capital through the transition and does not expect to issue incremental GE Capital long-term debt for at least five years. Commercial paper will be further reduced to approximately $5 billion by the end of 2015.
06:34 EDTGEGE could return more than $90B in dividends, buyback, Synchrony exchange
There is potential to return more than $90B to investors in dividends, buyback and the Synchrony exchange through 2018. The exits of the targeted GE Capital businesses should release approximately $35B in dividends to GE, which, under GE’s base plan, are expected to be allocated to buyback; this is in addition to the impact of the Synchrony exchange and ongoing dividends. The GE board has authorized a new repurchase program of up to $50B in common stock, excluding the Synchrony exchange. GE expects to reduce its share count to 8-8.5 billion by 2018. These actions would still allow room for opportunistic “bolt on” acquisitions in GE’s core markets. GE also said it plans to maintain its dividend at the current level in 2016 and grow it thereafter.
06:34 EDTGEGeneral Electric to sell most of GE Capital assets for approximately $26.5B
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06:34 EDTGEBlackstone Mortgage to acquire $4.6B loan portfolio from GE Capital
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06:34 EDTGEBlackstone Mortgage to acquire $4.6B loan portfolio from GE Capital
06:31 EDTGEGeneral Electric to sell most of GE Capital assets for approximately $26.5B
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April 9, 2015
16:17 EDTGEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:56 EDTGEGeneral Electric moves higher on deal to sell real estate portfolio
The shares were last at $25.26, trading up over 1%. At this price next resistance is at $26.27. Support is at $25.09, the 50-day moving average.
13:38 EDTGEGE close to selling real estate holdings, WSJ reports
General Electric (GE) is close to selling its real estate holdings to Blackstone (BX) and Wells Fargo (WFC), Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The portfolio has $30B in holdings, the Journal adds. Shares of GE moved up 25c to $25.26 following the report. Reference Link
13:35 EDTGEGE in discussions to sell all or part of real estate assets, Dow Jones says
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April 8, 2015
17:25 EDTGECourt reverses $664M judgment against United Technologies
In a regulatory filing, United Technologies (UTX) reports that on April 6, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision in the litigation concering the F100 engine. The litigation arose from allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice that Pratt & Whitney -- a United subsidiary -- violated the civil False Claims Act relating to the competition between Pratt & Whitney's F100 engine and General Electric's (GE) F110 engine, resulting in alleged overpayments by the government for F100 engines under contracts awarded by the U.S. Air Force in fiscal years 1985-1990. On June 17, 2013, a trial court in Ohio rendered a decision awarding the government $473M in damages and penalties, plus prejudgment interest for a total judgment of approximately $664M. In its latest decision, the Sixth Circuit reversed the trial court’s judgment, noting that the government did not prove any damages, and remanded the case to the trial court to decide whether the government should have another opportunity to prove that it suffered any actual damages.
09:13 EDTGEElectrolux sees GE Appliances deal closing in 2015
Electrolux (ELUXY) announced that results for the business area Major Appliances North America will be significantly lower than anticipated in Q1. Electrolux operations continue to be negatively impacted by the transition of the product ranges within refrigeration and freezers. This transition is a consequence of the new energy requirements imposed during the second half of 2014. Earnings are also affected by the ramp up of the cooking plant in Memphis, which has been slower than anticipated. Results for the business area in the first quarter 2015 will therefore be negative. A program to restore profitability and increase efficiency is under way. It will require most of 2015 before these actions will show full effect. The preparation work for the integration of GE Appliances (GE) is progressing well and Electrolux remains confident that the transaction will be closed in 2015. During the integration planning, additional synergies of $50M have been identified, in excess of the previously communicated $300M. Total cost synergies are now estimated to $350M.
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