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June 19, 2014
13:14 EDTAXP, GE, MA, VJustice Department announces settlement with GE Capital Retail Bank
The Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a settlement to resolve allegations that GE Capital Retail Bank, known as of this month as Synchrony Bank, engaged in a "nationwide pattern or practice of discrimination by excluding Hispanic borrowers from two of its credit card debt-repayment programs." The settlement resolves claims by the department and the CFPB that GE Capital violated the Equal Credit Opportunity Act by excluding borrowers who indicated that they preferred communications to be in Spanish or had a mailing address in Puerto Rico from two credit card debt-repayment programs. The settlement provides $169M in relief to approximately 108,000 borrowers in the form of monetary payments and the reduction, or complete waiver, of borrowers’ credit card balances. GE Capital has also agreed to eliminate negative credit reports for affected borrowers that occurred during periods of the alleged discrimination. Shares of credit card companies Visa (V), MasterCard (MA) and American Express (AXP) have moved off of their lows following the news from the Justice Department. The card companies sold off ahead of the DOJ's announcement that was dubbed a credit card enforcement action.
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March 19, 2015
09:03 EDTAXPAmerican Express, Charles Schwab confirm co-brand relationship
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07:28 EDTAXPAmerican Express, Charles Schwab reach co-brand agreement, Reuters says
American Express (AXP) stated Thursday it has reached a deal with Charles Schwab (SCHW) to offer cards under both company names, reports Reuters. The deal is a multi-year agreement and will involve two kinds of cards, though precise details will not be announced until near the expected launch date in early 2016. Reference Link
07:04 EDTAXPAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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06:10 EDTGEPhilips planning to spin off lighting business in IPO in 1H16, WSJ reports
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March 18, 2015
10:06 EDTGEGE to install water solution during planned outage at Alaska power plant
GE announced it will commission a reverse osmosis mobile water filtration system at the Golden Valley Electric Association coal-fired power plant in Healy, Alaska. The GE system will provide the plant with clean water during a planned outage to upgrade the plant's water treatment system and environmental controls and facilitate the start up of Unit 2. The total power output of the facility once Unit 2 is online will be 80 megawatts. The two-unit station is located approximately 300 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The GVEA Healy plant will require GE's mobile water filtration system for approximately 90 days while work is being completed.
07:02 EDTGEExterran nominates five new directors to board
Exterran Holdings (EXH) announced that its Board of Directors has nominated the following individuals for election to the Exterran Holdings Board at the Company’s 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on April 28: Anne-Marie N. Ainsworth – former President and CEO of the general partner of Oiltanking Partners, L.P. (OILT); Frances Powell Hawes – independent financial consultant and former CFO of NCI Building Systems (NCS); James H. Lytal – independent energy consultant and former President of Gulfterra Energy Partners LP; Richard R. Stewart- former President and CEO of GE Aero Energy (GE); and Ieda Gomes Yell – Managing Director of Energix Strategy Ltd. and former President of BP Brazil (BP). “In November 2014, we announced a plan to separate Exterran’s international contract operations, international aftermarket services and global fabrication businesses into an independent, publicly traded company in the second half of 2015,” said Mark Sotir, Executive Chairman of the Board. “Our Board has nominated these additional well qualified director candidates in anticipation of certain of Exterran’s directors resigning from the Board at the time of the separation in order to join the board of directors of the new publicly traded company. We have not yet reached a final determination regarding which directors will remain on Exterran’s Board and which directors will join the board of directors of SpinCo at the time of the separation.”
06:43 EDTGEMarket convinced GE is dead money, Reuters columnist says
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06:36 EDTGEBoeing turns to cargo jets to overcome West coast port disruptions, WSJ says
Boeing (GE) and its suppliers -- including General Electric (GE) -- have turned to using large Ukrainian "Antonov" cargo jets to overcome supply disruptions at U.S. West coast ports, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing statements by Boeing Commercial CEO Ray Conner, who said disruptions continued even after the ports reached a deal earlier in March. "We’re still dealing with the congestion of all the things that are stuck in those ports right now," added Conner. A Boeing spokesperson said there had been "no effect" on deliveries to airlines. Reference Link
06:16 EDTAXPAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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March 17, 2015
10:01 EDTGEGeneral Electric announces Chief Communications Officer Gary Sheffer to retire
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07:23 EDTGEEC extends GE-Alstom deal decision deadline to August 6
The European Commission has extended the deadline on its decision on the deal between General Electric (GE) and Alstom (ALSMY) by 20 working days to August 6, according to a post to the commission's site. Reference Link
07:18 EDTGESatellite & Access Intelligence to hold a exhibition
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06:18 EDTGEGeneral Electric CEO says GE Capital will focus on improving returns
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March 16, 2015
15:57 EDTGEGeneral Electric March calls active
General Electric March call option implied volatility is at 19, April and May is at 15; compared to its 26-week average of 15 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
12:01 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports February net write-off rate 1.5% vs. 1.4% last month
Reports February 30 days past due loans 1.0% vs. 1.0% last month.
10:50 EDTMAMasterCard, Itau Unitbanco announce new 20-year agreement
Itaú (ITUB) and MasterCard (MA) announced today the signing of a new 20-year agreement that further strengthens the long-term relationship between the two companies. As part of the agreement, Itaú and MasterCard will establish and operate a new electronic payments network in Brazil. In addition, Itaú will issue payment solutions including credit, debit and pre-paid cards as part of the newly created payments network and focus on enhancing the efficiency of their payment value chain. MasterCard will be responsible for managing the operations of the new network and transaction routing.
10:28 EDTGEOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:19 EDTGEGE announces $100M in new programs in Saudi Arabia
GE announced $100M in new programs that will further the company’s localization efforts, build innovation capacity, and create jobs in advanced manufacturing and software analytics in Saudi Arabia. This new investment adds to GE’s $1B commitment over the past three years in the Kingdom, and aligns the company with the country’s Vision 2024 and Ninth Development Plan to diversify the economy, drive industrialization and manufacturing, and build the next-generation of human capital skill-sets in materials and data science.
07:10 EDTMAWEX Inc. to receive MasterCard issuing license in Australia
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March 15, 2015
12:41 EDTGEGE sells Australia-New Zealand consumer lending unit to consortium
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