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June 19, 2014
13:14 EDTGE, V, MA, AXPJustice 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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October 15, 2014
16:06 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports global commercial services net income $204M
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16:05 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports Q3 card member spending up 9% YoY
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16:03 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports Q3 U.S. card services net income $889M, up 14% YoY
Reports Q3 International card services net income $142M, unchanged from a year ago.
16:02 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports Q3 EPS $1.40, consensus $1.36
Reports Q3 revenue $8.33B, consensus $8.35B.
15:28 EDTAXPNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include American Express (AXP), consensus $1.36; eBay (EBAY), consensus 67c; Kinder Morgan (KMI), consensus 34c; Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), consensus 64c; Kinder Morgan Management (KMR), consensus 58c; El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB), consensus 39c; Netflix (NFLX), consensus 93c; United Rentals (URI), consensus $2.08; Navient (NAVI), consensus 52c; Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 58c; Umpqua Holdings (UMPQ), consensus 29c; Astoria Financial (AF), consensus 16c; Rambus (RMBS), consensus 5c.
12:30 EDTGEGE exploring options for Bank BHP sale
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12:04 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports September write-off ate 1.2% vs. 1.5% last month
Reports September 30 days past due loans 1.0% vs. 0.9% last month.
10:13 EDTGEGeneral Electric October volatility elevated into Q3 and guidance
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09:03 EDTGEGE unit arranges $200M senior debt facility
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October 14, 2014
09:46 EDTGEGE signs contract with ENKA to supply power generation equipment in Iraq
GE has signed a contract with ENKA to supply power generation equipment for a new 750-megawatt combined-cycle plant being developed by Qaiwan Group in Iraq. GE will provide four 9E gas turbines and one steam turbine for a new power plant in Sulaimaniyah to support the government’s goal of strengthening the electricity infrastructure in the Kurdistan region. Through its regional partnerships, GE’s turbines support more than 90% of the electricity generated in the Kurdistan region, supplying nearly 20 hours of electricity a day. The Erbil, Sulaiymaniyah and Dohuk plants, powered by 24 GE 9E gas turbines, produce more than 3,000 MW, the equivalent to the required annual energy needs of approximately 3 million households in Iraq. The Bazyan plant will help deliver power to an additional 750,000 households.
08:50 EDTVVisa, 3PEA International enter into prepaid card agreement
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October 13, 2014
09:02 EDTGEGE receives order from BAE Systems for 3U VPX rugged systems
GE’s Intelligent Platforms business (GE) announced at AUSA that it had received a $2.6M order from BAE Systems Platforms and Services (BAESY) for a quantity of its latest generation 3U VPX COTS Rugged Systems that deliver an advanced HPEC capability. The COTS Rugged Systems will be deployed as part of the US Army’s CETU which sees in-vehicle training and simulation incorporated into the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
09:01 EDTGEGE Capital Aviation to acquire Milestone Aviation for $1.775B
GE Capital Aviation Services, the aircraft leasing unit of GE, announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Milestone Aviation Group, the Dublin-based helicopter lessor, for $1.775B. The acquisition is in line with GE Capital’s strategic plan of growing and enhancing value in core areas aligned with GE’s industrial domains including energy, aviation, oil & gas and healthcare, while reducing the overall size of GE Capital through the disposition of non-strategic assets such as the recently executed IPO and planned split-off of our North American Retail Finance business and the sale of our consumer banks in the Nordics. The transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and is targeted to close in 2015. Richard T. Santulli, chairman and CEO, Milestone Aviation Group, will serve as chairman of the helicopter leasing business and will become an officer of GE.
07:19 EDTV, MA, AXPAmEx, Capital One profits seen boosted by credit card 'sweet spot,' WSJ says
Credit card players such as American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF), as well as banks with significant card units like JPMorgan (JPM), stand to benefit from the U.S. card industry's "sweet spot" of moderate economic growth, low interest rates and consumers who are better managing payments while growing their spending, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that consulting firm R.K. Hammer estimates U.S. card issuers' revenue will grow 9% this year to $158.6B. Other U.S. banks with credit card units include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) and other card companies include Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link
07:15 EDTAXPNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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October 12, 2014
17:41 EDTGEGeneral Electric could return 25%, Barron's says
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17:20 EDTGEGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
18:05 EDTGEGeneral Electric negotiating deal to buy Milestone Aviation, WSJ reports
General Electric's finance unit is negotiating a deal to acquire Milestone Aviation Group, and the purchase price could be more than $2.5B, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
07:25 EDTGEGE CEO to continue shedding divisions in FY15, Bloomberg says
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07:21 EDTGEGE expects data division to exceed $1B in sales this year, Reuters says
GE CEO Jeff Immelt said that the company was en route to gross over $1B in sales from its industrial data-analysis division in FY14, and is looking to broaden the availability of its software platform in FY15, according to Reuters, citing comments from Immelt. Reference Link
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