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June 10, 2014
08:51 EDTGPT, BAC, MSGramercy Property Trust closes previously announced deal for BOA Portfolio
Gramercy Property Trust (GPT) has closed the previously announced transaction with an affiliate of Garrison Investment Group to acquire Garrison’s 50% equity interest in a joint venture that owns 67 properties aggregating approximately 3.1 million square feet that are approximately 96.5% leased to Bank of America, N.A. (BAC), through June 2023. The company already owns the remaining 50% interest in the Joint Venture. The purchase price paid by the company valued the Joint Venture at $395M. At closing, in addition to other customary prorations and credits, the company received an approximately $5.3 million incentive profits credit against the purchase price. The BOA Portfolio has budgeted calendar year 2014 cash net operating income of approximately $27.5M and 2014 straight-line net operating income of approximately $28.5M. Morgan Stanley (MS) served as the company’s financial advisor in connection with the transaction.
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August 15, 2014
06:48 EDTMSMorgan Stanley settles overtime pay suit with $4.2M, Reuters says
Morgan Stanley and sales assistants in the firm's wealth management division system who alleged that they were owed overtime compensation finally agreed to settle the matter with $4.2M, according to Reuters, citing comments from a company spokeswoman in an e-mail. The spokeswoman said, “Morgan Stanley maintains robust policies to ensure that non-exempt employees are paid for all time worked. However, with this settlement we will put an end to protracted and expensive litigation that is a distraction from our business.” Reference Link
August 14, 2014
08:28 EDTBACBofA, DOJ still in talks over $17B settlement, NY Post says
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August 13, 2014
06:19 EDTMSBanks pressing Federal Reserve to delay rule on investments, WSJ says
Banks are pushing U.S. policy makers for a delay of a rule that requires them to sell investments in private-equity and venture-capital funds, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to people familiar with the effort, bank officials, trade groups and lawmakers are lobbying the Federal Reserve to delay the rule for up to seven years that limits banks' investments. Reference Link
August 12, 2014
09:35 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GOOG C TSL EXAS BAC DNDN JNJ TSLA
07:48 EDTBAC, MSBanks posted second-highest profit in 23 years in second quarter, WSJ says
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August 8, 2014
09:37 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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07:18 EDTBAC, MSRegulators direct banks to steer mortgage aid to hard-hit areas, FT says
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August 7, 2014
08:33 EDTGPTGramercy Property Trust backs Q3, Q4 run rate FFO 9c-11c
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08:31 EDTGPTGramercy Property Trust reports Q2 FFO 5c, consensus (2c)
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08:23 EDTBACL.A. suit against JPMorgan over mortgage lending dismissed, Reuters reports
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August 6, 2014
17:35 EDTBACBank of America near $16B-$17B settlement with DoJ over mortgages, WSJ says
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15:59 EDTBACBank of America near $16B-$17B settlement with DOJ over mortgages, DJ says
12:12 EDTBACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:15 EDTBACBank of America increases quarterly dividend to 5c per share
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08:20 EDTBAC, MSFed, FDIC tell big banks to revise 'living will' plans
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07:58 EDTBACBank of America July volatility flat on tight three-month price range
Bank of America August call option implied volatility is at 24, September is at 26 and January is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional near term price movement.
06:27 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says continuing to respond to subpoenas, requests for information
Morgan Stanley said in a filing that it is continuing to respond to subpoenas and requests for information from certain federal and state regulatory and governmental entities, including among others various members of the RMBS Working Group of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, concerning the origination, financing, purchase, securitization and servicing of subprime and non-subprime residential mortgages and related matters such as residential mortgages backed securities, collateralized debt obligations, structured investment vehicles and credit default swaps backed by or referencing mortgage pass through certificates. These matters include, but are not limited to, investigations related to the company’s due diligence on loans that it purchased for securitization, the company’s communications with ratings agencies, the company’s disclosures to investors, and the Company’s handling of servicing and foreclosure related issues. On May 8, the California Attorney General’s Office, which is one of the members of the RMBS Working Group, indicated that it has made certain preliminary conclusions that the Company made knowing and material misrepresentations regarding RMBS and that it knowingly caused material misrepresentations to be made regarding the Cheyne SIV, which issued securities marketed to the California Public Employees Retirement System. The CAAG has further indicated that it believes the company’s conduct violated California law and that it may seek treble damages, penalties and injunctive relief. The company does not agree with these conclusions and has presented defenses to them to the CAAG. On July 23, the U.S. SEC approved the company’s Offer of Settlement to resolve the SEC’s investigation of certain subprime RMBS transactions sponsored and underwritten by the company in 2007. Pursuant to the settlement, the company was charged with violating Sections 17(a)(2) and 17(a)(3) of the Securities Act, agreed to pay disgorgement and penalties in an amount of $275M and neither admitted nor denied the SEC’s findings.
06:25 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says added $53M to legal costs in Q2, cutting EPS by 2c
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06:23 EDTMS, BACSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a seminar
Compliance & Legal Society Regional Seminar to be held in San Francisco on August 6.
06:19 EDTMSCFA Society of Minnesota to hold a conference
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