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March 18, 2014
17:43 EDTGPS, URBN, ANF, AEO, GSJ. Crew, Fast Retailing merger talks break down, WSJ says
Merger talks between J. Crew and Fast Retailing, which owns the Uniqlo clothing chain, have broken down, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The report also noted that Goldman Sachs (GS) is in the early stages of preparing to IPO J. Crew, which is currently owns by PE-firm TPG and Leonard Green. Publicly traded companies in the space include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle (AEO), Urban Outfitters (URBN) and Gap (GPS). Reference Link
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March 30, 2015
06:32 EDTGSGoldman's co-chairman of investment banking to retire, Reuters reprots
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March 29, 2015
18:02 EDTGSECB stimulus may boost trading opportunities for investment banks, Reuters says
The European economic stimulus plan may boost trading opportunities for major investment banks whose profits have been curtailed by an increase in financial regulations since the financial crisis, says Reuters. 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
18:01 EDTURBNInvestors should use caution with Urban Outfitters, Barron's says
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March 27, 2015
10:03 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AEGON (AEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Alkermes (ALKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Black Diamond (BDE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Feltl... Diodes (DIOD) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... EMC (EMC) downgraded at Pacific Crest... Epizyme (EPZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... FutureFuel (FF) downgraded Neutral at Roth Capital... GameStop (GME) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... MSC Industrial (MSM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Semtech (SMTC) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Vantiv (VNTV) downgraded at SunTrust... Vivendi (VIVHY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... World Acceptance (WRLD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
09:37 EDTGSGoldman Sachs overtakes JPMorgan in commodities rankings, Reuters says
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05:52 EDTAEO, URBN, ANFAmerican Eagle downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded American Eagle (AEO) to Sell saying it sees 29% downside risk over the next six months. Goldman believes declining mall traffic and "aggressive competition" from low cost stores puts the retailer in a multi-year period of diminishing productivity, margins, and returns. Its six-month price target for American Eagle is $12. Shares of the retailer closed yesterday up 17c to $16.92. Goldman lists Ann Inc. (ANN), Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle as its top sell ideas in the Specialty Apparel space. Its lone Buy rated name in the group is Urban Outfitters (URBN).
March 26, 2015
08:17 EDTGSSEC Chairwoman proposes new 'dark pool' regulation, NY Post says
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White proposed new regulation Wednesday that would require high-frequency traders to register with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and provide the agency with a daily paper trail, reports the New York Post. The Post notes that there is a 60-day comment period before any SEC rule is finalized. 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
March 25, 2015
09:25 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle announces license agreements in Chile, Peru
American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) announced plans to further expand its global retail presence with a series of licensed stores throughout Chile and Peru. The company has signed a multi-year license agreement with Eurofashion Limitada, a Chilean company and division of Cencosud (CNCO). The agreement includes American Eagle Outfitters stores, which will offer the American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie assortments. The first stores are expected to open in Chile in 3Q15 and in Peru in early 2016.
March 24, 2015
10:20 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch sees ongoing expense reduction as way of life going forward
10:16 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch sees 'sigificant' FX headwinds in 2015
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07:45 EDTGSMetLife CEO letter may be early sign of bank earnings headwinds, WSJ says
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07:27 EDTANFTelsey Advisory to hold a conference
2015 Consumer Conference is being held in New York on March 24-25.
March 20, 2015
10:09 EDTGSAllstate enters accelerated share repurchase agreement with Goldman Sachs
Allstate (ALL) said in a filing that on March 19, the Registrant entered into an accelerated share repurchase agreement with Goldman, Sachs & Co. (GS), to purchase $500M of its outstanding common stock. The majority of the shares to be repurchased under this agreement will be received by the Registrant at the agreementís inception. It is expected that Goldman will purchase the shares that it delivers under the agreement in the market within a timeframe not to exceed three months. The final purchase price per share and number of shares to be delivered by Goldman will be determined at the conclusion of the agreement and settlement will consist of the Registrant receiving shares based on the average of the daily volume weighted average prices of the Registrantís common stock during the period of Goldman purchases. If the Registrant is required to pay a settlement amount, the Registrant may elect to settle in cash or shares of its common stock. The agreement is part of the Registrantís repurchase program totaling $3B that was announced on February 4, 2015. All of the shares acquired by the Registrant under the agreement will be placed into its treasury.
March 19, 2015
11:53 EDTGSU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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06:42 EDTGSAllianz hedges stake in China Pacific Insurance, Reuters says
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06:06 EDTGSSunrun powers up for IPO later this year, WSJ reports
Sunrun, a solar-energy company, is said to be working with Credit Suisse (CS) and Goldman Sachs (GS) on a potential IPO for later this year, sources tell The Wall Street Journal, which adds that the company was valued at $1.3B as of March 2014. Other solar companies that have gone public in recent years include residential solar installers like Vivint Solar (VSLR), backed by Blackstone (BX), and SolarCity (SCTY), backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
07:27 EDTGSFreeport seeks funding from Blackstone, Apollo, Reuters says
Freeport McMoRan (FCX) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Barclays (BCS) to find private equity firms willing to finance certain of its energy projects and asset developments, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Freeport is in talks with Blackstone (BX), Apollo (APO), and Warburg Pincus about a potential partnership. The sources say the firm may be seeking "several billion dollars," though discussions are in "very early" stages. Reference Link
06:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs prices 6M shares of specialty lending arm, WSJ reports
According to a source, late yesterday, Goldman Sachs priced 6M shares of Goldman Sachs BDC, its specialty lending arm, at $20 per share with the shares set to begin trading today, The Wall Street Journal reports. Shares of Goldman Sachs BDC will trade under the ticker symbol "GSBD." Reference Link
March 17, 2015
07:53 EDTAEOMatson American Eagle Jack Henry named triple play at Oppenheimer
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March 16, 2015
10:14 EDTURBNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: EXPR ULTA SGMS QIHU BKS PAY URBN AGN AGNC
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