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February 3, 2014
06:32 EDTSCGLY, GS, OZM, JPM, BX, CSDOJ investigates banks, Libyan ties, WSJ reports
The Justice Department is now involved in a growing probe of banks, private-equity firms and hedge funds that may have violated anti-bribery laws in their dealings with Libya's government-run investment fund, sources say, reports the Wall Street Journal. Federal investigators, including the SEC, are looking at Goldman Sachs (GS), Credit Suisse (CS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Societe Generale (SCGLY), Blackstone Group (BX) and Och-Ziff Capital Management (OZM), sources say. Reference Link
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April 10, 2014
13:08 EDTJPMJP Morgan April weekly 58 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
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11:23 EDTBXOptions with increasing implied volatility: CYTK BX
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09:16 EDTBXRentech announces $150M investment from Blackstone's GSO Capital
Rentech (RTK) announced that GSO Capital Partners LP, the credit investment arm of Blackstone (BX), will invest $150M in Rentech in the form of $100M of convertible preferred stock and a $50M term loan. The transactions closed on April 9. In connection with this investment, Blackstone/GSO appointed two members to Rentech’s Board of Directors: Douglas Ostrover, a senior managing director of Blackstone and co-founder of GSO Capital Partners, and Patrick Moore, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, a paper-based packaging company with significant wood fibre operations. Rentech also announced a settlement with Concerned Rentech Shareholders, whereby CRS will approve an additional member to join Rentech’s Board of Directors and the board’s newly formed Finance Committee. Proceeds from Blackstone/GSO’s investment will fund identified growth opportunities in Rentech’s wood fibre processing business. Rentech also announced changes to its Board of Directors today: Douglas Ostrover, senior managing director of Blackstone and co-founder of GSO Capital Partners, has joined the board. Mr. Ostrover brings shareholder representation and significant finance experience. He has personally overseen GSO’s deployment of $65 billion of capital. Mr. Ostrover will be the chairman of the board’s Finance Committee. Blackstone/GSO appointed Patrick J. Moore, former chairman and chief executive officer of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, to the board.
09:06 EDTBXBlackstone reaches a financial closing for Ventika
Fisterra Energy, a company majority owned by funds managed by Blackstone (BX), and Blackstone Energy Partners, announced it has reached a financial closing for Ventika. Ventika will be located in the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon and is comprised of two 126 megawatt wind farms with total capacity of 252MW. Once completed the project will alleviate significant demands on Mexico’s existing power infrastructure, helping Mexico reduce pollution and CO2 emissions, and meet its target of achieving 35% renewable generation by 2025. The $650M project is being jointly developed by CEMEX (CX) and Fisterra Energy. This investment funds the installation of 84 Acciona AW-3000 wind turbine generators, each with a hub height of 120 meters and a nominal output of 3MW per turbine. Construction of the project, which is scheduled to be completed in FY16, is expected to generate approximately 1K jobs and more than 2K additional jobs in related industries.
08:37 EDTJPMDimon admits JPMorgan had 'tin ear' when listening to regulators, Reuters says
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said the company had a “tin ear” when dealing with regulators before settling investigations into mortgage lapses and trading losses, according to Reuters, citing comments from Dimon in a letter to the bank's investors. Dimon said, "Our response generally was, ‘We know what we’re doing.' Well, we should have done more self-examination. We need to be better listeners.” Reference Link
08:15 EDTGSGoldman COO says company committed to Brazil operations, Reuters says
Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn asserted that the company is committed to retaining its investment-banking operations in Brazil as part of its world-wide footprint, according to Reuters, citing comments from Cohn. Reference Link
07:55 EDTGSGoldman joined by RBC in suing clients after Singapore crash, Bloomberg says
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07:49 EDTBXApollo, EQT, Blackstone mull offers for Gas Natural unit, Bloomberg says
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07:43 EDTJPMJPMorgan (JPM) CEO says 2013 was a year of 'pain,' WSJ reports
J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon acknowledged in his annual shareholder letter that legal issues and new regulations faced by the bank made 2013 "the most painful, difficult and nerve-wracking experience" he has ever dealt with professionally, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:41 EDTJPMGo Daddy hires Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan for IPO, NY Times says
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06:35 EDTGS, JPMMobile banking presents opportunity and risks for banks, WSJ reports
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April 9, 2014
10:06 EDTCSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:51 EDTJPMJP Morgan April volatility up into Q1 and outlook
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07:50 EDTJPMCEO Dimon says U.S. banking system 'sound,' Europe lagging, Reuters says
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07:18 EDTJPMLevy Economics Institute to hold a conference
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06:51 EDTGSGoldman, Warburg move forward in China Huarong sale, Reuters says
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06:35 EDTGS, JPMRegulators increase leverage ratio requirement for large banks, NY Times says
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06:27 EDTJPM, GSBig banks must add capital to comply with new rules, WSJ reports
A of January 1, 2018, the U.S.'s eight largest banks -- including Citigroup (C), JPMorgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS) -- must add up to $68B in extra capital to comply with a new rule intended to help firms weather losses during periods of market stress, the Wall Street Journal. The banks will be required to maintain well above the minimum levels of capital held against assets on their books. Banks must report the new levels next year. Reference Link
05:48 EDTBXStocks with implied volatility movement; DLLR BX
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05:38 EDTCSCredit Suisse downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded Credit Suisse to Underweight citing concerns over the bank's investment bank strategy.
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