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February 5, 2014
10:29 EDTGS, DB, CS, LYG, RBSNY regulator probes banks over currency trading, Bloomberg says
New York financial regulator Benjamin Lawsky has asked more than a dozen banks for documents related to their currency trading practices, Bloomberg reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. Among the banks are Goldman Sachs (GS), Deutsche Bank (DB), Credit Suisse (CS), Lloyds Banking (LYG) and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Bloomberg added.
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April 9, 2014
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.
April 8, 2014
18:56 EDTGSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
NOTABLE: General Motors (GM) was fined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for failing to respond to the agency's inquiry into the company's recall of faulty ignition switches in a timely manner... According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Goldman Sachs (GS) executives have broached the subject of closing its dark pool trading operation, Sigma X. HIGHER: Constant Contact (CTCT), up 13% after giving a preliminary first quarter revenue outlook that beat estimates and raising its fiscal 2014 revenue guidance... Alcoa (AA), up 2.5% after reporting adjusted profit that beat estimates on revenue that missed expectations. LOWER: Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down 9.5% after giving a first quarter revenue outlook that widely missed expectations and saying it will take a $67M charge in the quarter related to legal settlements.
18:29 EDTGSGoldman Sachs considers shutting down dark pool Sigma X, WSJ reports
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08:04 EDTDBDeutsche up against big capital hit under stricter EU rules, Reuters says
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06:46 EDTGSGoldman expects Orban risk as Hungary bonds suffer, Bloomberg says
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06:26 EDTCS, DBYodle planning IPO for 2014, WSJ reports
Online advertising company Yodle is planning an IPO for the second half of the year, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sources say the startup has selected Credit Suisse (CS) and Deutsche Bank (DB) for the offering, which could raise about $100M. Reference Link
April 7, 2014
19:57 EDTGSFederal Reserve announces extension on some CLOs
The Federal Reserve Board announced that it intends to exercise its authority to give banking entities two additional one-year extensions to conform their ownership interests in and sponsorship of certain collateralized loan obligations, or CLOs, covered by section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commonly referred to as the Volcker rule. Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act directed the board to adopt rules for the conformance period and the board previously extended the conformance period for all activities and investments by one year to July 21, 2015. To ensure effective compliance, the board intends to grant banking entities two additional one-year extensions, which together would extend until July 21, 2017, to conform their ownership interests in and sponsorship of CLOs to the statute. Publicly traded companies that may be impacted by the announcement include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
07:27 EDTDBDeutsche chairman supports co-leaders Fitschen, Jain, Reuters says
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06:58 EDTCSDark markets could cause more harm than high-frequency trading, Reuters says
After a book by financial author Michael Lewis sparked worries that high-speed traders have been rigging the U.S. stock market, former regulators and academics say a more serious threat to investors could be the increasing amount of trading that happens outside of exchanges, reported Reuters. Top internalizers include units of KCG Holdings (KCG), Citadel, UBS (UBS), and Citigroup (C). Dark pool operators include Credit Suisse (CS) and Morgan Stanley (MS). In an attempt to earn back some of the retail orders, exchanges such as IntercontinentalExchange Group's (ICE) New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq (NDAQ), and BATS Global Markets, have allowed brokerages to place dark pool-style orders on their platforms, with the trade hidden until after it is executed. Reference Link
06:28 EDTCSNew York launches probe of Credit Suisse, NY Times says
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06:28 EDTGSGoldman sees opportunity to slice China junk debt after gains, Bloomberg says
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April 4, 2014
12:16 EDTGSGoldman CEO Blankfein awarded raise for 2013, WSJ says
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07:27 EDTGSMorgan Stanley pushes back at HFT accusations, FT says
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06:26 EDTRBS, CSRoyal Bank of Scotland names Ewen Stevenson as CFO
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April 3, 2014
10:00 EDTDBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
BB&T (BBT) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Broadcom (BRCM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... CF Industries (CF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... CSX (CSX) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Barclays... Cheniere Energy (LNG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Citigroup (C) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Deutsche Bank (DB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... G&K Services (GK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Marcus (MCS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... National Retail Properties (NNN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Orion Energy (OESX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Ascendiant... VIVUS (VVUS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Liquidity Services (LQDT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Shaw Communications (SJR) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... USG (USG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Level 3 (LVLT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... U.S. Bancorp (USB) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Extra Space Storage (EXR) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... First Republic Bank (FRC) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... TELUS (TU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.
07:30 EDTDBMoody's left off bond deal as risk appetites grow, WSJ says
Moody's (MCO), known for adopting more-cautious stances than its rivals, was conspicuously absent from rating more than $1B in commercial-mortgage bonds that recently sold at similar yields as other recent sales, reported The Wall Street Journal. McGraw Hill Financial 's (MHFI) Standard & Poor's, Fitch and Kroll Bond Rating were called on to rate the "conduit" commercial-mortgage-backed deal organized by Deutsche Bank (DB) and Cantor Fitzgerald, the report noted. Reference Link
07:28 EDTGSSinopec said to select Goldman for $30B unit sale, Bloomberg says
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06:39 EDTRBSRBS to close 44 branches, Reuters says
Royal Bank of Scotland is planning to close 44 branches, of which 14 are classed as "Last Banks in Town", throughout the U.K. and Scotland, according to Reuters, citing comments from a company spokesperson. Reference Link
05:47 EDTCSCredit Suisse announces charge of CHF 468M for litigation provision
Credit Suisse said its preliminary results for 2013 were updated to reflect an additional after-tax charge of CHF 468M, primarily due to an increase in the litigation provision relating to the ongoing United States Department of Justice investigation into the U.S. tax-related matter. As a result, Credit Suisse reported a net loss of CHF 476M for Q4. For the full year 2013, reported core results pre-tax income was CHF 3.5B, compared to CHF 1.89B in 2012, and reported 2013 net income attributable to shareholders was CHF 2.3B, compared to CHF 1.35B in 2012. Credit Suisse’s Look-through Total Capital ratio was 15.7%, Look-through Basel III CET1 ratio was 10.0%, and Basel III CET1 ratio was 15.7% as of the end of 2013.
05:38 EDTDBDeutsche Bank downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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