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July 30, 2014
15:17 EDTBACBank of America raises offer to DOJ, nears mortgage settlement, Bloomberg says
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13:53 EDTBACBank of America, U.S. near mortgage deal after bank raises offer, Bloomberg says
13:44 EDTBACBank of America division ordered to pay $1.3B over mortgages, Bloomberg reports
Bank of America's (BAC) Countrywide division has been ordered to pay $1.3B in penalties for defective mortgage loans it sold to Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) during the 2008 financial crisis, Bloomberg reported. The fine is just over half the amount the government had requested, Bloomberg added. Reference Link
13:26 EDTBACBofA Countrywide unit ordered by judge to pay $1.3B, Bloomberg reports
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11:01 EDTMSMorgan Stanley names Reza Moghadam as Vice Chairman, Global Capital Markets
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09:38 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN TWTR NFLX GILD C MA FB RFMD AMGN GNW TSLA
July 29, 2014
11:12 EDTJPMJPMorgan reducing tech support headcount, Bloomberg says
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09:57 EDTJPMJPMorgan cutting hundreds of tech support employees, Bloomberg reports
09:38 EDTGSGoldman may expand metal warehousing into China, Reuters says
Seeing a potential opportunity after a Chinese trading firm allegedly fraudulently used a single cargo of metal as collateral for multiple loans, Goldman Sachs' metals warehousing unit is exploring its first entry into China's market, reported Reuters, citing sources. Reference Link
06:49 EDTMSMorgan Stanley to increase salaries of some bankers by up to 25%, NY Times says
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06:47 EDTCCiti looks to hire 100 Asia unit bankers to rival HSBC, Reuters says
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06:06 EDTBACBank of America, DOJ talks hit snag, WSJ reports
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July 28, 2014
07:01 EDTJPMSankaty to acquire JPMorgan Global Special Opportunities Group portfolio
Sankaty Advisors, LLC, the independently managed credit affiliate of Bain Capital, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire a portfolio of loans and other securities from J.P. Morganís Global Special Opportunities Group. The portfolio contains mezzanine loans in North America and Europe, as well as loans and related special situations investments in Australia and across Asia, with an aggregate value of approximately $1.3B. This acquisition follows Sankaty Advisors' other recent purchases of loan portfolios from Irish Bank Resolution Capital, Lloyds Banking Group and CapitalSource. The transaction, which is expected to close by the end of 2014, is subject to borrower and regulatory approvals. Kirkland & Ellis, LLP served as legal counsel to Sankaty Advisors. J.P. Morgan advised on the sale and Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP served as legal counsel to JPMorgan Chase. This transaction is not expected to have a material impact on JPMorgan Chaseís earnings.
06:36 EDTJPMJPMorgan to sell debt portfolio to Sankaty for $1B, FT reports
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06:35 EDTJPMJPMorgan questoined by regulators for conclicts of interest, WSJ says
JPMorgan has been recently questioned by regulators about whether the firm steers private-banking clients to its own investment products, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to people familiar with the matter, the questions have prompted JPMorgan to change its disclosures to private-banking clients about the differences between its own products and outside offerings. Reference Link
06:25 EDTJPMJPMorgan implied volatility of 14 at lower end of index mean range
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July 27, 2014
16:14 EDTGSGoldman close to settling FHFA suit on faulty mortgage claims, Bloomberg says
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July 25, 2014
11:20 EDTMSPhilips selects Morgan Stanley for lighting unit stake sale, Reuters says
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11:03 EDTCCitigroup unit LavaFlow to pay $5M in settlement with SEC
The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a Citigroup business unit operating an alternative trading system with failing to protect the confidential trading data of its subscribers. New York-based LavaFlow Inc. has agreed to pay $5M to settle the SECís charges, including a $2.85M penalty that is the agencyís largest to date against an ATS. According to the SECís order instituting a settled administrative proceeding, LavaFlow allowed an affiliate operating a technology application known as a smart order router to access and use confidential information related to the non-displayed orders of LavaFlowís ECNís subscribers. While LavaFlow only allowed the affiliate to use the confidential trading data for order router customers who also were ECN subscribers, the firm did not obtain consent from its subscribers to use their confidential information in this way, nor did LavaFlow disclose the use in its regulatory filings with the SEC. In addition to the Regulation ATS violations, the SECís order finds that LavaFlow aided and abetted a violation by the same affiliate that operated the smart order router, Lava Trading Inc., which continued to provide broker-dealer services for several months after it deregistered in August 2008.
09:37 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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July 24, 2014
16:38 EDTGSJames Schiro retires from the board of Goldman Sachs due to health reasons
The board of The Goldman Sachs Group announced that James Schiro, lead director and chair of the boardís corporate governance, nominating and public responsibilities committee, has retired from the board in order to undergo treatment after a diagnosis of multiple myeloma.
16:00 EDTCiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 28.08
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11:12 EDTBACBank of America to pay $16.6M to resolve U.S. sanctions violations, Reuters says
The Treasury Department said Bank of America has agreed to say $16.6M to resolve allegations it processed transactions for drug traffickers subject to U.S. sanctions, reports Reuters. The bank processed around $91,000 in transactions for six designated narcotics traffickers between 2005 and 2009, and failed to file timely reports on accounts owned by four others. Reference Link
11:08 EDTMSMorgan Stanley to pay $275M in RMBS settlement with SEC
The SEC said it charged three Morgan Stanley entities with "misleading investors in a pair of residential mortgage-backed securities securitizations that the firms underwrote, sponsored, and issued." Morgan Stanley agreed to settle the charges by paying $275M to be returned to harmed investors, the agency said. Reference Link
07:00 EDTJPMJudge dismisses JPMorgan case regarding Madoff scheme, Reuters says
U.S. Federal Judge Paul Crotty made a ruling that dismissed a shareholder's case which claimed JPMorgan board members knew about Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme and didn't acknowledge red flags motioning towards fraud, according to Reuters, citing the lawsuit. Reference Link
06:03 EDTMSMorgan Stanley implied volatility of 18 at lower end of index mean range
July 23, 2014
16:02 EDTCSallie Mae names Jeffrey Dale as companyís first Chief Risk Officer
Sallie Mae (SLM) appointed Jeffrey Dale as the companyís first Chief Risk Officer. Mr. Dale will work with senior executives and other company stakeholders to build out the enterprise risk management function and framework for the company and its Sallie Mae Bank subsidiary. Mr. Dale arrives from Citigroup (C) where he most recently served as the North American Group Risk Director responsible for consumer credit in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; July 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 23c to 28.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB C GILD MSFT PBR NFLX AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data
July 22, 2014
19:34 EDTJPMJPMorgan in advanced talks to sell half its stake in buyout arm, WSJ says
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09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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07:30 EDTJPMJPMorgan creating new multi-class electronic-trading group, WSJ says
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07:17 EDTBACNational Association for Business Economics to hold a seminar
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06:34 EDTGSGoldman, others close to $2B Huarong agreement, Reuters says
Goldman Sachs and other private equity firms such as Warburg Pincus, Khazanah Nasional, CITIC Group, China International Capital, Fosun Group and COFCO are nearing an agreement to purchase up to a 20% stake in China Huarong Asset Management for approximately $2B, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
July 21, 2014
16:40 EDTMSFifth Third Bancorp in share repurchase pact with Morgan Stanley
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10:02 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:02 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTJPM, CActive equity options trading on open
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08:41 EDTJPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
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08:36 EDTWFCWells Fargo downgraded to Hold from Buy at Rafferty Capital
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07:50 EDTJPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
07:29 EDTMS, JPM, BACAIG settlement with BofA takes crisis claw back total up to $2B, FT says
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07:23 EDTCCiti unit, Mexican regulator at odds over fraud probes, Reuters says
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07:12 EDTJPMCFA Institute to hold a seminar
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06:47 EDTGSGoldman signs preliminary agreement with Socar unit, Reuters says
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTJPM, BAC, C, GSMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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13:02 EDTGS, JPMGoldman, JPMorgan ready with $25B bridge loan for Time Warner takeover by Fox
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12:01 EDTCCitigroup says DOJ settlement includes est. of cost of consumer relief
Says $3.8B charge for DOJ settlement included estimates of cost of consumer relief.
11:30 EDTCCitigroup sees issuing 'somewhat more' securitizations during rest of year
Says liquidity position remains strong. Sees FY NCL rate in Asia, Latin America roughly in line with 1H. Says expects to repurchase or redeem $10B of debt this year. Expects to issue preferred stock between now and when Basel III rules are implemented at a measured pace. Sees 2014 preferred stock issuance volume below 2013 levels. Says capital position remains among the strongest in the industry. Says will issue "somewhat more" securitizations during the rest of the year, says credit cards to be primary source of additional securitizations. Comments made on the company's Q2 Fixed Income Investor Review.
10:42 EDTMSMorgan Stanley expands commodities trading, financing units, Reuters says
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10:32 EDTCCitigroup says making continued progress in resolving legacy issues
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08:18 EDTMSMorgan Stanley results encouraging, says JMP Securities
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06:45 EDTBACDocument reveals SEC examining firms in HFT probe, Reuters says
An internal document from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that the regulator has been looking for data on 10 registered broker dealers as part of an ongoing probe into high-frequency trading strategies, according to Reuters, citing the document. The firms in question include Allston Trading, Hudson River Trading, Jump Trading, Latour Trading, which is an affiliate of Tower Trading, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, owned by Bank of America (BAC), Octeg, which has been merged into a unit of KCG (KCG), Tradebot Systems, Two Sigma Investments, Two Sigma Securities and Virtu Financial. Reference Link
06:21 EDTGSCTW Investment asks SEC to probe Walgreen's meetings, NY Post says
CTW Investment Group has asked the SEC to investigate private meetings that top Walgreen (WAG) executives held with investors to reincorporate overseas for tax reasons, reports the New york Post. The pension advisor is raising questions about whether Walgreen's meetings with Goldman Sachs (GS), Jana Partners, Och-Ziff and Corvex broke fair disclosure rules. Reference Link
July 17, 2014
16:22 EDTJPMJPMorgan awards CEO Dimon 2M crisis-era stock options
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11:00 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says financial advisors growing mortgages despite weak demand
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10:48 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says not likely industry ROE stays below 10%
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10:27 EDTMSMorgan Stanley sees M&A remaining "vibrant"
Says that although June was stronger than first two months of quarter, too early to determine conditions for balance of year. Says M&A volumes remain strong, financing markets remain "receptive," seeing an increase in activity in Europe.
10:20 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says continuing to work toward close fo Rosneft deal
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10:06 EDTMSMorgan Stanley rises after earnings, heading for resistance
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09:15 EDTMSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Dresser-Rand (DRC), up 15.5% after Manager Magazin says Siemens (SIEGY) preparing bid for the company. Other oil equipment companies with a market cap similar to Dresser-Rand's include Dril-Quip (DRQ) and Oil States (OIS)... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.4% after announcing restructuring, including plans to cut up to 18K jobs. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Morgan Stanley (MS) up 1.5%... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), up 3%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Mattel (MAT), down 7.3%... Sandisk (SNDK), down 7%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2.5%. LOWER: Orbitz (OWW), down 3% after results, 34M share spot secondary offering of stock priced at $8.25... Benefitfocus (BNFT), down 1% after 2.5M share Secondary priced at $38.50.
08:47 EDTGSAdvanced Emissions provides operations update
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07:21 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says #2 in announced M&A, #3 in IPOs
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07:19 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says results included net discrete tax benefit of 31c per share
07:19 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q2 EPS 60c ex-DVA, tax benefit, consensus 55c
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07:18 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q2 Institutional Securities revenue $4.2B
Institutional Securities net revenues for the current quarter were $4.2B compared with $4.4B a year ago. DVA resulted in positive revenue of $87M in the current quarter compared with $175M a year ago. Excluding DVA, net revenues for the current quarter of $4.2B were relatively unchanged from a year ago. Wealth Management net revenues for the current quarter were $3.7B compared with $3.5B a year ago. Investment Management net revenues of $692M increased from $673M in the prior year. Results reflect higher gains on investments in Merchant Banking and higher results in Traditional Asset Management, partly offset by lower revenues in the Real Estate Investing business driven by the deconsolidation of certain legal entities associated with a real estate fund sponsored by the Firm.
07:18 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio approx. 15.2% at June 30
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07:17 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q2 EPS 94c, consensus 55c
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07:14 EDTWFCWells Fargo CEO John Stumpf says economy stronger than people think
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06:38 EDTMS, BACStudy says UBS largest private bank with assets near $2T, Reuters says
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06:00 EDTGSGoldman Sachs implied volatility of 15 at lower end of index mean range
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