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November 19, 2012
06:08 EDTGS, NOK, HBC, TOTOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: U.S. companies are cutting back investment plans at the fastest rate since the recession, a sign of more trouble for the economic recovery, the Wall Street Journal reports...HSBC Holdings (HBC) is negotiating with an unnamed potential buyer for its 15.6% stake in Ping An Insurance Co. of China. The stake would be worth $9.17B at current prices, the Wall Street Journal reports.. REUTERS: Goldman Sachs (GS) bought warrants worth $40M in Dubai's Drake & Scull International less than a week after helping arrange a loan facility for the contracting firm, Reuters reports...The French power group EDF is part of a consortium in talks with Total (TOT) to buy its gas network and storage business, TIGF, according to Les Echos, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: The shadow banking industry has grown to about $67T, $6T higher than previously thought, leading global regulators to seek more oversight of financial transactions that fall outside traditional oversight, Bloomberg reports...Shares of Nokia (NOK) increased as much as 5.5%, the most in a month, after the company said it received reports that its new Lumia 920 smartphone had sold out in Germany, Bloomberg reports.
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July 29, 2015
06:47 EDTTOTTotal expects start-ups of Surmont Phase 2, GLNG, Laggan-Tormore to be in 2H15
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06:46 EDTTOTTotal expects to exceed 2015 objective to cut operating costs by $1.2B in 2015
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06:46 EDTTOTTotal reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.34, consensus $1.15
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July 27, 2015
09:53 EDTGSFINRA fines Goldman Sachs Execution & Clearing $1.8M for OATS violations
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06:26 EDTGSSymphony Communication eyes $1B funding round, WSJ reports
Symphony Communication Services, an instant-messaging software company backed by Wall Street firms including Goldman Sachs (GS), is eyeing an investment round that may value it at as much as $1B, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The startup is canvassing a range of possible new investors, including venture-capital funds and additional financial firms, the report says. Symphony also wants funds from its existing backers, including Goldman, Morgan Stanley (MS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), and BlackRock (BLK), the report says. Reference Link
July 26, 2015
19:22 EDTNOKBaidu CEO 'still interested' in Nokia map unit, Re/code says
In a Re/code interview published Friday afternoon, Baidu (BIDU) CEO Robin Li remarked that the company is "still interested" in Nokia's (NOK) HERE mapping unit. When asked about potential partners, Li commented, "I cannot say too much about it because itís not a done deal." Note that earlier media reports have suggested Nokia is or was leaning towards selling HERE to a group of German luxury car makers including Daimler (DDAIF), BMW (BAMXY), and Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi (AUDVF). Reference Link
July 24, 2015
13:48 EDTTOTTotal looks to sell 50% of Texas refinery
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13:29 EDTNOKAlcatel CEO says Nokia deal may close sooner than expected, Re/code reports
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06:08 EDTNOKNokia receives European Commission approval for Alcatel-Lucent acquisition
Nokia (NOK) announced that it has received approval from the European Commission for its pending acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent (ALU). The proposed transaction was notified to the European Commission on June 19, 2015 and was cleared today without conditions following a Phase 1 review. Approval by the European Commission follows previously disclosed antitrust clearances in Brazil and Serbia and the expiration of the antitrust review period in the United States. In addition, the parties confirmed today they have received further antitrust clearances from Albania, Canada, Colombia and Russia. Both companies will continue to cooperate with the remaining authorities to close their reviews as quickly as possible. The transaction remains subject to approval by Nokia shareholders, Nokia holding over 50.00% of the share capital of Alcatel-Lucent on a fully diluted basis upon completion of the public exchange offer, receipt of other regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2016.
July 23, 2015
10:40 EDTGSGoldman Sachs July weekly calls active
Goldman Sachs July 215 and 217.5 weekly calls are active on total call volume of 10K contracts (1K puts). July weekly call option implied volatility is at 18, August and October is at 16; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 28. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for near term price movement.
06:56 EDTGSBarber Foods possible $2B sale delayed due to chicken recall, NY Post says
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06:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs implied volatility of 15 at lower end of index mean range
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July 22, 2015
06:39 EDTTOTEuro, U.S. oil and gas groups to find tough competition in Iran, WSJ says
European and U.S. oil and gas firms drawn to Iran as sanctions lessen can expect not only opportunities, but also Iranian companies offering tough competition or joint ventures, the Wall Street Journal reports. Though no Iran-based companies have the clout of firms such as Exxon Mobil (XOM) or Schlumberger (SLB), companies that can take on engineering tasks are emerging and growing in Iran, the report says. If the Iran nuclear agreement comes into effect and sanctions are lifted against Iran sometime soon, those Iranian companies will be well positioned to compete for tens of billions of dollars worth of service contracts, the report adds. Other publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
July 21, 2015
13:40 EDTNOKNokia to unveil virtual reality project next week, Re/code reports
Nokia plans to unveil its first major virtual reality project next week at a special event in Los Angeles, California, Re/code reports, citing sources familiar with the company's plans. Reference Link
08:35 EDTGSVarian Medical signs agreement to operate first proton facility in New York
Varian Medical Systems (VAR) announced that it has entered into an agreement with New York Proton Management, a consortium of leading New York healthcare institutions including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Health System, Montefiore Health System, and ProHEALTH Medical Management formed to operate The New York Proton Center, the first proton facility in New York State. Varian will provide the center, which will have four treatment rooms and a research room, with its ProBeam system, as well as 10 years of service for approximately $115M. The center, which will be located in Manhattan, is expected to open for treatment in the first half of 2018. Varian expects to book the equipment portion of the order in Q4 with the remainder of the order to be booked in accordance with the company's policies over the term of the agreement. Under an agreement with MM Proton I, LLC, the project developer, Varian's international subsidiary in Switzerland will provide $91.5M in project financing, including a six-and-half-year $73M senior first lien loan at 9% interest and a six-and-half-year $18.5M subordinate loan at up to 13.5% interest. Other lenders for the $242.7M in total project loans include JPMorgan Chase Bank (JPM) and an affiliate of The Goldman Sachs Group (GS). The project facility is managed by Murphy & McManus, a Boston-based developer of healthcare and life science facilities and Norton Travis of NLT Advisors served as project coordinator on behalf of the consortium.
07:13 EDTGSGoldman Sachs applies to own, trade Saudi stocks, Bloomberg reports
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06:42 EDTNOKNokia close to selling HERE to German auto makers, Bloomberg reports
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05:34 EDTTOTTotal starts production from Dalia Phase 1A on deep offshore Block 17
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July 20, 2015
13:03 EDTGSFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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12:16 EDTNOKHERE offering free HD map data for automated vehicle tests
HERE, a Nokia (NOK) company, announced it is making high-definition mapping data of sections of public roads in four countries available to all automotive companies to support their highly automated vehicle initiatives. HERE is offering HD mapping data of specific stretches of open road in Silicon Valley and Michigan in the United States, as well as in France and Germany, to all carmakers and automotive suppliers for test purposes. HERE plans to offer data for Japan too later this year. HERE is currently working with more than 10 "leading automotive companies" on automated driving projects, the company said. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
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