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August 1, 2014
06:51 EDTILIAF, BNPQY, TMUS, HSBCBNP, HSBC chosen to finance Iliad bid for T-Mobile stake, Reuters says
HSBC (HSBC) and BNP Paribas (BNPQY) have been selected by Iliad (ILIAF) to finance its $15B offer for a 56.6% stake in T-Mobile (TMUS) U.S., according to Reuters, citing one person familiar with the situation. Reference Link
News For HSBC;BNPQY;ILIAF;TMUS From The Last 14 Days
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February 12, 2016
14:11 EDTHSBCCiti, HSBC being targeted for Libor manipulation by regulators, WSJ says
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CTFC, and the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority are targeting firms including Citigroup (C) and HSBC Holdings (HSBC) for alleged manipulation of Libor interest rates, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing people close to the investigation. JPMorgan (JPM), is still being investigated by the CFTC, but this may not lead to enforcement action, the sourced added, while the U.K. regulator dropped its rate-rigging probe into J.P. Morgan last year. Reference Link
12:06 EDTTMUSHSBC says sell Sprint with competitive pressure mounting
Sprint (S) shares rallied in morning trading after an HSBC analyst recommended investors sell the stock due to mounting competitive pressure. Separately, the company announced yesterday that it was extending its 50% offer to customers switching from its rivals a day after majority shareholder SoftBank (SFTBF) made positive comments about the wireless carrier's turnaround, according to Bloomberg. HSBC DOWNGRADE: HSBC analyst Sunil Rajgopal this morning downgraded Sprint to Reduce from Hold and cut his price target for the stock to $1.60 from $5, saying that the carrier's competitors may challenge its turnaround efforts. Rajgopal said that pricing and packaging changes at rivals AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS) over the past two months have forced Sprint to respond with a more aggressive offering, otherwise it may have to be content with its churn rates inching up. The analyst also lowered his long-term revenue and EBITDA forecasts for Sprint, cutting long-term EBITDA margin estimates to 31.8% from 35.4% and changing his 2016-2025 revenue CAGR to down 1.1% from up 40%. The analyst added that the company needs to show a significant improvement in its profitability or consider monetizing some of its unused or excess spectrum in order to address leverage concerns. Notably, Rajgopal also downgraded Sprint on November 6 to Hold from Buy and cut his price target to $5 from $6.20. Rajgopal said at the time that the company's second quarter results were mixed with a turnaround in postpaid net addition but a rise in prepaid churn. The analyst said that he was concerned that Sprint would continue to be highly leveraged in the medium-term and that increasing competition would lead to an increase in marketing efforts. RECENT NEWS: Yesterday, Sprint announced that it was extending its 50% offer to customers from AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile who wished to switch to its network, adding that it will pay switching fees up to $650 per line for customers switching from competitors. Marcelo Claure, the company's chief executive officer, recently said that customer demand for the 50% offer was "strong." Separately, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that Masayoshi Son, the chairman of Sprint stakeholder SoftBank, told reporters in Tokyo that the wireless carrier is "showing definitive signs of a turnaround" and that there are "more opportunities for cost cutting at Sprint." PRICE ACTION: Near midday, Sprint rallied 7.25% to $2.73. OTHERS TO WATCH: Verizon gained 1.48%, T-Mobile was up 2.23% and AT&T was up 0.55%higher in midday trading.
08:44 EDTTMUSHSBC cuts Sprint to sell, says competitors may make turnaround difficult
As previously reported, HSBC analyst Sunil Rajgopal downgraded Sprint (S) to Reduce, the firm's equivalent of a sell rating, from Hold, saying he has turned more cautious regarding its turnaround efforts in light of moves by AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS). The analyst, who said Sprint's high-leverage is a key concern in addition to its operational challenges, lowered his long-term revenue and EBITDA estimates and cut his price target for the stock to $1.60 from $5.
February 11, 2016
11:17 EDTBNPQYBNP Paribas exits U.S. energy lending business, Reuters reports
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10:21 EDTTMUSSprint says extending 50% offer to customers from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon
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06:20 EDTHSBCHSBC abandons intention for 2016 pay freeze, Reuters reports
HSBC has abandoned plans to freeze pay this year while remaining cautious on its revenue guidance, Reuters reports, citing a memo from CEO Stuart Gulliver seen by Reuters. The memo comes just a few days before the lender's board is scheduled to discuss whether the company will relocate its headquarters to Hong Kong or remain in London, the report says. Pay increases will be funded from a bonus pool which was originally meant for payments to be made in 2017, the report says. Reference Link
February 10, 2016
08:15 EDTHSBCHSBC plans to meet Sunday to go over headquarters decision, Bloomberg says
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06:54 EDTHSBCHSBC sued by families of murdered victims in drug money case, Reuters says
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06:41 EDTHSBCCredit Suisse CEO: Selloff of shares 'not justified,' FT reports
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February 9, 2016
09:55 EDTHSBCHSBC volatility elevated
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06:10 EDTHSBCHSBC volatility elevated as shares trend lower
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February 8, 2016
18:46 EDTHSBCHSBC leaning towards keeping headquarters in London, FT says
HSBC is leaning towards maintaining its headquarters in London rather than moving to Hong Kong, reports the Financial times, citing sources. In private meetings over the past several weeks, CEO Stuart Gulliver has argued against leaving the U.K., saying the environment is much more stable than he had previously feared. Reference Link
10:00 EDTHSBCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: A-Mark Precious Metals (AMRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Antero Midstream (AM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... AstraZeneca (AZN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... Baker Hughes (BHI) downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Brixmor (BRX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Cisco (CSCO) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Citi Trends (CTRN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... DexCom (DXCM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... EnLink Midstream (ENLC) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Baird... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Eversource (ES) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Genesis Healthcare (GEN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Givaudan (GVDNY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... HSBC (HSBC) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Nomura (NMR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Novo Nordisk (NVO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... ONEOK (OKE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... PPL Corp. (PPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Plains All American (PAA) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Baird... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... Quanta Services (PWR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Ralph Lauren (RL) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Sparton (SPA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Tableau (DATA) downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Tallgrass Energy GP (TEGP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... WisdomTree (WETF) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette.
09:17 EDTHSBCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Apollo Education (APOL), up 26.6% after announcing that it will be acquired for $9.50 per share... Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM), up 5% after being added to S&P 400... GoPro (GPRO), up 3.4% after signing a licensing agreement with Microsoft (MSFT). LOWER: BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (BCRX), down 60.9% after reporting OpuS-2 clinical trial results... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), down 55.4% after the FDA placed a partial clinical hold on pacritinib studies... Tableau (DATA), down 5.5% after being downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... HSBC (HSBC), down 3.6% after being downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Chesapeake Energy (CHK), down 21% after Hedgeye analyst Kevin Kaiser said in an interview with Barron's that Chesapeake could go to zero... Twitter (TWTR), down 2.9% after backlash over its new algorithmic timeline.
08:39 EDTHSBCHSBC downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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February 5, 2016
12:15 EDTHSBCHSBC to pay $470M to resolve mortgage serving investigation by US goverment
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a $470M joint state-federal settlement with mortgage lender and servicer HSBC to address mortgage origination, servicing, and foreclosure abuses. The settlement provides direct payments to New York borrowers for past foreclosure abuses, loan modifications, and other relief for borrowers in need of assistance, rigorous mortgage servicing standards, and grants oversight authority to an independent monitor. It is estimated that New York State has nearly 136,000 HSBC loans, nearly 31% of HSBC's total portfolio. The settlement includes New York,48 other states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Reference Link
February 2, 2016
08:04 EDTTMUSForum Global to hold a conference
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February 1, 2016
09:15 EDTHSBCHSBC sale of Brazil unit to get closer antitrust examination, Bloomberg reports
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08:40 EDTHSBCHSBC imposing global hiring, pay freeze, Reuters reports
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January 31, 2016
15:43 EDTHSBCHSBC to impose hiring, salary freeze in 2016, Bloomberg says
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