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March 17, 2014
10:08 EDTHTZ, BAC, BCSHertz rises after FT says company close to unit spin-off
Shares of Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) are higher this morning following a Financial Times report that said the company is close to a spin-off of its construction equipment rental business. Hertz operates in two segments: Rental and leasing of cars and trucks and equipment rental. WHAT'S NEW: The Financial Times reported on Friday evening that Hertz is getting ready to spin-off the construction equipment rental business in a deal that could value the unit at about $4.5B. The company has been exploring a spin-off to shareholders or a reverse Morris trust, which combines a spin-off with a merger, and was under pressure last year by activist investors like Carl Icahn and Corvex. The company has also been rumored to have been talking with potential merger targets. In December, Hertz announced a one-year shareholder rights plan following evaluation and consultation with its outside advisers. The company hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC) and Barclays (BCS) in January for advice on defending itself against an investor attack and improving investor returns. Details of the potential spin-off could be announced next week, the report said, citing sources familiar with the matter. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The construction equipment rental business, or HERC, accounted for $1.1B of Hertz's revenue in the first nine months of 2013, the FT noted. PRICE ACTION: Hertz shares are up $1.47, or 5.65%, to $27.45 in mid-morning trading.
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July 16, 2014
08:36 EDTBACBofA says underlying trading business performed well despite lower volumes
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07:17 EDTBACBofA/Merrill to hold a roundtable
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07:13 EDTBACBank of America CEO says economy strengthening, customers doing more business
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07:11 EDTBACBank of America reports $21.16 book value per share at June 30
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07:08 EDTBACBofA reports Q2 provision for credit losses $411M, net charge-offs $1.1B
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07:05 EDTBACBofA sees Basel 3 common equity tier 1 ratio up to 9.5%
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07:04 EDTBACAIG to receive $650M in cash in Bank of America settlement
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07:02 EDTBACBank of America reports Q2 EPS ex-items 41c, consensus 29c
Reports Q2 revenue $21.75B, consensus $21.61B. Results include litigation expense of $4.0B pretax or approximately 22c per share after tax.
07:02 EDTBACAIG announces settlement with BofA on residential mortgage related disputes
American International Group (AIG) announced that it has reached a global resolution of its residential mortgage related disputes with Bank of America (BAC). The resolution includes its claims pending in New York and California federal courts related to the creation, offering, and sale of RMBS from which AIG and its subsidiaries suffered losses either directly on their own account or in connection with their participation in AIG’s securities lending program. The resolution also covers AIG’s objections to the $8.5 billion settlement of Countrywide’s mortgage repurchase obligations to various investors, as well as disputes concerning the issuance of mortgage guaranty insurance by AIG’s United Guaranty subsidiaries to Bank of America and Countrywide. Under the terms of the settlement, AIG will receive $650M in cash plus its pro rata share of whatever amount is ultimately paid out to investors in connection with the Countrywide repurchase settlement. In addition, the parties have agreed, subject to the approval of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and certain other mortgage holders, to resolve the outstanding mortgage guaranty claims disputes in accordance with agreed-to claims processes and payment formulae.
07:01 EDTBACAIG announces settlement with BofA on residential mortgage related disputes
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July 15, 2014
15:29 EDTBACBank of America July 15.5 straddle priced for 3.1% move into Q2
15:19 EDTBACNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:32 EDTBACEarnings Preview: Bank of America to report after peers beat expectations
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12:10 EDTBACBank of America technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:12 EDTBACBank of America reports June default rate 3.24% vs. 3.75% last month
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July 14, 2014
07:13 EDTBCSDark pool investigation ups pressure on Barclays head, Reuters says
Barclays head Antony Jenkins is up one of biggest tests of his leadership when he chooses whether the firm should fight accusations that it deceived and defrauded U.S. clients, reported Reuters. If Jenkins accepts the allegations, he will have to deal with a problem arising from his promise to jettison any business that does not fit into the firm's new unblemished image. Reference Link
July 11, 2014
15:47 EDTBCSBarclays index unit could sell for close to $1B, Reuters reports
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07:30 EDTBCSBarclays to re-purpose cashiers with more customer-focused role, FT says
Barclays plans to have its 6,500 cashiers change their positions away from processing simple transactions and turning more toward giving customers advice, said Financial Times, which noted that the bank will give those employees an automatic 2.8% annual pay raise from October. Reference Link
07:20 EDTBACBig banks seen losing reserve release cushion, Reuters says
Releasing loan-loss reserves has helped U.S. big banks weather a period of weak loan demand and lower fee income, but Q2 results from the banks may see less benefit from the practice as loss rates and reserves near their lower limits, said Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space 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
06:48 EDTBCSBank of England says banks' capital requirement could rise, Reuters reports
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