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March 17, 2014
10:08 EDTBCS, BAC, HTZHertz 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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June 25, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; June 25, 2015
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15:04 EDTBACNeuberger Berman buys management of PE fund of funds from BofA
Neuberger Berman announced that it has entered into an agreement with Merrill Lynch Alternative Investments, the alternative investment business of Bank of America whereby Neuberger Berman will acquire the management rights to certain Merrill Lynch traditional non-registered and 40-Act-registered private equity fund of funds. Merrill Lynch selected Neuberger Berman following an extensive due diligence process focused on private equity investment expertise, 40-Act capabilities and dedication to client service. Key private equity professionals from Merrill Lynch will be joining Neuberger Berman concurrent with the transaction. Terms of the deal are undisclosed. The transaction is expected to close in August.
11:35 EDTHTZAvis, Hertz slide after Credit Suisse notes pricing challenges
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09:34 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB NFLX AMZN BAC CVX TWTR INTC GILD BBBY
07:13 EDTBACFed director says full transparency in stress testing can be 'enormous weakness'
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05:50 EDTHTZStocks with implied volatility movement; HTZ XLF
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June 24, 2015
16:00 EDTBACActionable Options for Wednesday, June, 24
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 30c to 17.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX BAC VALE MU BABA WMB T F EBAY FCX TWTR BBRY
06:40 EDTBCSCalif. utility sues Barclays over electricity price manipulation, Reuters says
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06:37 EDTBACDeutsche downgrades Citi, Goldman after share rallies
Deutsche Bank analyst Matt O'Connor recommends using the strong share performance of both Citi (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as on opportunity to take profits. The analyst this morning downgraded shares of both investment banks to Hold from Buy. Citi is up 21% from the lows on January 30 while Goldman is up 30% since July 1, 2014, the analyst points out. On Citi, O'Connor sees less near term upside with fixed income trading entering a seasonally weak period and core cost reductions largely over. On Goldman, the analyst sees a lack of catalysts to drive the stock meaningfully higher in the near term. His top picks among U.S. Banks are Bank of America (BAC), JPMorgan (JPM), M&T Bank (MTB) and SunTrust (STI).
June 23, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
12:57 EDTBCSBarclays appoints Nomura’s Sherlund as software banking chair, Bloomberg says
Barclays (BCS) named Richard “Rick” Sherlund as chairman of software banking, Bloomberg reports, citing a company memo. Sherlund comes to the company from Nomura Holdings (NMR) where he worked for the past four years as a managing director and head of U.S. technology research, the report says.
09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTHTZHertz's subsidiary HERC names Bruce Dressel as COO
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06:53 EDTBCSPSAV prepares for IPO that could raise roughly $300M, Bloomberg says
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06:30 EDTBCSBarclays experimenting with blockchain technology, Finextra reports
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06:25 EDTBCS, BACBarclays-Stifel deal marks end of Lehman legacy, Business Insider reports
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06:21 EDTBCSBarclays may sell private equity business to management, Reuters reports
Barclays is in discussions to sell Barclays Natural Resource Investments, its natural resources-focused private equity business, to the unit's management, Reuters reports, citing a source familiar with the situation. Sky News previously reported that the talks are at an "advanced stage" and could be concluded this year. Reference Link
June 22, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
09:40 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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06:10 EDTBCSRBS Chairman says UK banks fear block on cross-selling, Financial Times says
RBS Chairman Sir Philip Hampton has warned that British Banks fear being blocked from cross-selling products to their clients, reports the Financial Times. Hampton said UK banks had no choice but to accept the ringfencing low that forces them to hive off retail and small business operations into a separate subsidiary at arms length from other activities. Reference Link
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