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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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September 9, 2014
16:00 EDTBACiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 74c to 28.25
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14:54 EDTBACApple announces Apple Pay
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11:59 EDTBCSBarclays narrows bidders for index unit to Markit, S&P, Reuters says
Barclays (BCS) has narrowed the list of bidders for its Index, Portfolio and Risk Solutions business, which could fetch more than $1B, to Markit (MRKT) and McGraw Hill Financial's (MHFI) Standard & Poor's unit, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. MSCI (MSCI) and privately-held Bloomberg had also expressed interest, according to the report. Reference Link
10:10 EDTBCSOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL KNDI NFLX YHOO TWTR TSLA C BAC FB MCD
06:33 EDTBACFed looks set to pressure large banks to shrink, NY Times says
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06:32 EDTBACFed to require large US banks to have extra financial padding, WSJ reports
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05:26 EDTBCSBarclays upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC
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September 8, 2014
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; September 8, 2014
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13:32 EDTBCSBarclays exec says 2,700 jobs eliminated so far this year, Reuters says
Barclays investment bank CEO Tom King said that the company has reduced its staff members by 2,700 so far this year in an effort to comply with its plan to cut 7K positions through 2017, according to Reuters, citing comments from King. Reference Link
10:48 EDTBACBank of America upgraded as legal issues recede
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10:36 EDTHTZHertz spikes higher as CEO Frissora resigns amid shareholder pressure
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10:06 EDTBACOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:40 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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09:24 EDTHTZHertz CEO stepping down a near-term positive, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views the decision for Mark Frissora to step down as Chairman and CEO of Hertz (HTZ) as a prudent one that reduces the chances management and the board could get unnecessarily distracted from fixing operations and sees the change as a near-term positive for the stock. The firm thinks a thorough search for a new CEO is needed and believes former Dollar Thrifty (DTG) CEO Scott Thompson could be a candidate for the opening. Wells maintains its Outperform rating on Hertz.
09:12 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:19 EDTHTZHertz volatility expected to move on Frissora to step down as Chairman and CEO
Hertz Global volatility may move after announcing Mark Frissora to step down as Chairman and CEO. Overall option implied volatility of 35 is near its 26-week average of 36 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
08:07 EDTHTZHertz jumps 6% after announcing Chairman Frissora steps down
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08:04 EDTHTZHertz announces Mark Frissora to step down as Chairman and CEO
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05:40 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded its rating on Bank of America (BAC) shares to Buy citing the resolution of a lot of the bank's legal issues and the shift of its earnings mix towards higher growth businesses. Goldman raised its price target for shares to $19 from $17. Bank of America closed Friday down 9c to $16.02.
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