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March 17, 2014
10:08 EDTHTZ, BCS, BACHertz 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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May 20, 2015
10:15 EDTBCSBarclays to pay $400M penalty to settle CFTC forex charges
The CFTC issued an Order filing and settling charges against Barclays Bank for attempted manipulation, false reporting, and aiding and abetting other banks’ attempts to manipulate, global foreign exchange benchmark rates to benefit the positions of certain traders. This Order requires Barclays to pay a civil monetary penalty of $400M, cease and desist from further violations, and take specified steps to implement and strengthen its internal controls and procedures, including the supervision of its FX traders, to ensure the integrity of its participation in the fixing of foreign exchange benchmark rates and internal and external communications by traders. The Order notes that the $400M civil monetary penalty reflects in part that Barclays did not settle at an earlier stage of the investigation. In addition to the charges related to Barclays’ misconduct in FX benchmark rates, the Commission took enforcement action against Barclays and its affiliates on the same charges relating to abuses of the ISDAFIX benchmark. The Order recognizes the significant cooperation of Barclays during the CFTC’s Division of Enforcement’s investigation of this matter.
10:09 EDTBCSCiti, JPMorgan, RBS, Barclays, UBS agreed to guilty pleas in forex settlement
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10:04 EDTBCSFCA fines Barclays GBP284M for forex failings
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08:21 EDTBACATM data theft soars to highest rate in two decades, WSJ says
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May 19, 2015
18:01 EDTBACAflac names Matthew Owenby as Chief Human Resources Officer
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16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; May 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 19.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC WMT MSFT FB TWTR MNKD NFLX T PBR
15:42 EDTBCSBanks' settlement over forex rigging to be announced tomorrow, CNBC says
Several banks are said to plan to plead guilty and pay "billions" in fines in a settlement over their roles in foreign exchange manipulation that is expected to be announced Wednesday, according to CNBC's Kate Kelly. Prior media reports have listed Barclays (BCS), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), UBS (UBS), JPMorgan (JPM) and Citigroup (C) as having been in talks with U.K. and U.S. authorities for their roles in foreign currency rigging.
09:37 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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06:24 EDTBACU.S. Bancorp and Bank of America win dismissal of mortgage claims, Reuters says
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May 18, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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09:46 EDTBACMPLX enters common unit sales agreement for up to $500M
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09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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07:12 EDTBCSBarclays expected to face over GBP250M in fines for rigging, Telegraph says
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06:15 EDTBCSCiti divests 16% stake in Grupo Aeromexico, Reuters reports
Citigroup (C) has sold its 16% stake in Grupo Aeromexico, the Mexican airline says, Reuters reports. According to the airline, Barclays Capital (BCS) acquired about 8% of shares through a financial operation with Delta (DAL). Reference Link
May 15, 2015
16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
13:37 EDTHTZAvis spikes after Hertz discloses raising prices ahead of summer travel season
Shares of Avis Budget Group (CAR) and Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) are rallying after Hertz said it is raising prices in anticipation of a busy summer travel season. WHAT'S NEW: In a press release from last night, Hertz said it is committed to maintaining supply consistent with correlated demand drivers, such as gross domestic product and airline passenger volume. The company said it will moderate its calendar 2015 U.S. fleet plan to reflect a capacity increase of 1.5%-2.5% over 2014 levels. The company has also identified 200 of its U.S. off-airport locations that it will close by the end of the second quarter. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hertz noted that based on its revised fleet capacity plan and expected strong seasonal demands it is implementing broad-based price increases for its Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty brands at U.S. rental locations for pick ups starting on June 14, and for all dates forward. U.S. airport retail car rentals increased $5 per day and $20 per week. Off-airport retail car rentals increased $3 per day and $10 per week. The company added that weekend rates also reflect price increases of $5 per day for airport rentals and $3 per day for off-airport rentals. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, shares of Hertz are up 4.5% while shares of its rival Avis Budget are up over 8.5%.
10:55 EDTHTZJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
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10:15 EDTBACBank of America reports April default rate 2.93% vs. 2.94% last month
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07:50 EDTBCSDOJ tearing up prior UBS rigging settlement after new violations, WSJ reports
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06:17 EDTBACBank of America CEO still struggles to move past financial crisis, WSJ reports
Five years into his job as Bank of America CEO, Brian Moynihan is still struggling to move past the financial crisis, which is testing his reputation as a "fixer" as well as the patients of investors who are concerned about his progress in turning the bank around, The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
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