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February 5, 2014
07:21 EDTJPM, BXJPMorgan in talks to sell commodities unit to Mercuria, Reuters reports
According to sources, JP Morgan (JPM) is in exclusive talks to sell its physical commodities unit to Mercuria, Reuters reports. Blackstone (BX) and Macquarie were also competing to buy the division, the sources add, also noting that any deal could take "a few" months to complete. Reference Link
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April 10, 2014
09:16 EDTBXRentech announces $150M investment from Blackstone's GSO Capital
Rentech (RTK) announced that GSO Capital Partners LP, the credit investment arm of Blackstone (BX), will invest $150M in Rentech in the form of $100M of convertible preferred stock and a $50M term loan. The transactions closed on April 9. In connection with this investment, Blackstone/GSO appointed two members to Rentech’s Board of Directors: Douglas Ostrover, a senior managing director of Blackstone and co-founder of GSO Capital Partners, and Patrick Moore, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, a paper-based packaging company with significant wood fibre operations. Rentech also announced a settlement with Concerned Rentech Shareholders, whereby CRS will approve an additional member to join Rentech’s Board of Directors and the board’s newly formed Finance Committee. Proceeds from Blackstone/GSO’s investment will fund identified growth opportunities in Rentech’s wood fibre processing business. Rentech also announced changes to its Board of Directors today: Douglas Ostrover, senior managing director of Blackstone and co-founder of GSO Capital Partners, has joined the board. Mr. Ostrover brings shareholder representation and significant finance experience. He has personally overseen GSO’s deployment of $65 billion of capital. Mr. Ostrover will be the chairman of the board’s Finance Committee. Blackstone/GSO appointed Patrick J. Moore, former chairman and chief executive officer of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, to the board.
09:06 EDTBXBlackstone reaches a financial closing for Ventika
Fisterra Energy, a company majority owned by funds managed by Blackstone (BX), and Blackstone Energy Partners, announced it has reached a financial closing for Ventika. Ventika will be located in the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon and is comprised of two 126 megawatt wind farms with total capacity of 252MW. Once completed the project will alleviate significant demands on Mexico’s existing power infrastructure, helping Mexico reduce pollution and CO2 emissions, and meet its target of achieving 35% renewable generation by 2025. The $650M project is being jointly developed by CEMEX (CX) and Fisterra Energy. This investment funds the installation of 84 Acciona AW-3000 wind turbine generators, each with a hub height of 120 meters and a nominal output of 3MW per turbine. Construction of the project, which is scheduled to be completed in FY16, is expected to generate approximately 1K jobs and more than 2K additional jobs in related industries.
08:37 EDTJPMDimon admits JPMorgan had 'tin ear' when listening to regulators, Reuters says
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said the company had a “tin ear” when dealing with regulators before settling investigations into mortgage lapses and trading losses, according to Reuters, citing comments from Dimon in a letter to the bank's investors. Dimon said, "Our response generally was, ‘We know what we’re doing.' Well, we should have done more self-examination. We need to be better listeners.” Reference Link
07:49 EDTBXApollo, EQT, Blackstone mull offers for Gas Natural unit, Bloomberg says
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07:43 EDTJPMJPMorgan (JPM) CEO says 2013 was a year of 'pain,' WSJ reports
J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon acknowledged in his annual shareholder letter that legal issues and new regulations faced by the bank made 2013 "the most painful, difficult and nerve-wracking experience" he has ever dealt with professionally, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:41 EDTJPMGo Daddy hires Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan for IPO, NY Times says
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06:35 EDTJPMMobile banking presents opportunity and risks for banks, WSJ reports
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April 9, 2014
07:51 EDTJPMJP Morgan April volatility up into Q1 and outlook
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07:50 EDTJPMCEO Dimon says U.S. banking system 'sound,' Europe lagging, Reuters says
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07:18 EDTJPMLevy Economics Institute to hold a conference
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06:35 EDTJPMRegulators increase leverage ratio requirement for large banks, NY Times says
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06:27 EDTJPMBig banks must add capital to comply with new rules, WSJ reports
A of January 1, 2018, the U.S.'s eight largest banks -- including Citigroup (C), JPMorgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS) -- must add up to $68B in extra capital to comply with a new rule intended to help firms weather losses during periods of market stress, the Wall Street Journal. The banks will be required to maintain well above the minimum levels of capital held against assets on their books. Banks must report the new levels next year. Reference Link
05:48 EDTBXStocks with implied volatility movement; DLLR BX
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April 8, 2014
14:22 EDTBXWeather Channel near deal to return to DirecTV, WSJ says
DirecTV (DTV) is near a deal to return the Weather Channel to its lineup, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, one of whom said DirecTV will agree to a small increase in the fees it pays though less than the bump the Weather Channel was seeking. The Weather Channel is owned as a joint venture between Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal, Blackstone (BX) and Bain Capital. Reference Link
11:58 EDTBXBlackstone volatility at upper end of 30-month range into Q1
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07:56 EDTBXKKR latest PE firm to increase focus on fast-growing tech, FT says
KKR (KKR), following in the recent steps of private equity peers Blackstone (BX), CVC Capital Partners and TPG, is bolstering its technology team and is considering a specialist fund to invest in fast-growing tech companies, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
07:28 EDTJPMSecurity Innovation Network to hold a forum
IT Security Entrepreneurs Forum: ITSEF 2014 is being held in Mountain View, California on April 8-9.
07:26 EDTJPMElsevier Business Intelligence to hold a conference
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April 7, 2014
19:57 EDTJPMFederal Reserve announces extension on some CLOs
The Federal Reserve Board announced that it intends to exercise its authority to give banking entities two additional one-year extensions to conform their ownership interests in and sponsorship of certain collateralized loan obligations, or CLOs, covered by section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commonly referred to as the Volcker rule. Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act directed the board to adopt rules for the conformance period and the board previously extended the conformance period for all activities and investments by one year to July 21, 2015. To ensure effective compliance, the board intends to grant banking entities two additional one-year extensions, which together would extend until July 21, 2017, to conform their ownership interests in and sponsorship of CLOs to the statute. Publicly traded companies that may be impacted by the announcement 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
08:56 EDTJPMJPMorgan, U.K.'S DFID, CDC to invest $20M combined in Novastar Ventures
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