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January 17, 2014
16:49 EDTC, GS, JNPR, WFC, JPM, MS, BAC, GMAverages finish the week mixed
Stocks on Wall Street finished the week mixed after lackluster U.S. economic data was paired with mixed results in the first full week of corporate earnings season. MACRO NEWS: U.S. retail sales rose 0.2% in December versus the same period a year earlier, slightly above consensus estimates for sales to come in flat, but lower than the increase of 0.4% in the prior month... The preliminary January reading of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index came in a little light at 80.4, shy of expectations for an 83.5 reading... Comments by Fed President Dennis Lockhart may have also put a damper on the market, as Lockhart in a speech on Monday said he supported additional tapering by the central bank... European industrial production data was more positive, with production surging 1.8% in November, the largest increase in nearly four years. COMPANY NEWS: IT infrastructure company Juniper Networks (JNPR) rallied on Monday after activist investor Elliott Management disclosed a presentation that outlined initiatives to unlock shareholder value... A number of major U.S. banks reported quarterly results this week, with JPMorgan (JPM), Goldman Sachs (GS), Wells Fargo (WFC), and Bank of America (BAC) all reporting adjusted bottom-line results that topped estimates, while Citigroup (C) and Morgan Stanley (MS) reported weaker than expected results... General Motors (GM) made headlines with several pieces of news, as the company declared its first dividend since emerging from bankruptcy, appointed a new CFO, and said it expects its earnings before interest and tax to be "modestly improved" in 2014. The carmaker also said it expects restructuring costs this year of $1.1B, and shares of the company fell more than 3% for the week. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 0.1% to close at 16,458.56; the S&P 500 fell about 0.2% to close at 1,838.70; the Nasdaq gained about 0.5% to close at 4,197.58.
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August 18, 2015
13:14 EDTGSNY court rules Goldman must face Abacus suit, Bloomberg reports
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09:04 EDTJNPRJuniper selected by Joe Gibbs Racing to speed data center network transformation
Juniper Networks announced that four-car NASCAR team Joe Gibbs Racing selected its next-generation switching and security solutions to rev up the team's aging network infrastructure for better performance on and off the track.
08:06 EDTCCiti sells alternative investor services unit to SS&C
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08:02 EDTCSS&C acquires Citi's alternative investor services business
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07:56 EDTCCiti reports July credit loss 2.33% vs. 2.49% last month
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06:45 EDTGSNine banks agree to $2B settlement for currency market rigging, FT says
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06:42 EDTGSGoldman buys stake in Piramal Realty, WSJ reports
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August 17, 2015
16:19 EDTGSSunEdison up 7% to $15.70 after forming asset facility with Goldman Sachs
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16:15 EDTGSSunEdison, Goldman Sachs fund form $1B construction, operating asset facility
SunEdison (SUNE) and West Street Infrastructure Partners III and affiliates, announced the formation of a new $1B warehouse investment vehicle, the WSIP Warehouse, to fund construction costs and to acquire operating assets. TerraForm Power (TERP) will have an exclusive call right over the warehoused assets. The WSIP Warehouse is a $1B investment vehicle with $300M equity committed, subject to certain conditions, by WSIP, the infrastructure fund managed by Goldman Sachs (GS). The debt structuring will be led by Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and Deutsche Bank and will provide commitments for $700M of debt in the form of a $500M, five-year term loan and a $200M, four-year revolving credit facility. SunEdison has the option to expand the facility by up to $1B to a total of $2B, subject to certain conditions. The decision to add additional warehouse capacity was completed following an analysis by SunEdison of its financing requirements through 2016 and after exploring alternative debt and equity transactions. SunEdison continues to explore financing alternatives, including upsizing its existing warehouse facilities and adding new warehouse facilities. Completion of the formation of the WSIP Warehouse and the financial close of the related debt facilities are subject to customary conditions and are expected to occur by Oct. 31, 2015.
16:12 EDTGSSunEdison, Goldman Sachs fund form $1B construction, operating asset facility
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14:24 EDTCCiti reports July credit loss 2.33% vs. 2.49% last month
Reports July delinquencies 1.46% vs. 1.42% last month.
10:39 EDTCCitigroup affiliates to pay $180M in SEC settlement
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10:26 EDTBACBank of America reports July default rate 2.67% vs. 2.62% last month
Reports July delinquency rate 1.62% vs. 1.65% last month.
09:38 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC MU NFLX TWTR HUN TSLA BABA MSFT
07:42 EDTGMNew Street-high target of $465 gives Tesla shares a charge
Shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA) are jumping after Morgan Stanley boosted its price target by $185 to $465, a new high among Wall Street analysts. The company is positioned to dominate as car sales shift to robot-driven and shared vehicles, the firm argues. SELLING MILES: Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas raised his price target for Tesla Motors to $465 from $280, well above Friday's closing price of $243.15. Today, ten trillion vehicle miles are driven annually, with almost all of them delivered by "companies practicing a 100-year-old business model of human-driven, privately owned, internal-combustion vehicles," Jonas tells investors in a research note. General Motors (GM), Ford (F), Toyota (TM) and Honda (HMC) are among the publicly traded traditional carmakers. The market of selling cars is going through some fundamental changes, argues Jonas. He believes Tesla is "uniquely positioned" to dominate given its expertise in autonomous technology and networked machine learning. An app-based, on-demand mobility service could more than triple Tesla's potential revenues by 2029, the analyst estimates. He expects Tesla over the next 18 months to roll out formalized business plans on shared mobility, allowing the electric vehicle maker to sell miles in addition to cars. His new price target of $465 reflects Tesla's potential to lead the revolution of the shared mobility public transportation hyper-structure and more confidence around the commercial viability of Tesla Energy. ROBOT-DRIVEN: Jonas expects nearly all car sales to eventually shift from human-driven, individually-owned cars to robot-driven and shared cars. If Tesla wants to succeed on its mission of accelerating the world's transition to sustainable transport, the move to a shared mobility model is critical, he argues. All of Tesla's cars are electric, connected, and able to "learn" through over-the- air firmware updates at any time, which no other established automaker can claim today, Jonas writes. MARKET REACTION: Investors are buying into what Jonas is arguing. Shares of Tesla are up 5%, or $13.10, to $256.25 in pre-market trading. Over the past three months through Friday's close, the stock is down 2%.
06:56 EDTCDOJ probes Citi dealings with Carlos Hank Rhon companies, Bloomberg says
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06:12 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports July net credit losses 2.31% vs. 2.34% last month
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06:06 EDTGSGoldman expected to take minority stake in India's Piramal Realty, Reuters says
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05:55 EDTJPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
Keefe Bruyette analyst Christopher Mutascio upgraded JPMorgan to Outperform with a $77 price target, suggesting total return potential of 16%. Mutascio views the stock's valuation as attractive and highlights the "high dividend yield in a low-interest-rate environment."
August 16, 2015
15:44 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest 'several million' in historic factory renovation
General Motors announced that the "historic" Durant-Dort Factory One will be converted into an archive and research center as part of a renovation project. GM will invest several million dollars to create a modern archive to house the automotive collection currently located at Kettering University. The archive and research center will occupy the first floor of the east wing of Factory One. GM plans to develop the second floor of the east wing into a meeting area for GM, community and educational groups to conduct STEM-related classes, seminars and, potentially, research. The high-bay area in the west wing of the facility will be renovated to house classic vehicles and other historical artifacts. Once plans are finalized and a general contractor is selected, work on the archive and other interior projects could begin in early 2016 with the project completed in 2017, according to GM. Reference Link
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