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December 19, 2012
06:49 EDTKCG, PSO, KKR, BX, FBOn The Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: The board of Knight Capital (KCG) will pursue a merger with Getco, with Getco planning to pay $3.75 per share for half of Knight's outstanding stock, according to a Wall Street Journal report that cites sources...Penguin Group, part of Pearson (PSO), has reached a settlement with the U.S. DOJ over allegations that it and other publishers conspired to raise e-book prices for consumers, reports the Wall Street Journal...FINANCIAL TIMES: The Federal Reserve Bank of New York was warned as early as mid-2008 in emails that banks may have been misreporting their Libor borrowing rate, reports the Financial Times...NY POST: A federal judge yesterday questioned whether shareholders accusing private-equity firms including KKR (KKR), Blackstone (BX) and Bain Capital, of bid-rigging had enough evidence to proceed with most of their lawsuit, the New York Post reports...BLOOMBERG: Facebook's (FB) terms of use policy changes to its Instagram site has drawn criticism and blacklash from consumers and privacy advocates, reports Bloomberg.
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October 10, 2014
16:02 EDTFBActionable Options for Friday, October, 10
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10:07 EDTFBFacebook, peer-to-peer lending groups in discussions, The Information says
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08:28 EDTBXBlackstone to spin off financial advisory business
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08:26 EDTBXBlackstone to spin off financial advisory business
08:09 EDTBXBlackstone plans to spin off advisory business, Bloomberg reports
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07:57 EDTFBFacebook, India Telecom Minister discuss expanding in India, Economic Times says
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and India's Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad met to discuss expanding the reach of internet by using alternate technology, reports The Economic Times. According to sources, Facebook requested Prasad establish single point contact in his ministry for the alternative technology to which the minister immediately agreed. Reference Link
October 9, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; October 9, 2014
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06:59 EDTFBFacebook has no imminent WhatsApp monetization goals, Reuters says
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October 8, 2014
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; October 8, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.73 to 29.51. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX PBR AA CLF GILD according to Track Data.
09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:34 EDTBXWindy Cove Energy receives up to $700M from Blackstone for U.S. oil assets
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07:24 EDTFBFacebook feature allows advertisers to find clients via location
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07:08 EDTKKRKKR coverage assumed with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
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06:00 EDTFBInstagram still most used social network for teens, says Piper Jaffray
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October 7, 2014
18:11 EDTBXBlackstone to curb accelerated fee practice, WSJ says
According to a written exchange between the company and one of its fund investors, Blackstone Group will no longer retain additional consulting fees when selling or taking companies that it owns public, The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
13:59 EDTKKRKKR invests in Lemonade Restaurant Group, terms not disclosed
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13:48 EDTFBFacebook to release anonymous chat application, NY Times reports
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13:33 EDTFBGoogle executive says Google+ here to stay, Re/code reports
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10:08 EDTKKRSodaStream sinks after Q3 profit warning
Shares of SodaStream International (SODA) are sinking this morning after the company warned that revenue for the third quarter of 2014 will come in well below Wall Street estimates. SodaStream develops, manufactures and markets home beverage carbonation systems and related products. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, SodaStream reported preliminary Q3 revenue of $125M, significantly missing analysts' consensus estimate of about $154M. The company said it expects operating income of about $8.5M for the quarter. Chief Executive Officer Daniel Birnbaum cited an underperformance in the U.S. market as the primary driver of the quarterly shortfall, and said the results are an indication that the company must alter its course and improve its execution. Birnbaum said in a statement that the company is "very disappointed" by its recent performance, noting that it has "not succeeded in attracting new consumers to our home carbonation system at the rate we believe should be achieved." Birnbaum said the company has started a strategic shift towards health and wellness, mostly in the U.S., where he believes the message "will resonate more strongly" with customers. In addition, SodaStream is developing a growth plan, and more details are expected when Q3 results are reported later this month. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The carbonated beverage machine company has been the subject of buyout rumors for months. In July, Bloomberg reported that the company was in talks to go private for around $40 per share. In September, Israel's TheMarker said SodaStream was in talks to sell itself to a British investment fund for $840M, or $40 per share. SodaStream has also been rumored as an acquisition target for beverage makers SABMiller (SBMRY) and Diageo (DEO) or private equity group KKR (KKR), The Independent reported last month. In July, SodaStream cut its fiscal year 2014 revenue growth view to 5% from 15% and cut its FY14 net income expectations to a 5% decrease from a 3% increase. At that time, the company said it believed sales trends for sodamakers would remain challenging in the U.S. in the second half of the year. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, SodaStream shares dropped $5.72, or 21%, to $21.85.
06:43 EDTFBGM using Facebook, calls to reach out and get recalled cars fixed, AP reports
General Motors (GM) is using Facebook (FB) messages and phone calls to reach out to vehicle owners who have yet to bring in their cars the company has recalled, reports the Associated Press. CEO Mary Barra has also sent a personal letter urging people to get the switches replaced. Reference Link
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