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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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September 29, 2014
15:50 EDTBXCSC contacts PE firms on leveraged buyout interest, Bloomberg reports
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15:46 EDTBXCSC explores LBO, contacts Blackstone, Bain to gauge interest, Bloomberg says
13:11 EDTFBFacebook talking to Twitter about joining Atlas ad service, Re/code reports
Facebook (FB) has talked to Twitter (TWTR) about signing up the company for its new advertising measurement platform, Atlas, Re/code reported yesterday. The idea of Twitter signing up for Atlas still remains a possibility, Re/code added. Reference Link
13:07 EDTFBFacebook officially launches Atlas ad measuring platform
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10:00 EDTPSOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Akorn (AKRX) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Alexandria Real Estate (ARE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at ISI Group... Baidu (BIDU) upgraded to Buy at UBS... Banner Corp. (BANR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Boston Properties (BXP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at ISI Group... Brocade (BRCD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Summit Research... Chico's FAS (CHS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Equity One (EQY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at ISI Group... FedEx (FDX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Himax (HIMX) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... Janus Capital (JNS) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at ISI Group... LRR Energy (LRE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Nationstar (NSM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Pearson (PSO) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Macquarie... Philips (PHG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at ING Group... Rent-A-Center (RCII) upgraded at KeyBanc... Rice Energy (RICE) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sonic Automotive (SAH) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Tahoe Resources (TAHO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Tanger Factory (SKT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at ISI Group... Universal Health (UHS) upgraded at BMO Capital... Voya Financial (VOYA) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Waste Management (WM) upgraded at Wedbush... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham.
08:50 EDTFBWal-Mart names Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom to board
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Kevin Systrom, an entrepreneur, software engineer and co-founder of photo-sharing service Instagram (FB), as a new member of the company's Board, effective September 26. Systrom became the 15th member of the Board and will also serve as a member of the company's Technology and eCommerce Committee and its Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee. Systrom is currently CEO of Instagram, where he is responsible for its day-to-day operations and has overseen its growth to more than 200 million monthly active accounts.
06:32 EDTKKRKKR said to support Acion Partners hedge-fund, Bloomberg says
KKR is said to have established its first Asia hedge-fund collaborative effort by supporting Hong Kong-based Acion Partners, which is led by the former regional chief of York Capital Management Feng Hsiung, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
06:29 EDTFBFacebook to challenge Google with ad platform, NY Times says
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06:24 EDTFBChina censors coverage of pro-democracy demonstrations, NY Times says
China prevented websites from mentioning pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, according to The New York Times. Access to Facebook's (FB) Instagram was blocked amid the censorship. Weibo (WB) is a microblog seen as China's version of Twitter (TWTR). Reference Link
05:51 EDTPSOPearson upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Macquarie
Macquarie upgraded Pearson two notches to Outperform from Underperform citing the company's new growth platforms in digital software and services.
September 26, 2014
10:53 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB YHOO
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September 25, 2014
11:35 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB RIG
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09:45 EDTFBEU regulators set to approve Facebook's WhatsApp bid, Reuters reports
European Union antitrust regulators are set to approve Facebook's $19B offer for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp, reports Reuters. Citing two people familiar with the matter, the regulators will give "unconditional clearance". Reference Link
09:27 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $99 from $95 at Stifel
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September 24, 2014
09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:37 EDTPSOReed Elsevier upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein
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06:56 EDTFBFacebook volatility low, shares at record high
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06:32 EDTFBApple iOS 8 upgrade prompts more frequent app collapse, Bloomberg says
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September 23, 2014
16:23 EDTKCGKCG Holdings to cut 4% of workforce, to recognize pre-tax charge of $5M-$6M
KCG Holdings disclosed in a regulatory filing that on September 2, KCG Holdings commenced a workforce reduction plan. This action is designed to rationalize redundancies, improve efficiency and realign resources to areas with a greater potential for future growth. The workforce reduction plan impacts approximately 4% of KCGs workforce, and will be completed by early October. KCG currently estimates that it will recognize a pre-tax charge in connection with the workforce reduction of $5M to $6M during the third quarter. The charge is expected to consist of severance, other one-time termination benefits, and other associated costs. KCG expects $3M to $4Mon of these charges to result in future cash expenditures. In addition to the charges associated with this workforce reduction plan, KCG estimates that it will recognize additional pre-tax charges of approximately $6M to $7M in connection with other employee separations that occurred during the third quarter.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; September 23, 2014
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