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News For BX;FB;KCG;KKR;PSO From The Last 14 Days
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September 30, 2014
13:18 EDTFBTwitter to launch new app development platform, The Information reports
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:48 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $95, estimates increased at Evercore
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07:38 EDTFBFacebook users not abandoning site 'in droves' for Ello, TechCrunch reports
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07:21 EDTFBFacebook well positioned to take share in display market, says RW Baird
Baird believes Facebook is well positioned to take market share in the display market, which is core to the firm's long-term positive view of the company. The firm sees the launch of Atlas as an evolution in its advertising platform that should help improve monetization and reiterates its Outperform rating and $82 price target on Facebook shares.
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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13:53 EDTBXBlackstone COO says company was 'never in Russia,' CNBC reports
Blacksone COO Tony James disputed a Financial Times report that said the group was "giving up on Russia," reports CNBC. In an interview with CNBC's "Squawk Box," James said "We were never in Russia. We've never had an office, employee or investment in Russia." James added that Blackstone has a consultant in Russia but has not determined whether or not to renew the contract. Reference Link
06:56 EDTFBGoogle exec to manage Snapchat PR, policy, Re/code says
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06:00 EDTFBFacebook expected to launch new advertising platform, WSJ reports
This week, Facebook (FB) will introduce Atlas, a new advertising platform to improve effectiveness of online ads, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Atlas is a re-engineered version of the Atlas Advertiser Suite Facebook acquired in 2013 from Microsoft (MSFT). Facebook is looking to challenge Google (GOOG) in the online ad space. Reference Link
September 21, 2014
16:02 EDTFBFacebook's Oculus gets closer to consumer release of Rift headset, FT says
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14:43 EDTBXBlackstone does not renew contracts to its consultants in Russia, FT says
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September 19, 2014
11:24 EDTFBTD Ameritrade:Alibaba premarket orders approaching Facebook levels, Reuters says
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06:42 EDTKKRKKR purchases extra 10% stake in Tiga Pilar, Reuters says
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September 18, 2014
13:54 EDTFBAd dollars on Facebook outpacing amount of time people spend on site, WSJ says
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13:27 EDTFBFacebook updates story ranking criteria
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12:07 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; JCP FB
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07:34 EDTKKRSodaStream rumored as target for SABMiller, Diageo, Independent says
Rumors haver circulated among U.K. traders that soda machine maker SodaStream (SODA) could be targeted for a takeover by beverage makers SABMiller (SBMRY) and Diageo (DEO) or private equity group KKR (KKR), according to The Independent. Reference Link
07:33 EDTKCGUBS to hold a conference
FinTech Conference to be held in New York on September 18.
07:17 EDTKKRBMO Capital to hold a conference
14th Annual Back to School Education Conference to be held in New York on September 18 with webcasted company presentations to begin at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:06 EDTFBFacebook volatility low into Alibaba IPO
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September 17, 2014
11:25 EDTKKRKKR management to meet with Oppenheimer
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10:04 EDTFBDiscover rumored to be eyed as target by Apple, Bank Innovation says
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09:40 EDTFBFacebook polishing micro-sharing app 'Moments', TechCrunch reports
Facebook is polishing a new app codenamed "Moments" for micro-sharing for a select group of friends, reports TechCrunch. According to multiple sources, including who has seen a live internal version of the app, the design features a grid with a few tiles, each representing a set of close family or friends. The goal is to make selective sharing much faster than the main Facebook app. Reference Link
07:37 EDTBXMorningstar to hold a conference
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