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November 18, 2015
05:55 EDTFBFacebook partners with Airtel Africa to bring free basics to 17 countries
In an announcement on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, "In South Africa , we announced with Airtel Africa that we will be bringing free basic services to all 17 countries where they operate. first launched in Zambia and today half of the 30 countries with Free Basics are in Africa. These new launches will bring free services to Burkina Faso, Chad, Gabon, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone and Uganda. We also recently partnered to launch a satellite to provide internet coverage to remote areas of Sub-Saharan Africa starting in 2016. We've also partnered with the Praekelt Foundation to give developers the tools they need to build free basic services to reach people just coming online. Connecting people across the African continent is critical to our mission. We're going to keep pushing forward to develop new ways to bring people online until the whole world is connected." Reference Link
November 17, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; November 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.32 to 21.07. Option volume leaders: GE BAC AAPL FB NFLX SYF WMT CSCO MU SUNE VRX BABA AMZN HD FCX
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open: AAPL FB GE HD
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07:48 EDTKKR, BXBofa/Merrill to hold a conference
Banking & Financial Services Conference 2015 is being held in New York on November 17-18.
05:21 EDTKKRKKR invests in Avendus Capital
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November 16, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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11:31 EDTBXBlackstone to sell GCA Services Group to Thomas H. Lee Partners and Goldman Sach
Blackstone (BX) announced that private equity funds it manages have agreed to sell GCA Services Group to a consortium of the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs (GS) and Thomas H. Lee Partners. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.
10:01 EDTBXBlackstone acquires Diamonds Direct
Blackstone and Diamonds Direct announced that funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities have acquired Diamonds Direct, an independent jewelry company. The transaction closed in early November.
09:59 EDTFBOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB ORCL BAC SUNE FDX FCX EXPE NFLX MU AMZN INTC TSLA
08:04 EDTKKRSignostics announces investment, capital partnership with KKR
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08:00 EDTKKRKKR to invest $35M in Signostics, Reuters says
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06:48 EDTBXGoldman, Thomas H. Lee agree to buy GCA Services from Blackstone, Reuters says
According to sources, Reuters reports that the private equity unit of Goldman Sachs (GS) and Thomas H. Lee Partners have agreed to buy GCA Services Group, a facility management company, from Blackstone (BX) for about $1B, including debt. Goldman and Thomas H. Lee will have equal participation in the consortium that will buy GCA. Reference Link
November 15, 2015
17:54 EDTFBFacebook to expand use of 'Safety Check' feature in wake of Paris attacks
Facebook announced it will be expanding its use of "Safety Check," a feature allowing users of the social network who live in endangered areas of the world to let friends and family know they are safe. Traditionally limited to natural disasters, the policy change has been made in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Paris, France, during which the company turned on Safety Check for affected users. The move spurred both praise for quick action and criticism for not using the feature during other serious events such as Thursday's tragedy in Beirut, prompting Facebook to reconsider its use of the service. "Each time we have launched the tool, we've improved it... We are learning to make the tool and policies behind it better as we go -- and because Safety Check is a relatively new feature for us, we're still understanding how it can best be used... We talked with our employees on the ground, who felt that there was still a need that we could fill. So we made the decision to try something we've never done before: activating Safety Check for something other than a natural disaster... We want this tool to be available whenever and wherever it can help," explained the company.
November 13, 2015
17:16 EDTKKRKKR files to sell 2.63M common units representing limited partner interests
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; November 13, 2015
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10:48 EDTBXBlackstone looks for buyer for German wind farm, Reuters says
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL CSCO FB BAC BABA MSFT NFLX INTC JCP AMZN C
07:35 EDTKCGKCG Holdings reports 3.8M U.S. equities trades per day in Oct. in Market Making
In Market Making, KCG averaged $30.3B dollar volume traded, 4.8B shares traded, and 3.8M trades per day in U.S. equities. In Global Execution Services: KCG electronic execution averaged 310.3M shares traded per day in U.S. equities and KCG BondPoint averaged $142.3M per day in fixed income par value. As for the overall market conditions in October, consolidated U.S. equity volume averaged $283.7B in dollar volume and 7.1B shares traded per day. The realized volatility for the S&P 500 was 12.8. In October, there were 22 trading days in U.S. equities and 21 in fixed income.
06:16 EDTBXBlackstone to purchase Japan Residential in $450M deal, Reuters says
Blackstone said it will buy Japan Residential Investment Company in a deal valued at roughly $450M, including the assumption of debt, Reuters says. Reference Link
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