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April 7, 2014
06:58 EDTNDAQ, ICE, MS, CS, KCG, C, UBSDark markets could cause more harm than high-frequency trading, Reuters says
After a book by financial author Michael Lewis sparked worries that high-speed traders have been rigging the U.S. stock market, former regulators and academics say a more serious threat to investors could be the increasing amount of trading that happens outside of exchanges, reported Reuters. Top internalizers include units of KCG Holdings (KCG), Citadel, UBS (UBS), and Citigroup (C). Dark pool operators include Credit Suisse (CS) and Morgan Stanley (MS). In an attempt to earn back some of the retail orders, exchanges such as IntercontinentalExchange Group's (ICE) New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq (NDAQ), and BATS Global Markets, have allowed brokerages to place dark pool-style orders on their platforms, with the trade hidden until after it is executed. Reference Link
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March 19, 2015
06:06 EDTCSSunrun powers up for IPO later this year, WSJ reports
Sunrun, a solar-energy company, is said to be working with Credit Suisse (CS) and Goldman Sachs (GS) on a potential IPO for later this year, sources tell The Wall Street Journal, which adds that the company was valued at $1.3B as of March 2014. Other solar companies that have gone public in recent years include residential solar installers like Vivint Solar (VSLR), backed by Blackstone (BX), and SolarCity (SCTY), backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
18:23 EDTNDAQNASDAQ halts trading of Life Partners
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13:56 EDTCArgentina to bar Citi from exiting custody business, Reuters says
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07:20 EDTUBSU.S. considers 'tearing up' non-prosecution deals with banks, Bloomberg says
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07:18 EDTKCGWells Fargo to hold a forum
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March 17, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; March 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 27.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL RIG MGM HTZ TWTR TSLA CY KO NFLX C according to Track Data.
14:37 EDTUBS, CCiti, Barclays near $800M settelement of forex suit, WSJ says
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13:40 EDTCSAmended settlement agreement announced between Credit Suisse, Freeport
On March 16, an Addendum to the Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement, Compromise and Release was entered into with respect to the consolidated stockholder derivative litigation captioned In Re: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX) Derivative Litigation, C.A. No. 8145-VCN. The Addendum modifies the terms of the settlement in order to resolve potential derivative claims against Credit Suisse Securities (CS) in connection with its engagement to act as lead financial advisor to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Freeport-McMoRan with respect to the company’s 2013 acquisitions of Plains Exploration & Production Company and McMoRan Exploration Co., which potential claims were previously excluded from the settlement as set forth in the Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement, Compromise and Release filed on January 15. As set forth in the Addendum, the original settlement consideration will be increased by $16.25M, consisting of a $10M cash payment to the company by Credit Suisse, and a credit of $6.25M to be redeemable by the company in connection with future assignments Credit Suisse performs. The Supplemental Cash Amount, together with the original settlement amount, less plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees and expenses as awarded by the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, will be distributed to the company’s stockholders as a special dividend. The settlement is subject to specified conditions, including final approval by the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware. The settling defendants and Credit Suisse vigorously deny all allegations of wrongdoing or fault but entered into the settlement to avoid the costs and distraction of continued litigation.
12:26 EDTCCitibank to exit custody business in Argentina following ruling, WSJ reports
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10:00 EDTCSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:15 EDTCCiti price target raised on positive news flow at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank raised its price target for Citi (C) shares to $56 from $54 citing recent positive news flow around the sale of OneMain, the credit card deal with Costco (COST) and last week's stress test results. Deutsche notes the stock still trades at a 6% discount to tangible book. It keeps a Buy rating on Citi.
06:30 EDTCSCredit Suisse downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie downgraded Credit Suisse to Underperform following recent share strength.
March 16, 2015
17:07 EDTCSCredit Suisse to pay Freeport McMoRan $10M to settle allegations, WSJ says
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16:00 EDTCOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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14:09 EDTCCiti reports February credit loss 2.55% vs. 2.30% last month
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14:08 EDTCS, UBSEU regulator says time for fine-tuning, Reuters says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision believes the necessary bank regulatory framework is in place though some additional work must be done to finalize leverage ratio and capital floor rules, Reuters reported yesterday, citing statements by secretary-general William Coen at a financial conference in Doha. Coen added, "We're now at the state where we can take a step back and look to see how [the regulations] fit together," cautioning that further analysis must be data-driven but admitting that both banks and regulatory bodies were feeling "regulation fatigue." Publicly traded companies in the space include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
13:05 EDTMSMorgan Stanley's quarter not shaping up to be strong one, says Rafferty Capital
Rafferty Capital's Dick Bove said Morgan Stanley's current quarter is not shaping up to be a strong one. Bove said industry trade data from the NY Federal Reserve Bank is not that encouraging with fall offs in numbers in key categories. The analyst believes trading is flat to down overall in the quarter and investment banking its not fairing much better. Bove still views Morgan Stanley among his top picks for 2015 despite near-term issues.
12:33 EDTMSMorgan Stanley may be challenged in quarter, says Rafferty Capital
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11:47 EDTICECFTC orders ICE Futures U.S. to pay $3M civil monetary penalty
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06:00 EDTICENYSE owner warns of cyber risk to frequency trading, Financial Times says
IntercontinentalExchange CEO Jeff Sprecher warned that efforts to fend off cyber hackers could reverse the momentumtowards faster markets, reports the Financial Times. Sprecher adds that the growing risk of cyber attacks would force traders to pass new electronic sentries as they connect to his exchanges. Reference Link
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