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January 18, 2013
10:27 EDTGE, DB, TMO, LIFELife Technologies surges after buyout report but analysts cautious
Life Technologies (LIFE) is climbing sharply after The Financial Post reported last night that the company is looking to sell itself by the middle of February for $65-$75 per share, according to unnamed sources. The company, which sells a variety of life sciences products, hired two firms, Deutsche Bank (DB) and Moelis & Co., to facilitate a sale of the company to either a private equity firm or a larger company, the newspaper added, citing documents. Life Technologies stated earlier today that it had hired Deutsche Bank and Moelis to "assist in its annual strategic review." The company added, however, that its board had not decided on any specific course of action. In a note to investors earlier today, Jefferies analyst Jon Wood wrote that Life Technologies is more likely to be acquired for $50-$60 per share in a leverage buyout. Wood maintained a $58 price target and Buy rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Piper analyst William Quirk wrote in a note to investors that the company may be planning a leveraged buyout. Several companies including Roche (RHHBY), Thermo Fisher (TMO), and GE (GE) could look to buy Life Technologies, Quirk added. However, about 43% of Life's revenues are obtained from selling slow growth research consumables, making it an inferior target compared with other companies in the sector that specialize in faster growing next-generation sequencing products, the analyst contended. He maintained a $45 price target and Neutral rating on the shares. Additionally, ISI Group said the company's high debt levels makes a leveraged buyout challenging and that a restructuring or recapitalization is the most likely outcome. In early trading, shares of Life Technologies rallied $6.42, or 11.68%, to $61.51.
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September 2, 2015
07:11 EDTGEHoneywell bucks trend by being rewarded for staying diversified, WSJ says
With rivals large and small, from General Electric (GE) to Danaher (DHR) to Johnson Controls (JCI), breaking up, Honeywell (HON) has been rewarded by investors for bucking the trend and remaining a diversified conglomerate, said The Wall Street Journal. In the thirteen years under current CEO Dave Cote, Honeywell has added about $12B in annual sales via 84 acquisitions, while its 194% gain is more than twice the S&P 500 increase over the same period, the report noted. Reference Link
September 1, 2015
12:20 EDTGEGE likely to gain EU approval for Alstom deal in coming days, FT says
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08:02 EDTGEGE announces over $1B in orders from Asia Pacific customers
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08:01 EDTGEGeneral Electric names Beth Comstock as vice chair
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August 31, 2015
17:35 EDTGEGeneral Electric completes sale of U.S. fleet services to Element Financial
GE announced that it has completed the previously announced sale of its U.S. fleet services business, representing aggregate ending net investment of approximately $4.4B, to Element Financial in a transaction valued at approximately $5B. Separately, the previously announced sale of GE's Mexican, Australian and New Zealand fleet businesses to Element is expected to close at the end of the third quarter, and the sale of GE's European fleet businesses to Arval, a fully-owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas, is expected to close in the fourth quarter. The U.S. fleet services transaction releases approximately $0.6B of capital. GE Capital believes it is on track to deliver about $35B of dividends to GE under this plan, as previously announced.
06:35 EDTDBCiti plans to rebuild equities franchise, Reuters reports
Citigroup (C) is planning to rebuild its equities franchise in an effort to capitalize on a retrenchment by rivals in the face of new rules created to make the financial system less risky, Reuters reports, citing people familiar with the bank's plans. It may be tough to overcome leaders such as Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), and JPMorgan Chase (JPM), that have long dominated the sector, the report says. Citi is aiming to profit from a retreat of rivals slow to adapt new rules forcing banks to keep more capital, the report says. Deutsche Bank (DB), Credit Suisse (CS), and Barclays (BCS) are among others rebuilding their investment banking businesses, the report adds. Reference Link
06:10 EDTDBBanks lobby EU over privacy rules overhaul, FT reports
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August 30, 2015
12:33 EDTGEDividend-rich blue chips look attractive amid market volatility, Barron's says
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August 28, 2015
12:31 EDTGEGE drops Dallas for headquarters move on Ex-Im opposition, Bloomberg reports
General Electric has dropped the Dallas area as a possible relocation site for its headquarters due to concerns over Texas' political climate, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. GE is worried about Texas lawmakers' opposition to the U.S. Export-Import Bank, a source of financing some overseas sales, the report says. Reference Link
06:28 EDTDBProsecutor wants to summon Murdoch, others in Deutsche Bank case, Reuters says
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06:21 EDTGEWells Fargo front-runner to purchase GE's railcar unit, Bloomberg reports
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August 27, 2015
18:02 EDTDBU.S. may prohibit Deutsche Bank, others from managing pensions, Bloomberg says
In correspondence dated mid-July, the U.S. Labor Department tentatively rejected requests from Deutsche Bank (DB), UBS (UBS), RBS (RBS) to manage U.S. pension funds, reports Bloomberg, citing letters between the organizations. Bloomberg notes that the Department could use the "threat of denial" to mandate stricter conditions on pension management. Reference Link
13:41 EDTGEGeneral Electric volatility elevated on wide price movement
General Electric current 30-day call option implied volatility is at 23, compared to a one-month ago level of 16, suggesting large price movement.
August 26, 2015
17:52 EDTGEGE, PTC participate in $82M funding round for ServiceMax
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12:06 EDTDBDeutsche Bank traders questioned by SFO in Libor probe, Bloomberg says
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09:33 EDTGEActive equity options trading on open
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August 25, 2015
09:35 EDTGEActive equity options trading on open
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06:28 EDTGEGE eyes compensation for Polish forex loan conversion, Reuters says
General Electric is eyeing compensation for losses incurred by its Polish unit Bank BPH due to the planned conversion of Swiss-franc denominated mortgages into zlotys, Reuters reports, citing a letter sent from GE Capital CEO Keith Sherin to Polish authorities. According to the letter, GE saw further possible damage to BPH, following a 10% decline in BPH shares on the day the bill on the conversion was preemptively passed by the lower house of parliament. Reference Link
August 24, 2015
19:30 EDTGEGeneral Electric to eliminate Lufkin oil 262 jobs in TX, Reuters says
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August 21, 2015
17:02 EDTGEGeneral Electric completes sale of U.S. Sponsor Finance Business to CPPIB
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