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December 26, 2012
06:05 EDTMS, GLNCY, BCS, CG, BP, MAOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: For the eight weeks from October 28 through Christmas Eve, retail sales for the holidays increased just 0.7% from a year ago, according to MasterCard’s (MA) SpendingPulse unit, the slowest growth in spending since the 2008 recession, the Wall Street Journal reports...Venture capitalists are pulling back on spending in areas like the consumer Internet, a trend that could accelerate in 2013, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: A number of senior executives are leaving TCW Group weeks before the asset manager is set to be acquired by the Carlyle Group (CG), sources say, Reuters reports...Rosneft raised $16.8B in bank loans and agreed on long-term trade finance deals with Glencore (GLNCY) and Vitol. The company said loans raised from Western banks would be sufficient to cover its acquisition of the 50% of Anglo-Russian oil firm TNK-BP which it is buying from BP (BP) for $27B in cash and stock, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: China’s stocks surged as the benchmark index rose to the highest level in five months, after property developers rallied on speculation the government’s urbanization plan will support housing demand, Bloomberg reports...The record glut in aluminum will not slow a rise in prices because of delays in getting metal from warehouses, even as Barclays (BCS) advises investors to sell and Morgan Stanley (MS) says it has the worst outlook of any commodity, Bloomberg reports.
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April 13, 2015
07:52 EDTMSPotential rule change on accounts to likely be manageable, says JMP Securities
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07:16 EDTMSTechWeek to hold a conference
TechWeek Detroit 2015 is being held in Detroit on 4/13-19.
07:02 EDTBPBP downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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April 12, 2015
18:32 EDTBPObama administration expected to toughen offshore drilling regulations, WSJ says
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16:49 EDTBPIEA says Iran nuke deal to have limited impact on supply for years, Reuters says
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April 9, 2015
08:21 EDTBPRoyal Dutch Shell and BP yet to meet Abu Dhabi's sign-on fee, WSJ reports
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07:43 EDTBPNational Economists Club to hold a luncheon meeting
Mark Finley, General Manager of Global Energy Markets at BP, delivers a speech entitled, "BPs Energy Outlook 2035" at a Luncheon Meeting being held in Washington, D.C. on April 9 at 12 pm.
April 8, 2015
06:30 EDTMACapital One remains top card issuer pick at Citigroup
In its preview of Q1 results, Citigroup says Capital One (COF) remains its top pick among the card issuers given the company's "strong" card loan growth, capital return and "reasonable" valuation. Citi keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $95 price target. The firm continues to see a "modestly" improving U.S. consumer, and also has Buy ratings on American Express (AXP), Discover (DFS), MasterCard (MA), Synchrony Financial (SYF) and Visa (V). Citi thinks investor sentiment has become more negative for card issuers around provisioning for loan growth with the group posting mixed stock performance thus far in 2015.
April 7, 2015
16:18 EDTCGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory, extending their gains from yesterday. The economic calendar was relatively quiet and the volume was light as investors moved to the sidelines ahead of the start of the first quarter earnings season, which kicks off tomorrow after the close with Alcoa's (AA) report. A late day slide saw the major averages give up their gains, leaving the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 a bit below where they had started the day. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the JOLTs report showed job openings rose 168K to 5.13M in February, topping the consensus forecast for about 5M opening. Consumer credit climbed $15.5B in February, versus the expectation for consumers to have added $12.5B in new credit. In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 54.0, which was down slightly from the flash reading of 54.1 but up from 53.3 in February and matched the prior peak seen in April of last year. Elsewhere globally, the central banks of Australia and India left their respective key interest rates unchanged, as expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of FedEx (FDX) advanced $4.49, or 2.69%, to $171.16 after the shipper announced a conditional deal to acquire TNT Express (TNTEY) for EUR 8.00 per share in a transaction valuing the Netherlands-based express delivery company at an implied equity value of about $4.8B. The company hopes it is more successful in its acquisition attempt than rival UPS (UPS), which had agreed a number of years ago to buy TNT for EUR 9.50 per share. UPS pulled out of its planned purchase after its proposed deal for TNT was blocked by regulators. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Axalta Coating Systems (AXTA), which gained $2.78, or 9.81%, to $31.11 after an affiliate of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) agreed to buy 20M of Axalta’s common shares for an aggregate purchase price of $560M, or $28.00 per share, from The Carlyle Group (CG). Also higher was Informatica (INFA), which advanced $1.96, or 4.28%, to $47.79 after agreeing to be acquired by the Permira funds and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for approximately $5.3B, or $48.75 in cash per share. The official announcement follows recent stories from Reuters that the company was working on a deal with a private equity buyer. Among the noteworthy losers was Ocular Therapeutix (OCUL), which dropped $7.25, or 18.93%, to $31.05 after reporting that the company’s second of two Phase 3 clinical trials evaluating the safety and efficacy of its lead product candidate, OTX-DP, met only one of the study’s two primary efficacy endpoints. Also lower were shares of Woodward (WWD), which fell $3.06, or 5.95%, to $48.36 after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold from Buy and set a $52 price target on the shares, saying FY15 is another transition year for the company. INDEXES: The Dow slipped 5.43, or 0.03%, to 17,875.42, the Nasdaq lost 7.08, or 0.14%, to 4,910.23, and the S&P 500 declined 4.29, or 0.21%, to 2,076.33.
15:53 EDTCGMicrosoft, Getty Images announce partnership to develop products for Bing
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15:48 EDTCGMicrosoft, Getty Images dismiss copyright infringement dispute, Reuters says
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11:41 EDTBCSBarclays' Felder to step down as head of markets, WSJ reports
Eric Felder, the head of markets at Barclays, is set to leave the bank just a year after being named to the role, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing an internal memo. Joe Corcoran, who is the current head of the bank's equities and credit products unit, will replace Felder on an interim basis. Reference Link
08:11 EDTMSGoldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley estimates raised at Susquehanna
Susquehanna raised its estimates for both Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to reflect a strong quarter for FICC driven by interest rate and currency volatility and more stable credit markets as well as better I&L. Susquehanna maintains Neutral ratings on both Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley shares.
07:18 EDTCGAxalta Coating announces sale of shares to Berkshire Hathaway
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06:43 EDTBPOil retreats on reports of Iran, China talks, Reuters says
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April 6, 2015
09:28 EDTGLNCYDiana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Protefs
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09:25 EDTCGCarlyle Group management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in Chicago on April 9 hosted by Oppenheimer.
09:02 EDTMABrink's, NetSpend launch Brink's prepaid MasterCard
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06:41 EDTBPOil up after Saudi Arabia increases prices for Asia, Reuters says
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April 5, 2015
18:12 EDTBPOil falls after tentative nuclear deal for Iran, Reuters says
After a preliminary pact between Iran and world powers on Tehran's nuclear program the price of Brent oil fell nearly 4% on Thursday, says Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
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