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December 26, 2012
06:05 EDTBP, MA, MS, GLNCY, BCS, CGOn 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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November 20, 2015
05:30 EDTBCSBarclays downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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November 19, 2015
08:09 EDTMAStonegate Bank, MasterCard enable U.S.-issued debit cards for use in Cuba
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November 18, 2015
16:24 EDTCGBlackstone, Carlyle, KKR potential buyers of Armacell, Reuters says
Britain's Charterhouse has established a Friday deadline for bids on its insulation materials company Armacell, which may be valued at up to $1.06B, reports Reuters, citing sources. The business has attracted interest from private equity firms, with Blackstone (BX), Carlyle (CG), and KKR (KKR) "cited as potential buyers," according to the report. Reference Link
11:00 EDTMATarget sees industry's move to EMV restoring confidence to U.S. payment system
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10:34 EDTBCSBarclays to pay added $150M penalty over forex trading misconduct
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08:55 EDTMSMorgan Stanley exec sees Q4 not much better than Q3 for banks, DJ reports
Morgan Stanley (MS) Institutional Securities President Colm Kelleher cautioned that fixed-income markets "still seem subdued," according to Dow Jones, citing his comments at an investment conference. Morgan Stanley was among the banks that reported lower revenue from fixed-income, currency and commodities trading during the third quarter and Kelleher said he doesn't think "the fourth quarter is going to be much better," the report noted. Large bank peers to Morgan Stanley include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:54 EDTBCSBarclays eyes more investment bank cuts, Telegraph reports
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November 17, 2015
18:16 EDTBCSBarclays set to pay at least $100M in new forex fine, FT says
Barclays is set to pay "at least" $100M by next month to settle allegations by the New York Department of Financial Services that the bank abused foreign exchange markets through its electronic trading platform, reports Financial Times, citing sources. Reference Link
11:35 EDTCGFinancing backing Carlyle's purchase of Symantec's Veritas pulled, Reuters says
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10:16 EDTBPBP confirms exploring sale of Alabama petrochemical facility
BP confirmed that it has decided to market for sale its Decatur, Alabama, petrochemicals complex as part of a broader reorganization of the company's global petrochemicals business. BP said its refocused petrochemicals strategy is pursuing a competitively advantaged portfolio through world-scale, low-cost facilities that utilize BP proprietary technology including the production of purified terephthalic acid, or PTA, a key raw material in the production of polyester. BP is spending $200M to upgrade its Cooper River, S.C., plant and its sister facility in Geel, Belgium - the largest PTA-producing sites in the Americas and Europe, respectively. The investment will enable the two facilities to lower operating costs, improve reliability and reduce emissions. Earlier this year, BP also started up its new Zhuhai 3 unit in Guangdong Province, China. Using BP's latest technology and capable of producing up to 1.25M tons of PTA per year, Zhuhai 3 is the world's largest single-train PTA production unit as well as being one of the largest and most efficient PTA production units in the world. While BP's Decatur complex no longer fits with this strategy, the facility has been a major contributor to BP's U.S. petrochemicals business for many years. It makes chemicals essential for the production of thousands of items, from plastic water bottles to flat-screen televisions. BP expects to complete a sale of all or part of the facility provided a buyer can be found and an acceptable deal can be reached. Reference Link
09:48 EDTBPBP to explore sale of Alabama petrochemical plant, Bloomberg reports
Bloomberg cites e-mailed statement from BP.
09:44 EDTMSBrookings Institute to hold a discussion
The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings and Ben Bernanke host a discussion with Betsy Graseck of Morgan Stanley, Governor Tarullo of the Federal Reserve on the role of collateral in the financial system, liquidity in bond markets and the shadow banking system in a meeting being held in Washington, D.C. on November 17 at 1:30 pm. Webcast Link
09:02 EDTBCSAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
08:34 EDTBCSNAREIT to hold a conference
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07:50 EDTBCSClearing House to hold a conference
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07:48 EDTMSBofa/Merrill to hold a conference
Banking & Financial Services Conference 2015 is being held in New York on November 17-18.
November 16, 2015
11:24 EDTBCSClearing House to hold a conference
Clearing House Annual Conference is being held in New York on November 16-18.
06:51 EDTBPBig energy firms saw 70% earnings dip for first nine months, WSJ says
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06:35 EDTMAMasterCard eyes double-digit growth in China, Reuters reports
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November 15, 2015
16:17 EDTBCSLaw firm says Barclays reaches $120M settlement in LIBOR litigation
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