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December 26, 2012
06:05 EDTBCS, CG, BP, MA, MS, GLNCYOn 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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February 23, 2015
13:33 EDTMSRBS could name Howard Davies as chairman this week, FT reports
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) could name Howard Davies as its chairman as early as Thursday, when the bank reports its full-year results, the Financial Times reports. Davies is currently chairman of insurance business Phoenix Group and chairs Morgan Stanley's (MS) risk committee. Current RBS Chairman Philip Hampton is set to become GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) chairman as early as this summer. Reference Link
February 22, 2015
11:59 EDTBPUSW to expand ULP oil strike
The United Steelworkers, USW, announced that it will expand its unfair labor practice strike, ULP, by launching a work stoppage tonight at midnight at the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. This refinery, a 50-50 joint venture between Shell Oil Company and Saudi Refining, produces more than 600,000 barrels per day. In addition, 24 hour strike notices were delivered at Motiva’s two Louisiana refineries in Convent and Norco as well as at the Shell Chemical plant in Norco. Capacity at these facilities is 235,000 and 238,000. These refineries are also jointly operated by Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Refining, Inc. of Saudi Arabia. “The industry’s refusal to meaningfully address safety issues through good faith bargaining gave us no other option but to expand our work stoppage,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. 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
February 20, 2015
07:37 EDTBPU.S. judge rejects BP request for lower fine per barrel, Reuters says
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has rejected BP's request for a maximum fine of $3,000 per barrel, upholding the maximum penalty of $4,300 per barrel, reports Reuters. The decision means the total fine for BP could reach $13.7B, though it is still unclear when a final decision will be reached. BP spokesman Geoff Morrell stated the company is considering its legal options. Reference Link
February 19, 2015
14:21 EDTBCSS&P reportedly says Greece contagion not a major risk, Reuters reports
The risk of contagion spreading from Greece to other European countries is not that large, a German newspaper quoted S&P's chief sovereign ratings officer as saying, according to Reuters. The euro zone would be able to handle an exit of the bloc by Greece, the ratings officer was quoted as saying, Reuters reported. Publicly traded European banks 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
12:45 EDTMAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:09 EDTMAAmerican Express confirms intent to appeal federal court ruling
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11:00 EDTMAAmerican Express plans to appeal antitrust ruling, CNBC reports
American Express stated to CNBC that the company is "disappointed" with a court decision in an antitrust matter and plans to file an appeal. "The court's ruling will not provide any benefit to consumers and will, in fact, harm competition by further entrenching the two dominant networks. We continue to believe that the Department of Justice's arguments are flawed and believe we should prevail on appeal," American Express stated. Reference Link
06:58 EDTBPU.S. oil prices tumble after inventory data released, Reuters says
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06:47 EDTMSReport shows subprime consumer loans at pre-2007 levels, WSJ says
Equifax (EFX) has released a report stating nearly 40%, or 50M, of auto loans, credit cards, and personal loans during the first 11 months of 2014 were made to subprime customers, the highest levels since the 2007 financial crisis, reports the Wall Street Journal. LendingTree (TREE) Chief Marketing Officer Gabriel Dalporto attributes the growth to nonbank lenders under less regulatory scrutiny than large banks. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:28 EDTMSAuthorities investigating possible hack in Morgan Stanley leak, WSJ says
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06:04 EDTBCSFCA to investigate investment and corporate banking
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February 18, 2015
10:05 EDTCGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Agnico Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Amarin (AMRN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Capital Product (CPLP) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Carlyle Group (CG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Danone (DANOY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Express (EXPR) upgraded on lower promotional activity at Piper Jaffray... Kforce (KFRC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded following Q4 results at Pacific Crest... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... SeaChange (SEAC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial... Valero (VLO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Veeco (VECO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial... Wolverine World Wide (WWW) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee.
07:21 EDTMSJPMorgan, Citi top government report of riskiest banks, Reuters reports
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06:08 EDTCGCarlyle Group upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded Carlyle Group to Buy saying it believes the company is entering a "robust" harvesting cycle. Citi says Carlyle is at a favorable inflection point and raised its price target for the stock to $32 from $30.50.
February 17, 2015
08:39 EDTBPBP to hold a webcast on energy outlook
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06:58 EDTBPBrent oil reaches $62 per barrel, Reuters reports
Driven higher by Middle East turbulence, the price of brent crude oil reached $62 per barrel today, close to its 2015 high, according to 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
February 13, 2015
18:01 EDTBCSBarclays bid to dismiss NY 'dark pool' lawsuit rejected, Reuters says
A New York judge rejected Barclays bid to dismiss state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's lawsuit that claimed it defrauded clients about high-speed trading in its private "dark pool" trading platform, Reuters reports. Reference Link
16:21 EDTMAJetBlue said to drop American Express in favor of MasterCard, Bloomberg reports
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09:21 EDTCGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Cytokinetics (CYTK), up 15.6%... King Digital (KING), up 22.2%... Cyberark Software (CYBR), up 19.2%... Web.com (WWWW), up 4%... CBS (CBS), up 3.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), up 10.9% following a New York Post report that the company is exploring a sale. Carlyle Group (CG), which owns Freescale, along with Blackstone (BX), is up 1.5%. Blackstone is up fractionally... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), up 4.4% following a Bloomberg report that the company is seeking a buyer for assets in North Dakota... Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), up 5.7% following a CNBC report that Sarissa Capital is seeking to replace Ariad CEO and Chairman Harvey Berger. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Knowles (KN), down 20.3%... Zynga (ZNGA). down 12.4%... J.M. Smucker (SJM), down 2.1%. ALSO LOWER: Magnachip Semiconductor (MX), down 51.7% after restating financial results... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), down 7.6% after 20M share Secondary priced at $3.75.
07:10 EDTCGFreescale said to be exploring a sale, NY Post reports
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