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April 29, 2014
06:35 EDTMET, BX, GSEU approves MetLife Assurance acquisition by Rothesay Life, Reuters reports
The EU has approved Rothesay Life's proposed acquisition of MetLife Assurance Limited (MET), Reuters reports. Rothesay is jointly controlled by Blackstone (BX) and Goldman Sachs (GS). Reference Link
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July 15, 2014
10:47 EDTGSGoldman Sachs says undertook 'comprehensive analysis' of balance sheet during Q2
Reports "mixed" operating environment in Q2. Says equity volatility at historically low levels. Says VAR drop driven by volatility, risk positions. Says currency trading was higher in Q2 than Q1, mortgages were flat, credit declined. CFO Harvey Schwartz says company undertook comprehensive review of balance sheet during the quarter. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
09:21 EDTGSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:43 EDTGSGoldman Sachs says ranks first in M&A year-to-date
Goldman Sachs continued its leadership in investment banking, ranking first in worldwide announced and completed mergers and acquisitions for the year-to-date, the company said. The firm also ranked first in worldwide equity and equity-related offerings, common stock offerings and initial public offerings for the year-to-date.
07:41 EDTGSGoldman Sachs CEO says 'pleased' with results in context of operating conditions
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07:40 EDTGSGoldman Sachs reports Basel III Common Equity Tier 1 ratio 11.4% at June 30
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07:40 EDTGSGoldman Sachs reports book value, tangible book value both up 2%
Book value per common share and tangible book value per common share both increased approximately 2% during the quarter to $158.21 and $148.45, respectively. The firm continues to manage its liquidity and capital conservatively. The firm’s global core excess liquidity was $170B as of June 30. In addition, the firm’s Common Equity Tier 1 ratio was 11.4% as of June 30, under the Basel III Advanced approach. Total assets decreased $56B to $860B as of June 30, resulting from a firmwide initiative to reduce activities with lower returns, including certain client secured financing activities.
07:39 EDTGSGoldman Sachs reports Q2 Investment Banking revenues $1.78B
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07:38 EDTGSGoldman Sachs reports Q EPS $4.10, consensus $3.05
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July 14, 2014
15:24 EDTGSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:46 EDTGSGoldman Sachs technical notes ahead of earnings
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14:41 EDTGSGoldman Sachs July 167.5 straddle priced for 2.4% move into Q2
08:03 EDTGSGoldman Sachs volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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07:48 EDTGSQuantum computer company D-Wave may come public, FT says
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July 11, 2014
07:20 EDTGSBig banks seen losing reserve release cushion, Reuters says
Releasing loan-loss reserves has helped U.S. big banks weather a period of weak loan demand and lower fee income, but Q2 results from the banks may see less benefit from the practice as loss rates and reserves near their lower limits, said Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:50 EDTBXFriends Life disposes Lombard division to Blackstone, Reuters says
Friends Life announced that it sold its Lombard division to Blackstone for an initial consideration of $532M and said it will use a portion of the proceeds to buy-back shares, according to Reuters, citing a statement from Friends Life CEO Andy Briggs. The agreement is anticipated to be finalized in 2H14. Reference Link
July 10, 2014
06:52 EDTGSGoldman gains energy marketer Golender from Barclays, Reuters says
Goldman Sachs (GS) appointed oil marketer Roy Golender as vice president of energy sales from Barclays (BCS), according to Reuters citing a company spokesman. Golender's LinkedIn profile says that while at Barclays Golender spent four years in commodity derivatives sales. Reference Link
July 9, 2014
06:25 EDTGSGoldman exec says Japan M&A 'breaking' barriers, Bloomberg says
Goldman Sachs head of mergers and acquisitions in Japan, Yoshihiko Yano, said that the country is "breaking" M&A boundaries, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from Yano. Yano said, "We have to be more creative and steer away from biases and assumptions like ‘This company will normally do this,’ or ‘This type of move may happen in this industry.’” Reference Link
July 8, 2014
13:39 EDTGSJP Morgan names Blessing as Vice Chair of IB EMEA, Bloomberg reports
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10:28 EDTMETOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: A.O. Smith (AOS) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Abengoa Yield (ABY) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Aflac (AFL) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Aspen Aerogels (ASPN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Boston Scientific (BSX) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... CSC (CSC) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Consumer Portfolio (CPSS) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... Credit Acceptance (CACC) initiated with a Sell at Compass Point... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) initiated with a Neutral at BTIG... Masimo (MASI) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Memorial Resource (MRD) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... MetLife (MET) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Mueller Water (MWA) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... New York REIT (NYRT) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... NorthStar Asset Management (NSAM) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Ophthotech (OPHT) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Performance Sports Group (PSG) initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush... Prudential (PRU) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... RCS Capital (RCAP) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Santander Consumer (SC) initiated with a Neutral at Compass Point... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... St. Jude Medical (STJ) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Starwood Waypoint (SWAY) initiated with an Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... T-Mobile (TMUS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... TherapeuticsMD (TXMD) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Waddell & Reed (WDR) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Xerox (XRX) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
06:47 EDTMETMetLife initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton
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