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January 31, 2014
06:43 EDTGS, JPM, MS, BCS, SAN, HSBC, WFC, BAC, UBS, DB, RBS, C, USB, ING, LYG, CSBanks may be hit with tougher capital rules, NY Times reports
The Basel Committee on Bank Supervision could place further restrictions on the amount of borrowed money that banks are allowed to use to do business, the head of the committee hinted, The New York Times reported yesterday afternoon. American regulators and many experts have supported the idea of implementing tougher capital requirements for banks, the newspaper noted. Reference Link
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November 17, 2015
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 EDTBAC, DB, C, JPM, WFC, BCSClearing House to hold a conference
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07:48 EDTMS, JPM, WFCBofa/Merrill to hold a conference
Banking & Financial Services Conference 2015 is being held in New York on November 17-18.
06:09 EDTUBS, SANUBS to acquire SPB Italia, terms not disclosed, Reuters reports
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November 16, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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14:06 EDTCCiti reports October credit loss 2.27% vs. 2.29% last month
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11:31 EDTGSBlackstone to sell GCA Services Group to Thomas H. Lee Partners and Goldman Sach
Blackstone (BX) announced that private equity funds it manages have agreed to sell GCA Services Group to a consortium of the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs (GS) and Thomas H. Lee Partners. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.
11:24 EDTBAC, DB, JPM, WFC, C, BCSClearing House to hold a conference
Clearing House Annual Conference is being held in New York on November 16-18.
10:12 EDTBACBank of America reports October default rate 2.57% vs. 2.44% last month
Reports October delinquency rate 1.68% vs. 1.65% last month.
09:59 EDTCOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
09:42 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports October net credit losses 2.22% vs. 2.21% last month
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09:07 EDTCCiti completes OneMain sale
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08:58 EDTJPMAmerican Express slips following Marriott, Starwood deal announcement
Shares of American Express (AXP) are slipping in pre-market trading following the news that Marriott (MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) have agreed to merge. In early June, American Express and Starwood announced new benefits to the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card. Marriott, however, has its co-brand program with JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and the early weakness in American Express shares could reflect concern over a potential change in the merged hotels' co-brand relationships. In pre-market trading, AxEx shares are down about 0.5% to $70.88.
08:38 EDTCSpringleaf downgraded after settlement on acquisition reached at BMO Capital
As noted earlier, BMO Capital downgraded Springleaf to Market Perform from Outperform. The firm noted that it had recommended buying the stock based on its belief that the company's acquisition of OneMain from Citi (C) had a higher probability of closing than was reflected by the shares. The firm downgraded Spingleaf after the company reached a settlement with governments that will enable the deal to close.
07:40 EDTGSBuffett says lower stakes in Goldman, Wal-Mart doesn't reflect lower confidence
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07:36 EDTGSBerkshire Hathaway discloses new AT&T stake in quarterly update
Berkshire Hathaway gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning. NEW STAKES: AT&T (T), Kraft Heinz (KHC), Liberty Lilac Group (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Phillips 66 (PSX), Charter (CHTR), Liberty Media (LMCK), Suncor (SU), General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: Goldman Sachs (GS), Wal-Mart (WMT), Deere (DE), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI), WABCO (WBC). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Viacom (VIAB).
06:48 EDTGSGoldman, Thomas H. Lee agree to buy GCA Services from Blackstone, Reuters says
According to sources, Reuters reports that the private equity unit of Goldman Sachs (GS) and Thomas H. Lee Partners have agreed to buy GCA Services Group, a facility management company, from Blackstone (BX) for about $1B, including debt. Goldman and Thomas H. Lee will have equal participation in the consortium that will buy GCA. Reference Link
05:37 EDTCCiti appointed successor depository bank for Technip ADR program
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