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News For NYX;NDAQ;GS;CS From The Last 14 Days
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July 31, 2015
06:40 EDTGSU.S. banks prepared to take advantage of Euro lenders' cautions, WSJ says
U.S. banks are preparing to advance in the sector after reporting earnings, with executives touting the gloom coming from their European counterparts as a major opportunity to capitalize on their newfound advantage, the Wall Street Journal reports. On Thursday, Deutsche Bank (DB) CEO John Cryan said that the company must "shrink" its balance sheet, while Barclays (BCS) chairman John McFarlane said that Wall Street lenders are "an enormous threat" to Euro investment banks, the report says. On the other hand, Morgan Stanley (MS) chairman James Gorman said after reporting earnings last week that the company is poised to advanced in the debt trading sector, and that "there's a potential for, over a period of time, share gain for our business," the report says. In addition, Goldman Sachs finance chief Harvey Schwartz said that the company is "seeing potential big restructuring on the European side," the report adds. Publicly traded companies in the European space 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). Publicly traded companies in the U.S. 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
July 30, 2015
15:00 EDTNDAQNASDAQ, Markit are potential suitors for IDC, WSJ reports
Nasdaq (NDAQ) and Markit (MRKT), in addition to some private equity firms, are potential bidders for financial data provider Interactive Data Corp., says the Wall Street Journal. A deal for IDC, which is pursuing a possible sale or IPO, could value the company at over $5B, including debt, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
14:43 EDTNDAQNASDAQ, Markit have expressed interest in IDC, WSJ reports
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06:55 EDTGSBanks pitch total-return swaps as stock purchase alternative, WSJ reports
Banks have been pitching certain hedge fund clients on using derivatives instead of actual stocks when placing certain bets in an effort to lessen the impact of new capital rules on the banks' businesses, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the efforts. The shift involves derivatives known as total-return swaps that mirror the effects of owning a stock or other asset, the report says. Units of Bank of America (BAC), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), and UBS (UBS) are among the banks asking clients to shift trades into total-return swaps instead of underlying securities, the report says. Reference Link
06:25 EDTCSSamson Resources plans to file for bankruptcy protection, NY Post reports
Samson Resources plans to file for bankruptcy protection "within days," the New York Post reports. KKR (KKR) is slated to lose its approximately $2B investment in the firm, the report says. Cerberus Capital Management, Silver Point Capital, and Credit Suisse (CS) are among the second-lien lenders that hold roughly $1B in debt and will take over Samson in exchange for their loans as part of a prepackaged bankruptcy, the report says. Reference Link
July 27, 2015
10:29 EDTCSCase against Credit Suisse over 'dark pools' prepped by NY AG, Fox Business says
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is readying to bring a civil case against Credit Suisse over high-frequency trading abuses through its Crossfinder “dark pools,” according to Fox Business' Charlie Gasparino. Reference Link
09:53 EDTGSFINRA fines Goldman Sachs Execution & Clearing $1.8M for OATS violations
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06:26 EDTGSSymphony Communication eyes $1B funding round, WSJ reports
Symphony Communication Services, an instant-messaging software company backed by Wall Street firms including Goldman Sachs (GS), is eyeing an investment round that may value it at as much as $1B, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The startup is canvassing a range of possible new investors, including venture-capital funds and additional financial firms, the report says. Symphony also wants funds from its existing backers, including Goldman, Morgan Stanley (MS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), and BlackRock (BLK), the report says. Reference Link
July 23, 2015
10:40 EDTGSGoldman Sachs July weekly calls active
Goldman Sachs July 215 and 217.5 weekly calls are active on total call volume of 10K contracts (1K puts). July weekly call option implied volatility is at 18, August and October is at 16; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 28. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for near term price movement.
08:38 EDTNDAQNASDAQ says valuations in deal market 'frothy'
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08:16 EDTNDAQNASDAQ backs FY15 operating expense view of $1.085B-$1.11B
08:15 EDTNDAQNASDAQ says U.S. IPO win rate was 70% for Q2
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08:12 EDTNDAQNASDAQ CEO says NFX to begin trading tomorrow
Greifeld said, "As we move into the second half of 2015, we look forward to continuing our strong performance in foundational equity listings and trading businesses, working to accelerate growth through product enhancements and other initiatives, and to launching NFX, a broad-based partnership with leading market participants to bring more significant choice to the energy derivatives market." NASDAQ CEO Bob Greifeld made the comments in the company's press release and during its Q2 earnings conference call.
07:07 EDTNDAQNASDAQ reports Q2 EPS 83c, consensus 80c
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06:56 EDTGSBarber Foods possible $2B sale delayed due to chicken recall, NY Post says
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06:47 EDTNDAQNasdaq, NYSE plan deal for closing auction back ups, WSJ reports
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06:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs implied volatility of 15 at lower end of index mean range
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05:47 EDTCSCredit Suisse reports Q2 EPS CHF 0.61 vs. (CHF 0.45) last year
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July 22, 2015
09:59 EDTCSCredit Suisse CEO considers possible acquisition, FT reports
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July 21, 2015
08:35 EDTGSVarian Medical signs agreement to operate first proton facility in New York
Varian Medical Systems (VAR) announced that it has entered into an agreement with New York Proton Management, a consortium of leading New York healthcare institutions including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Health System, Montefiore Health System, and ProHEALTH Medical Management formed to operate The New York Proton Center, the first proton facility in New York State. Varian will provide the center, which will have four treatment rooms and a research room, with its ProBeam system, as well as 10 years of service for approximately $115M. The center, which will be located in Manhattan, is expected to open for treatment in the first half of 2018. Varian expects to book the equipment portion of the order in Q4 with the remainder of the order to be booked in accordance with the company's policies over the term of the agreement. Under an agreement with MM Proton I, LLC, the project developer, Varian's international subsidiary in Switzerland will provide $91.5M in project financing, including a six-and-half-year $73M senior first lien loan at 9% interest and a six-and-half-year $18.5M subordinate loan at up to 13.5% interest. Other lenders for the $242.7M in total project loans include JPMorgan Chase Bank (JPM) and an affiliate of The Goldman Sachs Group (GS). The project facility is managed by Murphy & McManus, a Boston-based developer of healthcare and life science facilities and Norton Travis of NLT Advisors served as project coordinator on behalf of the consortium.
07:13 EDTGSGoldman Sachs applies to own, trade Saudi stocks, Bloomberg reports
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July 20, 2015
13:03 EDTGSFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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July 19, 2015
19:12 EDTGSFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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