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December 3, 2012
06:08 EDTMS, WPPGY, IPG, GS, PUBGY, BP, CVX, XOM, RDS.AOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Exporting the U.S. shale energy revolution overseas is giving the U.S. a significant competitive advantage. While there are huge shale deposits outside of North America, oil companies are running into obstacles as they try to replicate the U.S. experience on other continents. The result is that significant overseas shale energy production could be a decade away, the Wall Street Journal reports...Three major ad firms, WPP (WPPGY), Publicis Groupe (PUBGY) and Interpublic Group (IPG), are revising down their projections for 2013 global ad spending growth, citing economic troubles in Europe and lackluster conditions in the U.S., among other factors, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Wall Street banks, including Morgan Stanley (MS) and Goldman Sachs (GS), are looking to help offshore clients sidestep new U.S. rules designed to safeguard the world's $640T over-the-counter derivatives market, taking advantage of an exemption that risks undermining U.S. regulators' efforts, Reuters reports...The U.K.’s Public Accounts Committee called on the government to crack down on multinational companies that make substantial sales in Britain but pay little tax there, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: China may maintain its annual economic growth target at 7.5% next year in a sign the new leadership headed by Xi Jinping won’t tolerate a bigger slowdown from the lowest goal since 2004, Bloomberg reports...Hedge funds increased bullish bets on commodities by the most since August as evidence that China is accelerating outweighed concern that U.S. lawmakers have yet to resolve an impasse over automatic spending cuts and tax rises, Bloomberg reports.
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March 19, 2015
06:06 EDTGSSunrun powers up for IPO later this year, WSJ reports
Sunrun, a solar-energy company, is said to be working with Credit Suisse (CS) and Goldman Sachs (GS) on a potential IPO for later this year, sources tell The Wall Street Journal, which adds that the company was valued at $1.3B as of March 2014. Other solar companies that have gone public in recent years include residential solar installers like Vivint Solar (VSLR), backed by Blackstone (BX), and SolarCity (SCTY), backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
16:00 EDTBPOptions Update; March 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.20 to 26.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL RAD PBR TWTR FB TSLA CLF BP MGM according to Track Data.
10:03 EDTBPBP call activity attributed to renewed takeover speculation
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09:56 EDTBP, CVXRumor: BP strength attributed to takeover speculation
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08:31 EDTAAgilent names president and COO Mike McMullen as CEO
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07:27 EDTGSFreeport seeks funding from Blackstone, Apollo, Reuters says
Freeport McMoRan (FCX) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Barclays (BCS) to find private equity firms willing to finance certain of its energy projects and asset developments, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Freeport is in talks with Blackstone (BX), Apollo (APO), and Warburg Pincus about a potential partnership. The sources say the firm may be seeking "several billion dollars," though discussions are in "very early" stages. Reference Link
07:02 EDTBPExterran nominates five new directors to board
Exterran Holdings (EXH) announced that its Board of Directors has nominated the following individuals for election to the Exterran Holdings Board at the Company’s 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on April 28: Anne-Marie N. Ainsworth – former President and CEO of the general partner of Oiltanking Partners, L.P. (OILT); Frances Powell Hawes – independent financial consultant and former CFO of NCI Building Systems (NCS); James H. Lytal – independent energy consultant and former President of Gulfterra Energy Partners LP; Richard R. Stewart- former President and CEO of GE Aero Energy (GE); and Ieda Gomes Yell – Managing Director of Energix Strategy Ltd. and former President of BP Brazil (BP). “In November 2014, we announced a plan to separate Exterran’s international contract operations, international aftermarket services and global fabrication businesses into an independent, publicly traded company in the second half of 2015,” said Mark Sotir, Executive Chairman of the Board. “Our Board has nominated these additional well qualified director candidates in anticipation of certain of Exterran’s directors resigning from the Board at the time of the separation in order to join the board of directors of the new publicly traded company. We have not yet reached a final determination regarding which directors will remain on Exterran’s Board and which directors will join the board of directors of SpinCo at the time of the separation.”
06:16 EDTXOMAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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06:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs prices 6M shares of specialty lending arm, WSJ reports
According to a source, late yesterday, Goldman Sachs priced 6M shares of Goldman Sachs BDC, its specialty lending arm, at $20 per share with the shares set to begin trading today, The Wall Street Journal reports. Shares of Goldman Sachs BDC will trade under the ticker symbol "GSBD." Reference Link
March 17, 2015
11:38 EDTWPPGYWPP CEO confirms interest in Tesco Dunnhumby unit, City A.M. says
WPP (WPPGY) CEO Martin Sorrell confirmed the company is interested in acquiring Tesco's (TSCDY) Dunnhumby data unit, estimated to be worth as much as $2B, reports City A.M., citing statements given at the Media & Telecoms conference in London. Sorrell noted he was specifically interested in the company's Clubcard loyalty program. Tesco is likely to pursue a majority stake selloff rather than full divestiture, notes the article. Reference Link
09:11 EDTBPBP study criticized by Gulf oil spill trustees, Financial Times says
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08:27 EDTBPBP says environmental assessment shows most spill impact of short duration
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March 16, 2015
13:05 EDTMSMorgan Stanley's quarter not shaping up to be strong one, says Rafferty Capital
Rafferty Capital's Dick Bove said Morgan Stanley's current quarter is not shaping up to be a strong one. Bove said industry trade data from the NY Federal Reserve Bank is not that encouraging with fall offs in numbers in key categories. The analyst believes trading is flat to down overall in the quarter and investment banking its not fairing much better. Bove still views Morgan Stanley among his top picks for 2015 despite near-term issues.
12:33 EDTMSMorgan Stanley may be challenged in quarter, says Rafferty Capital
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11:11 EDTBP, XOM, CVXOPEC sees oil prices to hit U.S. oil output by late 2015, Reuters says
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09:26 EDTCVXAtwood Oceanics Atwood Osprey to be out of service for 30 days due to cyclone
Atwood Oceanics (ATW) announced that its semisubmersible drilling unit, the Atwood Osprey, parted several mooring lines and drifted approximately three nautical miles from its original position during Cyclone Olwyn, which impacted the northwest coast of Australia on March 12. The rig is currently stable with a support vessel in position, and preliminary results indicate minimal damage with an estimated maximum of 30 days out of service time for repairs. No rig personnel were injured in the event. The Atwood Osprey is contracted to Chevron Australia (CVX) and was on location at the Iago 1B well. The well had been shut down and secured in accordance with Chevron's cyclone demobilization procedures and the rig had ballasted down and evacuated all its rig personnel in advance of the cyclone. Atwood Oceanics is coordinating its efforts with Chevron, the Australian offshore regulator and other affected parties.
08:06 EDTCVXCB&I awarded technology and FEED contracts for coker unit
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07:16 EDTWPPGYConsumer Analyst Group of Europe to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTWPPGYWPP in race to buy majority stake in Dunnhumby, Telegraph reports
According to sources, WPP PLC (WPPGY) has entered the race to buy a majority stake in Tesco (TSCDY)-owned consumer behavior tracker Dunnhumby, The Telegraph reports. Dunnhumby could be valued at up to GBP2B, the publication says. Reference Link
March 15, 2015
17:49 EDTBPBP and Egypt in $12B energy deal, Reuters says
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