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July 23, 2014
07:45 EDTSCHW, BXSEC to approve money fund rules with exemptions for discount brokers, WSJ says
New money-market mutual fund rules that are expected to be approved at a Securities and Exchange Commission meeting on Wednesday will exempt discount brokers like Charles Schwab (SCHW) from some provisions, reported The Wall Street Journal. Under the SEC's planned rules, "prime" money funds that are held by corporations and institutional investors will have to abandon a fixed $1-a-share price and float in value like other mutual funds, according to the report, citing people familiar with the matter. Analysts said Schwab and other large money-fund sponsors, Vanguard and Fidelity, would do well under the plan, according to the report. Blackstone (BX) also offers money-market mutual funds. Reference Link
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January 30, 2015
08:37 EDTBXBlackstone forms utility and heavy equipment platform
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05:52 EDTBXStocks with implied volatility movement; BRKB BX
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January 29, 2015
07:20 EDTBXBlackstone reports Q4 ENI $1.25, consensus 93c
Reports Q4 revenue $2.14B, consensus $1.81B. At year end , total AUM was $290.3B, up 9% year-over-year. Fee-earning AUM $216.69B, up 9%.
06:43 EDTBXFTC issues subpoenas regarding Sysco, US Foods merger, NY Post says
Indicating further delays and possible cancellation of the deal, regulators from the Federal Trade Commission sent subpoenas to a third-party food distributor this week regarding Sysco's (SYY) $8.2B merger with US Foods, reports the New York Post, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation. The source said it is "shockingly unclear" whether the FTC is gathering information in order to approve the deal or to block it. Blackstone's (BX) Performance Food Group, which earlier agreed to buy $5B of Sysco assets to make Sysco's merger more palatable to regulators, did not receive a subpoena. Reference Link
January 28, 2015
09:06 EDTBXBlackstone announces partnership with Raider Hill Advisors
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January 27, 2015
09:25 EDTBXBlackstone raises energy-sector credit fund, Reuters says
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January 26, 2015
10:23 EDTBXBlackstone announces sale of Gold Fields House in Sydney
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07:55 EDTBXBlackstone to sell Sydney office building to Dalian Wanda, Reuters reports
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January 23, 2015
12:00 EDTSCHWE-Trade rallies after Q4 results beat estimates, capital plan approved
Shares of online broker E-Trade Financial (ETFC) are rising after the company’s fourth quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and announced it has received regulatory approval realign its organizational structure. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, E-Trade reported Q4 adjusted earnings per share of 26c and revenue of $461M, topping analysts' consensus estimates of 23c and $445.11M, respectively. Quarterly results excluded a $59M pre-tax loss on early extinguishment of corporate debt. For the quarter, Daily Average Revenue Trades, or DARTs, were 168,000, an increase of 10% from the third quarter. The company ended Q4 with 3.1 million brokerage accounts, an increase of 17,000 from the end of Q3, and brokerage account attrition for Q4 was 9.1%. E-Trade said that the company added $3.5B in net new brokerage assets in Q4, or an annualized growth rate of 5.8%. The company also ended the quarter with $290B in total customer assets, compared with $282B at the end of Q3. Provision for loan losses was $10M in Q4, unchanged from Q3, while net-charge offs were $7M, comapred with $10M in Q3. The company reported bank and consolidated Tier 1 leverage ratios of 10.6% and 8.1%, respectively, as of December 31, compared with 10.4% and 7.7% in the prior quarter. WHAT’S NOTABLE: E-Trade announced that it has received regulatory approval to operate E*TRADE Bank at a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 9%, and realign its organizational structure by moving its two broker-dealers-- E*Trade Securities and E*Trade Clearing -- from under E*Trade Bank, which it says will simplify the distribution of capital generated by those entities to the parent company. E*Trade Securities will be moved in early February, while the move of E*Trade Clearing is expected to be completed later in the year. The approval to move these subsidiaries allows the company to distribute approximately $430M of their excess capital to the parent, the company added. Separately, the company announced on its earnings conference call that Chief Marketing Officer Liza Landsman will leave the company to pursue other opportunities. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Credit Suisse upgraded E-Trade to Outperform from Neutral. The firm believes E-Trade is on the path to unlock substantial value and views the company's regulatory approval to separate its broker dealer unit and release excess capital from the bank subsidiary is a "turning point" for value creation. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $28 from $24. Another firm, JMP Securities, said E-Trade achieved a "crucial milestone." After E-Trade announced that it had received approval to move forward on its capital plan, freeing up significant excess capital, JMP Securities believes that this development could add 50c-$1.00+ to the company's EPS. The firm kept a $28 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, E-Trade rose $2.05, or about 9.05%, to $24.70 on approximately twice its average daily trading volume. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained approximately 17% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other online brokers include Charles Schwab (SCHW) down 1.12%, TD Ameritrade (AMTD), down 0.4%, and Interactive Brokers (IBKR), up 1.34%.
09:38 EDTBXBlackstone acquires 160,000 SQM of logistics assets in Germany
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January 20, 2015
10:27 EDTBXSources: Blackstone to buy 36 apartment properties for $1.7B, Bloomberg reports
According to two sources, Blackstone will acquire 36 apartment properties across the U.S. that are being sold by Praedium Group for about $1.7B, Bloomberg reports. The properties, which contain about 11,000 apartments, are located in Washington, D.C., Boston, California and other cities. Reference Link
January 16, 2015
08:48 EDTSCHWCharles Schwab says EPS includes 1c gain
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08:47 EDTSCHWCharles Schwab reports Q4 EPS 25c, consensus 24c
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06:51 EDTSCHWCharles Schwab volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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