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June 3, 2014
04:55 EDTTRV, TRV, TRV, MET, MET, MET, BCS, BCS, BCS, BAC, BAC, BAC, PRU, PRU, PRU, AIG, AIG, AIG, IBM, IBM, IBM, ACGL, ACGL, ACGL, ENH, ENH, ENH, AAWW, AAWW, AAWW, GS, GS, GS, ALL, ALL, ALL, CNA, CNA, CNA, XL, XL, XL, PRI, PRI, PRIStandard & Poor's to hold a conference
30th Annual Standard & Poor’s Insurance Conference to be held in New York on June 3-5.
News For TRV;XL;CNA;ALL;GS;AAWW;ENH;ACGL;IBM;AIG;PRU;BAC;BCS;MET;PRI From The Last 14 Days
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January 29, 2016
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; January 29, 2016
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13:02 EDTBCSBarclays names Venkatakrishnan chief risk officer
Barclays (BCS) has named C.S. Venkatakrishnan as Chief Risk Officer. Venkatakrishnan joins Barclays from JP Morgan Chase (JPM) where he has been the Head of Model Risk and Development since 2012 and Head of Operational Risk since September 2013. He will join the Executive Committee of Barclays and report directly to the group CEO Jes Staley. Once Mr Venkatakrishnan assumes his new role, current Chief Risk Officer Robert Le Blanc will become Vice Chair of Risk and Strategy, reporting to Staley. Reference Link
10:05 EDTBACOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Atlassian (TEAM) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... BRF S.A. (BRFS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA... CEMEX (CX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Computer Programs (CPSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... DST Systems (DST) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... First Merchants (FRME) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Flex (FLEX) upgraded on solid results at Stifel... Intercept (ICPT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Live Oak Bancshares (LOB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Microsemi (MSCC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... NetSuite (N) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Oshkosh (OSK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... PC Connection (PCCC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Pinnacle Financial (PNFP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Potash (POT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotiabank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Sotherly Hotels (SOHO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Textura (TXTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Valley National (VLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill.
08:52 EDTGSSiemens hires Goldman Sachs to advise on potential Gamesa deal, Reuters says
Siemens (SIEGY) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) as an advisor for its potential acquisition of Spanish wind farm manufacturer and operator Gamesa, Reuters reports, citing two people familiar with the matter. One of the sources told Reuters that it was still unclear what the structure of such a transaction would be. Reference Link
08:21 EDTBAC, BACBank of America upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA
CLSA analyst Mike Mayo upgraded Bank of America two notches to Outperform from Sell and increased his price target to $16 from $15 on shares. Mayo is more positive on large U.S. banks, saying their stocks are at "recession prices" without a recession, and said Bank of America is more resilient and could grow book value even in a recession. The analyst, who thinks BofA's book value is relatively clean, said the stock could become event-driven, given "lousy efficiency" and a valuation 20% below estimated Q4 tangible book value.
07:31 EDTBAC, GSBank, financial stocks look cheap, says Oppenheimer
After an index of bank stocks fell 19% since last summer, versus an 8% decline for the S&P, Oppenheimer says that "the group looks cheap." The firm says that banks' balance sheets will remain strong whether the economy is resilient or enters a downturn. The firm says that the banks' Q4 results were stable, and it expects the group to benefit from steady loan growth and slightly rising NIMs in 2016. Oppenheimer continues to recommend Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Discover (DFS), and Fifth Third (FITB)
January 28, 2016
18:19 EDTBACBank of America, Wells Fargo to integrate Apple Pay in ATMs, TechCrunch says
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16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; January 28, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 84c to 25.21 Option volume leaders: FB AAPL MSFT AMZN NFLX BAC BABA QCOM AAL MU C RIG
15:19 EDTIBMEarnings Watch: Hard drive makers report with analysts upbeat on SanDisk deal
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15:18 EDTIBMIBM to acquire digital marketing and creative agency Resource/Ammirati
IBM announced its intent to acquire Resource/Ammirati -- a US-based digital marketing and creative agency -- combining the companies' strategic, creative and technology talents to "address rising demand from businesses seeking to reinvent themselves for the digital economy and provide differentiated experiences to their customers." This is IBM's first acquisition of a digital marketing creative agency, the company said. The deal is projected to close in the first quarter of 2016, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions and applicable regulatory reviews. Financial details were not disclosed.
08:02 EDTPRUPrudential receives approval for acquisition of interest in Administradora
Prudential Financial said that it has obtained the approval of the Chilean Superintendence of Pensions for its previously announced proposed acquisition of an indirect ownership interest in Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones Habitat S.A. (AFP Habitat), a leading provider of retirement services in Chile that trades under the symbol HABITAT CI on the Santiago Stock Exchange. Prudential expects to acquire indirectly between approximately 34 and 40 percent of AFP Habitat from Inversiones La Construccion S.A., the investment subsidiary of the Chilean Construction Chamber, depending on the results of a pre-closing partial tender offer by a subsidiary of ILC to acquire up to 13 percent of AFP Habitat's outstanding shares from public shareholders at a price of $899.90 Chilean Pesos per share. ILC has announced that this tender will commence on January 28, 2016 and, unless extended, will expire on February 26, 2016. Following the completion of the tender offer, Prudential will acquire its indirect interest in the AFP Habitat shares from ILC for 899.90 Chilean Pesos per share, for a total purchase price of approximately US$430 million to US$510 million at current exchange rates. It is expected that the transaction will result in equal ownership positions for Prudential and ILC, with a controlling stake in AFP Habitat held through a joint holding company.
06:50 EDTBACBank of America loads up heavily on blockchain patents, CNBC reports
Bank of America is attempting to steal a march on the latest developments in the technology behind bitcoin by going big on blockchain-related patents, CNBC reports. Blockchain operates as a large, decentralized ledger for bitcoin which records each transaction and stores this information on a global network, the report notes. Bank of America is trying to patent some of the use cases of blockchain, having filed for 15 patents related to blockchain and is currently drafting an additional 20 to submit to the U.S. PTO, the report says. Reference Link
January 27, 2016
17:10 EDTAIGA.M. Best places AIG and subsidiaries' ratings under review
A.M. Best has placed under review with negative implications the issuer credit rating of American International Group and the financial strength ratings and ICRs of its insurance subsidiaries. The under review status reflects the strengthening of loss reserves in AIG's non-life business by $3.6 billion during the fourth quarter of 2015, primarily reflecting adverse development on prior accident years in longer-tailed lines of business. While the reserve actions are spread across a number of accident years, A.M. Best is concerned that approximately 41% of the strengthening relates to 2011-2013 accident years, for which either favorable or modestly adverse development had been previously reported, and the 2014 accident year. The total amount of the deficiency reported exceeds A.M. Best's assumptions of loss reserve deficiency, excluding the reversal of statutory discounts of reserves for workers' compensation. The under review status also considers the potential impact on the business profile and future earnings capacity of AIG of the strategic actions being taken by management to improve profitability and efficiency and maximize shareholder value.
16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; January 28, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.02 to 26.01. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC NFLX FCX BABA AA X VZ BA T
11:09 EDTAIGOptions with increasing put volume
Options with increasing put volume: RDN MTG HES BKD TAP RRC GG MTW AIG CLR PYPL
10:10 EDTBACActive calls: XOM AAPL SPY BAC UUP
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09:32 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB AMZN AAL BAC PCLN NFLX MRK GOOG
09:29 EDTIBMFacebook data center project supported by telco heavyweights, FT reports
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06:59 EDTTRV, AIGAIG goals look too optimistic, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Joshua Shanker says that if AIG (AIG) hits its stated goal of 600 basis point reduction in Commercial P&C loss ratio through 2017, its core loss ratio would be better than both Travelers (TRV) and the new Chubb (CB). Shanker views the goal as too optimistic and is not modeling for it entirely in his model. He keeps a Hold rating on AIG with a $60 price target.
06:01 EDTIBMIBM names Ford President and CEO Mark Fields to board, effective March 1
The IBM (IBM) board of directors yesterday elected Mark Fields to the board effective March 1, 2016. Fields is president and CEO, Ford (F). Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO, said: "We are pleased that Mark will be joining the IBM board of directors. Mark led the highly successful transformation of his company in a competitive industry where technology has driven innovation. He is leading Ford into a future where cars are not only vehicles, but increasingly becoming mobile technology platforms. His knowledge and insights in running a complex global business will make a significant contribution to IBM."
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