Mois : juillet 2019

UPDATE 1-MetLife quarterly profit doubles on derivative gains

() – U.S. insurer MetLife Inc (MET.N) on Wednesday reported quarterly profit that doubled from a year ago, boosted by strong derivative gains. FILE PHOTO: A MetLife Inc building is shown in Irvine, California, U.S., January 24, 2017. /Mike BlakeMetLife recorded $724 million in derivative gains in the second quarter, reflecting changes in equity markets

Prudential posts slight rise in quarterly operating income

() – U.S. life insurer Prudential Financial Inc (PRU.N) posted a 0.7% rise in adjusted operating income on Wednesday, helped by strength in its international insurance business. Prudential said adjusted operating income rose to $1.31 billion, or $3.14 per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $1.30 billion, or $3.01 per share, a

UPDATE 1-Fitbit lowers 2019 revenue forecast, shares sink 16%

() – Wearable device maker Fitbit Inc (FIT.N) forecast third-quarter revenue below analysts’ estimates and lowered its 2019 sales outlook as the company expects weak smartwatch sales and lower average selling price. FILE PHOTO: Visitors walk past an advertising billboard for Fitbit Ionic watches at the IFA Electronics Show in Berlin, Germany, September 1, 2017.

UPDATE 1-Carlyle to give shareholders a vote in switch to corporation

() – Carlyle Group LP (CG.O) emulated its peers on Wednesday with plans to convert from a publicly traded partnership into a corporation, and went one step further by announcing it will become the first U.S. private equity firm to hold shareholder votes. FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Carlyle Group is displayed at the

Canada’s Conservative Party sets fundraising records as election looms

OTTAWA () – The Conservative Party of Canada outpaced the governing Liberal party of Canada by C$3.5 million ($2.7 million) in second-quarter fundraising, financial returns showed on Wednesday, ahead of an October national election. FILE PHOTO: Conservative leader Andrew Scheer speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario,

UPDATE 1-Biden and Harris to square off in Round 2 of Democratic presidential debate

DETROIT () – Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and rival Kamala Harris will stage a rematch of last month’s explosive debate confrontation during Round 2 on Wednesday, with a re-energized Biden promising a more aggressive approach. Democratic U.S. Presidential candidate Joe Biden addresses the audience during the Presidential candidate forum at the annual convention of

Swiss president sees no quick progress in EU treaty row

ZURICH, July 31 () – Swiss President Ueli Maurer played down prospects for quickly ending a standoff with the European Union over a stalled partnership treaty that has disrupted cross-border stock trading and strained ties with Switzerland’s main trading partner. Maurer, a member of the right-wing and EU-sceptical Swiss People’s Party, suggested no deal was

JPMorgan lowers benchmark interest rate following Fed rate cut

NEW YORK, July 31 () – The largest U.S. bank by assets, JPMorgan Chase & Co, lowered its prime rate, a benchmark for a wide range of consumer and commercial loans, for the first time in more than a decade on Wednesday, following a rate cut from the Federal Reserve. Starting Aug. 1, the bank’s

Freddie net income falls, to pay U.S. $1.8 bln in dividends

NEW YORK () – Freddie Mac’s net income fell in the second quarter from a year-ago due to derivative losses, while it will pay the U.S. Treasury Department $1.8 billion in dividends by September, the mortgage finance agency said on Wednesday. Its income totaled $1.506 billion in the second quarter, down from $2.503 billion in

UPDATE 5-GE lifts forecast but warns Boeing grounding may cost $1.4 bln

() – General Electric Co (GE.N) raised its 2019 forecast on Wednesday, but disclosed more than $1 billion in potential costs from Boeing’s grounded 737 MAX jetliner, puncturing an early share rally. The General Electric Co. logo is seen on the company’s corporate headquarters building in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. July 23, 2019. Picture taken July

Fed rate cuts could help cheap U.S. small-cap stocks gain favor

NEW YORK () – Shares of smaller U.S. companies have gotten cheap over the past year, significantly lagging their large-cap counterparts, and could be poised for a turnaround following a highly anticipated interest-rate cut from the Federal Reserve. FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the main trading floor of New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) after the

Record highs in U.S. stock market not enough to attract fund investors

FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., June 24, 2019. /Brendan McDermid/File PhotoNEW YORK () – Investors retreated from the U.S. stock market last week despite the benchmark S&P 500 reaching new record highs, pulling nearly $9.1 billion from mutual funds and exchange-traded funds

UBS plans to charge rich clients for Swiss cash deposits

FILE PHOTO: A man walks past a UBS logo projected on a screen in Singapore, January 14, 2019. /Feline Lim/File PhotoZURICH () – UBS Group will impose from November a negative interest rate of 0.75% on wealthy clients who deposit more than 2 million Swiss francs ($2.02 million) with its Swiss bank, it said on

Devil in the data as funds call for scrutiny of LSE’s Refinitiv deal

LONDON () – Some trading and investment firms are calling for competition regulators to scrutinize London Stock Exchange’s (LSE.L) proposed $27 billion takeover of financial information provider Refinitiv to prevent further market data price hikes. FILE PHOTO: The London Stock Exchange Group offices are seen in the City of London, Britain, December 29, 2017. /Toby

EXPLAINER-What do you do after a data breach?

() – A hacker has stolen the personal information of over 100 million people from Capital One Financial Corp (COF.N), the company said this week, in the latest high-profile breach of sensitive consumer data. FILE PHOTO: The logo and ticker for Capital One are displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York

CORRECTED-Ethiopia opens up banking sector to its diaspora

ADDIS ABABA () – Ethiopia’s parliament passed a bill on Wednesday to open up the country’s financial sector to an estimated five million of its citizens who have taken other nationalities, including allowing them to buy shares in local banks and start lending businesses. A client uses an automated teller machine (ATM) at the Commercial

WeWork hosts analysts before IPO; debt, lease obligations in focus

NEW YORK, July 31 () – Wall Street banks are set to grill WeWork on its finances on Wednesday as it prepares to publicly sell stock for the first time, possibly in September, a sale that will create a benchmark for the rapidly expanding flexible office industry. WeWork declined to comment on the analyst day,

As bourse battle rumbles on, Swiss stock exchange scores early win

LONDON () – Swiss stock volumes have soared this month to their highest in years as a ban on trading on euro zone platforms forced market participants onto the domestic exchange, upending trade flows in Europe while a row between Brussels and Bern rumbles on. FILE PHOTO: A long exposure shows traffic flowing past the

What a Fed rate cut means for your wallet

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON () – A decision by the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates may do little at this point to cut some of the costs that matter to many U.S. consumers. FILE PHOTO: Federal Reserve Board building on Constitution Avenue is pictured in Washington, U.S., March 19, 2019. /Leah Millis/File PhotoFrom mortgages to credit

BlackRock raises $2 billion for Global Credit Opportunities Fund

FILE PHOTO: The company logo and trading information for BlackRock is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., March 30, 2017. /Brendan McDermid() – BlackRock Inc, the world’s largest asset management firm, said on Wednesday it had raised $2 billion for its flagship opportunistic

UPDATE 2-Boeing supplier Spirit tops estimates despite MAX groundings

() – Spirit AeroSystems (SPR.N) beat Wall Street estimates for quarterly profit on Wednesday, as Boeing’s (BA.N) biggest supplier continued to make and sell parts for the planemaker’s grounded 737 MAX while demand for other aircraft held up. Spirit, whose shares have fallen more than 20% since a fatal MAX crash on March 10, were

SESAC seen pricing $560 mln bond deal Friday -source

July 31 () – SESAC, whose clients include Adele, Bob Dylan and Neil Diamond, is expected to price a two-part $560 million bond offering backed by music royalties and licensing agreements on Friday, according to a source familiar with the deal on Wednesday. The largest piece of the securitization is a fixed-rate note, worth $530

UPDATE 3-GE posts loss, takes Boeing hit but raises forecast; CFO to leave

() – General Electric Co (GE.N) raised its 2019 forecast on Wednesday, helped by improvement in its industrial businesses, even as its latest earnings dipped into the red after two profitable quarters, sending shares up 3 percent in premarket trading. The General Electric Co. logo is seen on the company’s corporate headquarters building in Boston,

Ethiopia opens up banking sector to diaspora, dual-nationals

ADDIS ABABA () – Ethiopia’s parliament passed a bill on Wednesday to open up the country’s financial sector to an estimated five million citizens living abroad or with dual nationality, including allowing them to buy shares in local banks and start lending businesses. The changes are part of a raft of economic reforms initiated by