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  • Tue, May 3, 2:54 AM
    • HSBC's first-quarter earnings fell 18.2%, but beat forecasts, as the British bank grappled with its Asia strategy.
    • Profits also slumped at UBS, as its wealth-management business suffered and its investment bank failed to pick up the slack.
    • BNP Paribas (OTCQX:BNPQF) reported a jump in net income despite difficult markets, following lower provisions against bad retail loans and a debt valuation adjustment.
    • Market turbulence and low interest rates dragged down the earnings of Commerzbank (OTCPK:CRZBY), which posted a 52% drop in Q1 net profit.
    | Tue, May 3, 2:54 AM | 3 Comments
  • May 30, 2013, 3:06 AM
    Fiat (FIATY.PK) is reportedly in negotiations with major banks to borrow up to $10B that the Italian carmaker would use to acquire the 41.5% of Chrysler it doesn't own and refinance the two companies' debt at lower interest rates. The banks include Bank of America (BAC), Deutsche Bank (DB), Goldman Sachs (GS) (GS) and BNP Paribas (BNOBF.PK). Fiat's purchase of the holding is being held up by a legal dispute over the value of the stake.
    | May 30, 2013, 3:06 AM | 3 Comments
  • Apr. 28, 2013, 3:17 AM

    Credit Suisse (CS) and Texas-based Lone Star Funds have agreed to pay €6.7B ($8.7B) to acquire the the assets of Royal Park Investments, a vehicle created in May 2009 to manage the toxic assets of Belgium's collapsed Fortis bank. The Belgian government, one of Royal Park's largest shareholders, will receive €1B, thereby allowing it to cut its debt by 0.2% of GDP. Fortis successor company Ageas, an insurer, will receive €1.04B. (PR)

    | Apr. 28, 2013, 3:17 AM
  • Feb. 26, 2013, 6:08 AM
    Low interest rates may be hurting corporate pension funds, but companies continue to exploit the opportunity to issue debt on the cheap, with eight yesterday selling $9.9B in bonds. Pepsi (PEP) led the way by raising $2.5B, followed by UnitedHealth (UNH) with $2.25B and Caterpillar Financial Services (CAT) with $1.1B.
    | Feb. 26, 2013, 6:08 AM
  • Jun. 22, 2012, 3:52 AM
    Of the EU-listed banks whose ratings have been cut by Moody's, Credit Suisse (CS) was -1.05% in European trading, UBS -0.3%, HSBC (HBC) -0.1%, Barclays (BCS) flat, Deutsche Bank (DB) -0.2%, BNP Paribas (BNOBF.PK) flat, RBS -0.8%, SocGen (SCGLF.PK) +0.4%, Credit Agricole (CRARY.PK) +0.4%.
    | Jun. 22, 2012, 3:52 AM
  • Feb. 21, 2012, 4:30 PM

    Wells Fargo (WFC) has agreed to buy an energy loan portfolio with a face value of $11B from BNP Paribas (BNOBF.PK). Only $4B of the loans have thus far been drawn by borrowers. The deal is part of a broader effort by BNP to reduce its balance sheet by ~10% by year's end. Many other European banks are also conducting asset sales.(previously)

    | Feb. 21, 2012, 4:30 PM
  • Jan. 27, 2012, 6:03 AM
    BNP Paribas (BNOBF.PK) is reportedly attempting to sell up to $11B of loans to oil and gas companies as it looks to bulk up its capital buffers. BNP has has received interest from Wells Fargo (WFC) and other U.S. banks, and has been getting offers with a discount of under 5%. The debt has also attracted potential Canadian buyers.
    | Jan. 27, 2012, 6:03 AM
  • Jan. 27, 2012, 3:28 AM
    EU stocks open down following mixed U.S. data yesterday, with banks and mining stocks leading the way. Credit Agricole (CRARY.PK) is -3.3% and BNP Paribas (BNOBF.PK) -2.4% following downgrades by JP Morgan Cazenove. Euro STOXX 50 -0.4%, London -0.5%, Paris -0.4%, Frankfurt -0.2%.
    | Jan. 27, 2012, 3:28 AM | 1 Comment
  • Sep. 6, 2011, 4:45 AM
    JPMorgan sees 81% upside potential in Deutsche Bank (DB +0.3% in Frankfurt). Firm expects liquidity and capital requirements to reduce industry EPS by 24%, and recommends banks with the lowest costs, such as DB and UBS (UBS +1.2%). DB replaces BNP Paribas (BNOBF.PK) as its core European "default" bank.
    | Sep. 6, 2011, 4:45 AM
  • May 18, 2011, 9:56 AM

    S&P opines on the supposedly new and improved European bank stress tests, saying politics makes it impossible for regulators to assume true stress, i.e. a sovereign restructuring. The agency notes bond yields on the periphery exceed even the most severe assumptions in last year's tests.

    | May 18, 2011, 9:56 AM