January 31, 2006 |
Morgan Stanley agreed to sell its aircraft leasing division for $2.5 billion in an effort by Chief Executive John Mack to seek higher returns by shedding a unit that doesn't fit the company's main business. Terra Firma Capital Partners, run by London financier Guy Hands, will buy Seattle-based AWAS and assume an undisclosed amount of debt, Morgan Stanley said Monday. The move allows Mack to cut by half the $1-billion charge he took last year to write down AWAS to a market value of $2 billion.
June 12, 2009 |
Money management giant BlackRock Inc. agreed Thursday to buy Barclays Global Investors -- including the iShares exchange-traded funds -- creating the world's biggest asset manager. The deal would boost BlackRock's assets to more than $2.7 trillion from $1.3 trillion, vaulting it well above its nearest rival, State Street Corp., which manages about $1.4 trillion. The takeover is a potential coup for 56-year-old BlackRock Chairman Larry Fink, a UCLA grad who founded the company in 1988.
October 18, 2006 |
MetLife Inc. said Tuesday that it had agreed to sell two adjoining Manhattan apartment complexes for $5.4 billion in one of the largest U.S. real estate transactions on record. The company said it would sell Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town to a joint venture of New York real estate developer Tishman Speyer and the realty unit of BlackRock Inc.
August 18, 2009 |
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York plans to get along without the help of bond giant Pimco or Goldman Sachs Group as the central bank continues its massive purchases of mortgage-backed securities. The New York Fed on Monday said it had "streamlined" its 8-month-old, $1.25-trillion program to buy mortgage bonds from four investment managers to two. Saying the changes were "not performance related," the bank said it was retaining Wellington Management Co. and BlackRock Inc. Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co. and Goldman Sachs Asset Management will exit.
October 4, 2010 |
The California Public Employees' Retirement System, the largest public pension fund in the U.S., said it replaced a unit of BlackRock Inc. as the manager of its $1-billion apartment complex real-estate portfolio. The decision comes after CalPERS was forced to write off a $500-million investment with BlackRock in New York's Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village through a partnership with Tishman Speyer Properties. CalPERS said it was consolidating the apartment portfolio with GID Investment Advisers, an affiliate of General Investment & Development Cos. CalPERS suffered a 37% loss in its real-estate holdings in the fiscal year that ended June 30, a decline equivalent to 1.3% of the pension fund's market value at the time.
January 31, 2014 |
NEW YORK - A New York state judge has approved nearly all of an $8.5-billion settlement between Bank of America and large investors who suffered losses in mortgage-backed bonds stemming from the housing meltdown. The settlement centers around mortgage-backed securities for which the Bank of New York Mellon Corp. acted as a trustee. Some of the claims in the 3-year-old case were not resolved, and the agreement still faces challenges despite the judge's approval. The case's resolution would help Bank of America put baggage stemming from the financial crisis behind it. The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank has struggled to lay to rest lingering fallout from its ill-fated 2008 acquisition of Countrywide Financial Corp., the Calabasas mortgage lender.
December 3, 2013 |
Proceed with a caution. The green light has turned yellow. That's what top equity strategists at T. Rowe Price, a major investment firm, are telling investors as this year's stock market rally shows little sign of easing. "We're starting to see signs of caution in the market," John Linehan, head of U.S. equities at T. Rowe Price, said at a media briefing in New York on Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial average is up more than 21% for the year, while the broader Standard & Poor's 500 has rocketed 26% this year.
December 11, 2007 |
Bank of America Corp. said Monday that it would liquidate a $12-billion cash fund for wealthy clients and institutions, the largest investment of its type to close because of losses tied to the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market. The fund, Columbia Strategic Cash Portfolio, was sold as an alternative to money-market funds, offering a higher yield by taking more risk.
July 17, 2008 |
Merrill Lynch & Co., the nation's third-largest securities firm, dropped efforts to sell a stake in BlackRock Inc. and struck a deal instead to sell its 20% share of Bloomberg LP, according to people familiar with the decision. Merrill, poised to report a second-quarter loss today, stood to gain about $2 billion on its 49.8% stake in BlackRock, the nation's largest publicly traded fund manager, based on its current market value. BlackRock stock has fallen 17.
July 25, 2011 |
Wrangling over the U.S. debt ceiling and questions over corporate earnings mean markets are unlikely to get a break any time soon. Wall Street is set to end its worst three months in a year as July draws to a close this week after a roller coaster ride for markets. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rallied 6% in the run-up to reporting season, but earnings misses from big industrial names such as Rockwell Collins Inc. and Caterpillar Inc. weighed on the Dow and S&P 500 on Friday.