Societe Generale SA (GLE) PT Set at €34.00 by Goldman Sachs

Societe Generale SA (EPA:GLE) received a euro;34.00 ($37.36) target price from research analysts at Goldman Sachs in a report issued on Tuesday. The firm presently has a a neutral rating on the stock.

Societe Generale SA (EPA:GLE) traded up 2.82% during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching 27.13. The company had a trading volume of 9,735,288 shares. The stock has a market capitalization of 21.67 billion and a PE ratio of 5.93. The company has a 50-day moving average of 34.22 and a 200-day moving average of 35.03. Societe Generale SA has a 12-month low of 25.00 and a 12-month high of 48.77.

Several other equities analysts have also commented on the company. RBC Capital set a euro;30.00 ($32.97) price objective on Societe Generale SA and gave the company a neutral rating in a research report on Tuesday. JPMorgan Chase Co. set a euro;31.00 ($34.07) price objective on Societe Generale SA and gave the company a neutral rating in a research report on Monday. Deutsche Bank set a euro;30.00 ($32.97) price objective on Societe Generale SA and gave the company a neutral rating in a research report on Monday. Sanford C. Bernstein set a euro;40.00 ($43.96) price target on Societe Generale SA and gave the company a neutral rating in a report on Wednesday, June 8th. Finally, HSBC set a euro;41.00 ($45.05) price target on Societe Generale SA and gave the company a neutral rating in a report on Friday, June 3rd. Ten research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. Societe Generale SA presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of euro;40.33 ($44.32).

Societe Generale SA is a financial services company. The Company is engaged in retail banking, corporate and investment banking, financial services, insurance, private banking and asset management. The Companys core businesses are managed through three segments: French Retail Banking, International Retail Banking Financial Services, and Global Banking and Investor Solutions.



First-ever Myanmar Study Highlights Factors for Brand Success & Future Game Changers

YANGON, Myanmar, June 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Local telecom brand MPT most loved amongst 42 key brands while global entrants are valued for their differentiation and innovation

WPP and Millward Brown today released the BrandZ inaugural Spotlight on Myanmar, exploring critical business insights into the worlds fastest-growing economy and the evolving psyche behind Myanmars 51 million consumers.

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In a nascent marketplace where local brands hold their own against foreign competitors, Apple has emerged as the most differentiated brand whereas local telecom player MPT ranks as the most loved. Brands like mobile provider Telenor have also earned recognition for innovation, despite being a recent market entrant.

Myanmars rapid transformation also means businesses need to ready themselves for game-changing scenarios propelled by technology and infrastructure advancements. Myanmar is set to become the first country in the world to go straight to smartphone as part of its leapfrog development. Key changes affecting marketing and brands include the rise from almost zero mobile penetration to nearly 50% in just a couple of years. Technology will likely direct a new generation of digital growth, from retail to banking to social communications.

The Spotlight on Myanmar findings are based on everyday buying decisions such as coffee, soft drinks as well as long-term purchase decisions around mobile service and handset sectors. Research shows that the most effective messages come from brands that put their products and benefits front and centre. Key differentiators behind the strongest brands are those that project idealism, desirability and a sense of adventure.

BrandZ research in Myanmar includes 1,660 consumer interviews and covers 42 key international and regional brands that are already building a sense of meaningful difference in Myanmar, based on either their global profile or their local activity. Findings show that:

  • Apple is the most differentiated brand in Myanmar followed by Coca-Cola and Samsung. Apple indexed 232, where the average brand indexes at 100.
  • Mobile network Telenor is the most innovative brand in the survey, indexing 125, with rivals MPT and Ooredoo coming second and third respectively.
  • MPT is the most loved brand in the survey, indexing 129, nine points ahead of Samsung and 11 points ahead of Telenor and Huawei.
  • Samsungs brand proposition scored the highest at129, ahead of Apple on 125 and MPT on 118.
  • Huawei scored highest on brand power -a brands ability to boost sales or gain market share due to consumers predisposition to choose this brand over another - indexing 436, significantly higher than its global average score of 81. Huawei performs better in Myanmar than it does in its home market, China, on this measure.

There are huge opportunities for international brands to be successful in Myanmar, if they get their cultural message right and understand the diversity of the country, particularly in the border areas. Our teams have identified comparisons with the India of 30 years ago and indeed some aspects of rural India today. Also valid are comparisons with Indonesia, which also has a large population that lives off the land as well as a huge range of different climatic regions, said David Roth, CEO at The Store, EMEA and Asia.

The report also highlighted a number of key trends that will change how brands and agencies should approach this market, now and in the next few years, including:

  • Rapid improvement in infrastructure. It has taken just three years to build a national mobile network; other changes including the arrival of greater electrification and improved transportation links will happen much faster than would be expected in many markets.
  • e-tailing is coming. Despite the current poor retail infrastructure, the rapid growth in e-commerce in other developing markets acts as an indicator that the speed will be similar in Myanmar.
  • The worlds first mobile-only market. Consumers are increasingly looking to mobile for both information and entertainment. While TV is important, brands need to consider Myanmar as not just a mobile-first environment but also a mobile only market.
  • Sell the effect, not the spec. Consumers are new to choice in Myanmar so they will navigate the new landscape differently. Brands need to focus on how the product will meet their needs and make it easier to compare functions and prices.
  • Appreciate the diversity of Myanmar. This is not a homogenous nation. Although 88% of the urban population is Buddhist, there is a huge range of ethnic, climatic and cultural variety, which will be particularly critical in the personal care sector.

BrandZs first research in Myanmar will help international and regional marketers understand the challenge of building strong brands in this new market. Experience in other fast emerging markets shows that first mover advantage and the loyalty it engenders in consumers can last for decades. Myanmar is a long-term commitment but one that will pay off for the brands that get it right, said Doreen Wang, Head of BrandZ, from Millward Brown.

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BrandZ Spotlight on Myanmar is part of the suite of BrandZ rankings which also includes the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands, the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands, the BrandZ Top 50 Most Valuable Indonesian brands, the BrandZ Top 50 Most Valuable Latin American Brands and the BrandZ Top 50 Most Valuable Indian Brands.

Background and methodology

The brand valuation behind the Top 100 was conducted by Millward Brown. The methodology mirrors that used to calculate the annual BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking, which reached its tenth year of publication in 2015.

The BrandZ rankings are the only valuations in the world that take into account what people think about the brands they buy, alongside rigorous analysis of financial data, market valuations, analyst reports and risk profiles. Consumer perception of a brand is a key input in determining brand value, because brands are a combination of business performance, product delivery, clarity of positioning and leadership.

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WPP is the worlds largest communications services group with billings of US$73 billion and revenues of US$19 billion. Through its operating companies, the Group provides a comprehensive range of advertising and marketing services including advertising amp; media investment management; data investment management; public relations amp; public affairs; branding amp; identity; healthcare communications; direct, digital, promotion amp; relationship marketing and specialist communications. The company employs 194,000 people (including associates and investments) in over 3,000 offices across 112 countries. For more information, visit http://www.wpp.com .

WPP was named Holding Company of the Year at the 2016 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for the sixth year running. WPP was also named, for the fifth consecutive year, the Worlds Most Effective Holding Company in the 2016 Effie Effectiveness Index, which recognizes the effectiveness of marketing communications. In 2016 WPP was recognised by Warc 100 as the Worlds Top Holding Company (second year running).

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How Rewarding Investors Believe These Financial's Stocks are? - TD Ameritrade, Cowen Group, Raymond James ...

NEW YORK, June 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Brexit jitters have sparked the interest of some investors back on the Financials sector, which continues to slowly recover. Ahead of todays trading session, Stock-Callers.com returns its focus on four equities in this arena for review: TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: AMTD), Cowen Group Inc. (NASDAQ: COWN), Raymond James Financial Inc. (NYSE: RJF), and Brown amp; Brown Inc. (NYSE: BRO). Learn more about these stocks and receive your complimentary trade alerts at:

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Shares in Omaha, Nebraska headquartered TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. ended Tuesdays session 0.20% lower at $29.76 and with a total volume of 1.89 million shares traded. The stock is trading 2.71% below its 50-day moving average. Shares of the Company, which provides securities brokerage services and related technology-based financial services to retail investors, traders, and independent registered investment advisors, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 40.65.

New York headquartered publicly owned asset management holding Company, Cowen Group Inc.s shares fell 1.82%, closing the day at $3.24 with a total volume of 411,904 shares traded. The stock has advanced 3.51% in the last month. The Companys shares are trading 5.76% below their 50-day moving average. Additionally, shares of Cowen Group, which through its subsidiaries, the firm provides alternative investment management, investment banking, research, and sales and trading services for its clients, have an RSI of 43.23.

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Societe Generale SA (GLE) Given a €36.20 Price Target at Morgan Stanley

Societe Generale SA (EPA:GLE) has been assigned a euro;36.20 ($39.78) target price by Morgan Stanley in a research note issued on Thursday. The firm currently has a a neutral rating on the stock.

Shares of Societe Generale SA (EPA:GLE) traded up 0.340% during midday trading on Thursday, reaching 28.005. The companys stock had a trading volume of 4,217,804 shares. The firm has a market capitalization of 22.36 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 6.121. Societe Generale SA has a 52 week low of 25.00 and a 52 week high of 48.77. The firms 50 day moving average is 33.68 and its 200 day moving average is 34.78.

Other equities research analysts also recently issued research reports about the company. Citigroup Inc. set a euro;45.00 ($49.45) price objective on Societe Generale SA and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Monday, March 14th. Independent Research GmbH set a euro;42.00 ($46.15) price objective on Societe Generale SA and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 8th. Goldman Sachs set a euro;45.00 ($49.45) price objective on Societe Generale SA and gave the company a neutral rating in a research report on Monday, March 7th. RBC Capital set a euro;30.00 ($32.97) target price on Societe Generale SA and gave the company a neutral rating in a report on Tuesday. Finally, JPMorgan Chase Co. set a euro;31.00 ($34.07) target price on Societe Generale SA and gave the company a neutral rating in a report on Monday. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the companys stock. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of euro;39.30 ($43.19).

Societe Generale SA is a financial services company. The Company is engaged in retail banking, corporate and investment banking, financial services, insurance, private banking and asset management. The Companys core businesses are managed through three segments: French Retail Banking, International Retail Banking Financial Services, and Global Banking and Investor Solutions.



WaterStone Bank Announces New Executive Officer, Controller

WAUWATOSA, Wis., June 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- WaterStone Bank is announcing the appointment of Mark R. Gerke as the companys senior vice president and chief financial officer of WaterStone Bank and Waterstone Financial, Inc.

Gerke joined WaterStone Bank in October of 2005 as corporate controller. Prior to joining WaterStone, he served in various positions with the global professional services firm Ernst amp; Young LLP, including a role as senior manager in assurance services. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 2002 and holds degrees in accounting and business administration from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.

In February of 2014, Gerke was appointed vice president, controller and principal accounting officer of Waterstone Financial, Inc.

An active member of the community, Gerke currently serves as treasurer on the advisory board for Best Buddies Wisconsin. He resides in Whitefish Bay.

In addition to Gerkes appointment as executive officer of the bank, the company has appointed Kyle Mertz as controller. Prior to this appointment, Mertz served as assistant controller for WaterStone. He previously held roles as financial analyst for Kohls and senior audit associate for KPMG. Mertz earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from UW-Whitewater. He is a Certificated Public Accountant in the state of Wisconsin.

Mark and Kyle were instrumental in our public offering in 2014 and all our financial reporting since, said Doug Gordon, president and CEO of WaterStone Bank. They are now taking expanding roles in our investor relations and strategic initiatives.

About WaterStone Bank
WaterStone Bank, established in 1921, offers a full suite of personal and business banking products. The community bank has branches in Wauwatosa, Brookfield, Fox Point, Franklin/Hales Corners, Germantown/Menomonee Falls, Greenfield, Oak Creek, Oconomowoc/Lake Country, Pewaukee, Waukesha/Brookfield and West Allis, Wisconsin along with a commercial lending branch in Minneapolis, Minnesota. WaterStone Bank is the parent company to Waterstone Mortgage, which offers mortgage banking offices in 20 states. For more information about WaterStone Bank, go to wsbonline.com. Follow WaterStone Bank on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google+.

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