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July 2, 2014
10:00 EDTABBV, URBN, TRGP, PTEN, PKE, ORCL, LMCA, HP, ETP, LLY, DRWI, CP, BAC, BHI, BRGYY, ALU, WBMDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AbbVie (ABBV) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... BG Group (BRGYY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Guggenheim... Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... DragonWave (DRWI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at H.C. Wainwright... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Guggenheim... Liberty Media (LMCA) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Men's Wearhouse (MW) upgraded at Stifel... Oracle (ORCL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Park Electrochemical (PKE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Guggenheim... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Urban Outfitters (URBN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... WebMD (WBMD) upgraded at Stifel.
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October 13, 2014
08:24 EDTCPCSX price target raised to $37 from $32 at Bernstein
Bernstein raised its price target on CSX (CSX) after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company was approached by Canadian Pacific (CP) about a possible merger. The firm thinks the deal could enable CSX to more quickly raise its margins and presents it with an opportunity to unlock significant near-term value. Bernstein says the report makes it more constructive on CSX, but it keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
08:17 EDTTRGPTarga Resources Partners and Targa Resources to host conference call
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08:01 EDTCPCanadian Pacific, CSX merger timing not ideal, says Cowen
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07:57 EDTTRGPTarga Resources CEO says acquisition is 'compelling strategic opportunity'
Joe Bob Perkins, CEO of the Targa Resources and of the general partner of the Partnership, stated, "Both the Targa and Atlas management teams and our boards view this integrated transaction as a highly compelling strategic opportunity to combine two outstanding midstream businesses and create value for all shareholders and unitholders. We believe the combination provides our customers an enhanced midstream service offering, and presents our investors with an enterprise that has increased scale, diversity and growth. The acquisitions will significantly and immediately increase our scale and geographic diversity, accelerating the growth of our premier North American midstream platform. APL's footprint solidifies the Partnership's position as a leader in the Permian Basin, while adding top-tier assets in the Midcontinent and South Texas regions. Importantly, the combination of APL's NGL production with Targa Resources Partners' leading NGL downstream assets will allow the pro forma partnership to generate additional revenue along the NGL value chain, create additional attractive growth capital expenditure projects and accelerate current growth capital expenditure projects." The boards of the partnership (NGLS), the company (TGRP), ATLS (ATLS) and APL (APL) have each approved the respective merger agreements. Subject to the completion of the spin-off and customary approvals and conditions, including the expiration or termination of all waiting periods under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, the acquisitions are expected to close in 1Q15. The respective boards of APL, ATLS and the Company have voted to recommend the transaction to their unitholders and shareholders.
07:50 EDTTRGPAtlas Energy to spin-off non-midstream assets prior to acquisition by Targa
Prior to Targa Resources' (TRGP) acquisition of Atlas Energy (ATLS), ATLS will spin-off its non-midstream assets. After giving effect to the spin-off, ATLS's assets will solely comprise its general partner and incentive distribution rights interests in APL and 5.8M APL common units. Immediately following the spin-off and subject to the concurrent closing of the Partnership's acquisition of APL, Targa Resources will acquire Atlas Energy for total consideration of $1.87B, including 10.35M TRC shares valued at $1.26B based on the closing price of TRC's common stock on October 10 and $610M in cash. Targa Resources has arranged committed financing of $1.1B to replace its existing revolving credit facility and to fund the cash components of the transaction, including cash merger consideration and $149M related to change of control payments. Based on shares of TRC and units of ATLS outstanding as of September 30, current Targa Resources shareholders will own approximately 80% of the pro forma shares outstanding and current ATLS unitholders will own approximately 20%.
07:48 EDTTRGPTarga Resources sees 11%-13% distribution growth in 2015 following acquisition
For the Partnership, management expects to recommend a distribution increase 4c per limited partner unit at the first Bboard distribution declaration meeting after the transaction closes; which is expected to be in the first quarter of 2015. Assuming a first quarter close, the Partnership estimates full year 2015 pro forma distribution growth over full year 2014 of 11% 13%, and expects distribution coverage to be at or above the Partnership's stated target range of 1.1x 1.2x. In conjunction with the Partnership recommendation, management expects to recommend a dividend increase of 10c per share for Targa Resources following the closings of the transactions. Assuming a first quarter close and 11%-13% distribution growth at the Partnership, the company estimates full year 2015 pro forma dividend growth over full year 2014 of approximately 35%. The Company's estimated 2015 effective cash tax rate pro forma for the transaction is expected to be 10%-15% compared to 33% on a standalone basis. Targa Resources Corp. expects $1.00 - $2.00 per share dividend accretion over the long term
07:46 EDTTRGPTarga Resources to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners, Atlas Energy
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07:44 EDTTRGPTarga Resources to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners, Atlas Energy
07:39 EDTABBVPharmaceutical Care Management Association to hold annual meeting
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07:37 EDTABBVAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists to hold annual meeting
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07:23 EDTCPCSX volatility up, approached by Canadian Pacific on possible merger, report
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07:19 EDTBACAmEx, Capital One profits seen boosted by credit card 'sweet spot,' WSJ says
Credit card players such as American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF), as well as banks with significant card units like JPMorgan (JPM), stand to benefit from the U.S. card industry's "sweet spot" of moderate economic growth, low interest rates and consumers who are better managing payments while growing their spending, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that consulting firm R.K. Hammer estimates U.S. card issuers' revenue will grow 9% this year to $158.6B. Other U.S. banks with credit card units include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) and other card companies include Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link
07:15 EDTHPNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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06:44 EDTBACRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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00:04 EDTBACBanking regulators want more disclosure on auto loans, Reuters says
Banking regulators are requesting that banks provide more details on their auto loan portfolios, says Reuters. Balances remaining on auto loans are rising and about a fifth of the loans are subprime, added Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 12, 2014
16:04 EDTCPCSX approached by Canadian Pacific on possible merger, WSJ says
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13:03 EDTBACBanks agree on derivatives procedures for future crisis scenario, WSJ says
Meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, top banking executives from 18 large U.S., European and Japanese banks agreed in principle to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution, says the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 10, 2014
13:03 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count up 8 to 1930
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10:03 EDTLLYEli Lilly olaratumab granted orphan designation as soft tissue sarcoma treatment
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08:31 EDTTRGPGoldman remains bullish on MLPs
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