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June 17, 2014
10:08 EDTWMB, SNV, NFLX, EXPE, EZCH, AWI, WHZ, SNDK, MDT, EXC, DSW, AINV, LUV, PEG, LAZ, EGN, XEC, AEMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded at BMO Capital... Apollo Investment (AINV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Armstrong World (AWI) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... DSW (DSW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EZchip (EZCH) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Feltl... Energen (EGN) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Expedia (EXPE) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Lazard (LAZ) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Medtronic (MDT) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... PSEG (PEG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Southwest (LUV) upgraded at Stifel... Synovus (SNV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Whiting USA Trust (WHZ) upgraded at RW Baird... Williams (WMB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
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September 28, 2015
10:05 EDTDSWHigh option volume stocks
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10:02 EDTNFLXNetflix licenses global streaming rights for 'Colony'
Netflix, Inc., Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions announced that Netflix has acquired subscription video on demand rights on a global basis to COLONY, a highly anticipated new drama from Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, which premieres on USA January 14, 2016. COLONY is a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions.
10:01 EDTWMBETE sees steps towards investment grade rating in 2017
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09:44 EDTWMBEnergy Transfer Equity sees cutting costs for Chesapeake, raising cash flow
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09:40 EDTWMBEnergy Transfer Equity expects $2B in synergies by 2020
09:30 EDTWMBEnergy Transfer Equity expects to form LNG affiliate in 2016
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08:52 EDTWMBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
IN FOCUS: Apple (AAPL) after announcing it set a record by selling more than 13M new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models in the first three days after launch of the devices. HIGHER: Media General (MEG), up 22% after Nexstar (NXST) announced a proposal to acquire the company for cash Nexstar shares currently valued at $14.50 per Media General share... Alcoa (AA), up 5.4% after announcing that its board has unanimously approved a plan to separate into two independent, publicly-traded companies - an Upstream company that will operate under the Alcoa name and a new Value-Add company whose name will be announced at a later date... Atmel (ATML), up 7% after Reuters reported that Cypress Semiconductor (CY) is working on a competing bid to Dialog Semiconductor's (DLGNF) takeover offer... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 3% after Sterne Agee CRT upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral after meeting with the company's new CEO. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Cal-Maine Foods (CALM), down 8%. ALSO LOWER: Verastem (VSTM), down 50% after stopping enrollment in the Phase 2 study of VS-6063 for patients with mesothelioma for futility after a Data Safety Monitoring Board review of a pre-planned interim analysis... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), down 3.7% after the Detroit Free Press said some local UAW workers rejected a four-year tentative pact between the United Auto Workers and the company... Williams (WMB), down 3% after Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) announced a business combination transaction valued at approximately $37.7B, including the assumption of debt and other liabilities. Under the deal, an affiliate of ETE, will acquire Williams at an implied current price of $43.50 per Williams share.
08:36 EDTMDTMedtronic acquires Lazarus Effect
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07:56 EDTNFLXNetflix appears to have a hit with Narcos, says UBS
UBS analyst Doug Mitchelson said the firm's "Evidence Lab" found that Netflix' Narcos is already among the top four most liked of the company's original shows on Facebook in less than 1 month after premiering, adding that the reception of the show has been particularly strong in Latin America. The apparent hit increases the firm's confidence in Q3 subscriber growth estimates for both the U.S. and international markets, Mitchelson told investors in a research note. The analyst also noted that Netflix ranked sixth in week 1 and 24th in week 2 in terms of iOS app downloads for Japan after launching there. Though the launch is the weakest internationally since 2013, the size of the market should still let it contribute to Q3, wrote Mitchelson who keeps a Buy rating and $143 price target on Netflix shares.
07:40 EDTWMBEnergy Transfer Equity to host conference call
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07:13 EDTWMBWilliams volatility elevated into combining with Energy Transfer Equity
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07:11 EDTWMBEnergy Transfer Equity volatility elevated into combining with Williams
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07:10 EDTWMBWilliams Partners announces termination of merger agreement with Williams
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07:07 EDTWMBEnergy Transfer Equity sees Williams deal immediately accretive to cash flow
At closing, the transaction will be immediately accretive to distributable cash flow and distributions per unit for ETE and is expected to be credit positive to ETE's credit ratings; ETE's distribution growth rate is expected to remain at its current level; As a result of diligence, the size of both the expected cost savings and the anticipated commercial synergies exceeds ETE's previous expectations and will help ensure that the duration of ETE's distribution growth rate will be longer as a result of the transaction. There is no expected impact to WPZ's credit ratings as a result of the ETE/Williams combination; WPZ unitholders will have greater distributable cash flow from material cost savings and synergies of up to $400 million per annum with WPZ joining the Energy Transfer shared service model; the combination will create new commercial opportunities for WPZ, including the potential to acquire assets from the overall Energy Transfer group, that will improve WPZ's business outlook, cash flow growth and overall financial profile; WPZ unitholders will benefit from having a general partner, ETE, that, based on the unique intrinsic financial and strategic optionality in the Energy Transfer family, will be in a position to help WPZ fully realize its long-term growth potential; and WPZ will receive a $428 million break-up fee for the termination of its merger agreement with WMB payable to all outstanding limited partnership units of WPZ including WMB's approximate 60 percent ownership.
07:05 EDTWMBWilliams Partners, Williams withdraw financial guidance
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07:04 EDTWMBEnergy Transfer Equity to combine with Williams in $37.7B transaction
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07:02 EDTWMBEntergy Transfer Equity to combine with Williams
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06:27 EDTNFLXNetflix acquires rights to three more TV shows, Variety reports
Netflix has acquired the global streaming rights to CW's "Jane the Virgin," USA's "Colony" and CBS's "Zoo," sources confirm to Variety. Netflix previously announced the acquisition of exclusive global rights to ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder." Reference Link
06:23 EDTDSWDSW downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
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September 27, 2015
20:05 EDTWMBEnergy Transfer Equity close to acquiring Williams for $34B, FT says
Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) is nearing a deal to acquire Williams (WMB) and could make an announcement as soon as Monday, reports the Financial Times, citing people familiar with the matter. Major elements of the transaction have been "essentially" nailed down after a revised cash-and-stock offer from Energy Transfer, sources told the publication. Although it is unclear how much cash will be included in the deal, one source said the transaction would value Williams at $34B. Reference Link
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