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February 5, 2014
10:04 EDTRPTP, TSH, BBG, VTSS, MYGN, SYT, ETN, TGI, SIRI, OAS, ITC, CENX, CSGS, ANGI, BIRT, AGCOOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
AGCO (AGCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Actuate (BIRT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Angie's List (ANGI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... CSG Systems (CSGS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Century Aluminum (CENX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... ITC Holdings (ITC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at ISI Group... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Sirius XM (SIRI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Triumph Group (TGI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... James River Coal (JRCC) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Eaton (ETN) downgraded at MKM Partners... Syngenta (SYT) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Myriad Genetics (MYGN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Vitesse (VTSS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Bill Barrett (BBG) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Teche Holding (TSH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Fig Partners... Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Wedbush.
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September 23, 2014
13:09 EDTSIRIJudge rules Sirius XM infringed copyrights by playing songs recorded pre-1972
In a $100M royalty lawsuit between the rock band The Turtles and Sirius XM (SIRI), a California federal judge ruled that Sirius XM infringed copyrights and violated California state laws by broadcasting songs recorded before 1972 without paying royalties for the performance of the recording. Judge Philip Gutierrez ruled that the music industry can claim additional copyright in broadcasted songs that were recorded before 1972. The ruling can have a far reaching impact on digital radio providers who may have to cough up additional royalty fees for playing songs recorded before 1972. Pandora (P) is also a digital radio provider. Reference Link
08:38 EDTTGIBofA/Merrill airlines/aerospace analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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September 22, 2014
20:44 EDTBBGBill Barrett management to meet with SunTrust
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10:15 EDTBBGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:15 EDTBBGBill Barrett upgraded at BMO Capital
As noted earlier, BMO Capital upgraded Bill Barrett to to Market Perform from Underperform. The firm thinks recent moves made by the company results in a more focused and oil-weighted asset portfolio. Target raised to $23 from $19.
07:27 EDTOASIndependent Petroleum Association of America to hold a conference
IPAA OGIS San Francisco on September 22-24.
06:33 EDTBBGBill Barrett upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital
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September 18, 2014
15:52 EDTANGIAngie's List upside potential outweighs downside risk, says Barrington
After meetings with management, Barrington said Angie's List is taking the right steps in improving its website and mobile apps. The firm believes there is "much more" upside potential than downside risk in the stock and maintains its Outperform rating and $15 price target on the shares.
07:32 EDTANGIMKM Partners to hold a conference
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07:25 EDTBIRTActuate to hold a webinar
Database Trends & Applications Webinar will be held on September 18 at 2 pm. Webcast Link
September 17, 2014
10:00 EDTETNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTBBGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AB InBev (BUD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cigna (CI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Extra Space Storage (EXR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... MB Financial (MBFI) upgraded at DA Davidson... Mondelez (MDLZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Radian Group (RDN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Skullcandy (SKUL) assumed with a Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
07:40 EDTOASUBS to hold a conference
Houston Energy Bus-less Tour is being held in Houston on September 17-19 with webcasted company presentations to begin on September 17 at 8:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:09 EDTETNEaton downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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05:59 EDTBBGBill Barrett upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho
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September 16, 2014
07:37 EDTBBGBill Barrett cuts FY14 oil production to 26%, total production to 9.4-9.8 MMBoe
This reduces previous guidance by approximately 1.4 MMBoe, approximately 10% oil, as a result of production attributable to sold assets. It also narrows the previous guidance range toward the lower end of the range, primarily as a result of natural gas production year-to-date. Third quarter of 2014 total production is expected to range between 2.6-2.7 MMBoe. 2014 exit rate production is expected to be approximately 21 MBoe/d. Capital expenditures of $525-$550 million, narrowed to the upper end of previous estimates, primarily as a result of an increased well count in the Uinta Oil Program, due to faster drilling times, and the increased working interest acquired in the Northeast Wattenberg. Lease operating expenses of $58-$62 million. The Company was on track to the mid-point of previous guidance and the adjustment reflects only these asset sales. The run-rate in the fourth quarter of 2014 is expected to approximate $6.50 per Boe, reflecting the higher proportion of oil in the production mix. Gathering, transportation and processing expenses of $36-$37 million. This reflects a significantly reduced fourth quarter run-rate of $1-$2 million total for the quarter. Certain obligations associated with firm natural gas gathering and transportation agreements are expected to be written-off in the third quarter of 2014. The Company may record non-cash charges in the third quarter of 2014 associated with certain of these transactions, including the write-offs of the company's Ruby Pipeline and other firm transportation agreements for an estimated $128M, subject to final review of financial reporting requirements and estimated losses on property sales totaling approximately $100M. The company expects that the transactions will not incur a material current tax liability.
07:35 EDTBBGBill Barrett announces $757M divestiture of Power River, Piceance properties
Bill Barrett announced that it has signed purchase and sale agreements with several undisclosed purchasers for the sale of the majority of its Powder River Basin acreage and the company's remaining position in the Gibson Gulch natural gas program in the Piceance Basin. The transactions include an acreage exchange whereby Bill Barrett Corporation acquires 7,856 net acres and 390 barrels of oil equivalent per day net production within the southern block of its operated Northeast Wattenberg area in exchange for acreage in the Powder River Basin. The total value of the transactions is $757M and includes $568M in cash proceeds, $69M estimated value for assets acquired in an exchange, $36M for the assumption by a purchaser of a lease financing obligation and $84M in future commitments assumed by a purchaser for natural gas firm gathering and transportation obligations. The company expects to reduce its debt to $450M from $1.1B, pro forma as of June 30, 2014. It also anticipates that 2014 exit rate production will have a commodity mix that is more than 70% oil. The asset sales include 46,510 net acres in the Powder River Basin with net production that averaged 1,479 Boe/d in the second quarter of 2014 and proved reserves of 4.2 MMBoe at year-end 2013, and 12,000 net acres in the Piceance Basin with net production that averaged 80 million cubic feet natural gas equivalent per day in the second quarter of 2014 and proved reserves of 438 billion cubic feet natural gas equivalent at year-end 2013. These assets provided 33% of field level cash flow in the second quarter of 2014. The Company plans to sell its remaining Powder River Basin position, which includes 17,649 net acres and 170 Boe/d of production, based on the second quarter of 2014 results.
07:27 EDTSIRIBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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07:22 EDTBBGVanguard sees Bill Barrett deal 'immediately accretive' to cash flow at closing
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07:17 EDTBBGVanguard Natural acquires natural gas, oil, NGLs for $525M from Bill Barrett
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