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January 27, 2014
10:00 EDTHON, ATLS, HAFC, SALE, BTU, MRK, EIX, AGI, KSU, FMBI, PB, MHK, MTG, ETFC, SMI, XOOM, POT, MTHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alamos Gold (AGI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Atlas Energy (ATLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Edison International (EIX) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Honeywell (HON) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Lagenberg... MGIC Investment (MTG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Merck (MRK) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Meritage Homes (MTH) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Mohawk (MHK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Peabody (BTU) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Potash (POT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Prosperity Bancshares (PB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... RetailMeNot (SALE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Xoom (XOOM) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... First Midwest (FMBI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Hanmi Financial (HAFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Semiconductor Manufacturing (SMI) upgraded to Buy from Sell at UBS... Kansas City Southern (KSU) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham.
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February 23, 2015
08:35 EDTATLSAtlas Energy subsidiary sees annualized cash distribution to be 70c-80c per unit
Atlas Energy Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlas Energy, announced that it currently expects annualized cash distributions to be 70c to 80c per common limited partner unit based on initial expectations of cash flow to its business. The current forecast includes, among other items, approximately $37.5M of cash distributions expected to be received from Atlas Resource Partners (ARP) from AEG's ownership of ARP's general partner and approximately 24.7M ARP limited partner units, and is based on ARP's current annualized distribution of $1.30 per unit.
08:27 EDTMRKNGM Biopharmaceuticals to hold a teleconference
NGM Biopharm discusses the strategic collaboration with Merck to discover, develop and commercialize novel biologic therapeutics on a teleconference to be held on February 23 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
07:40 EDTPOTBMO Capital to hold a conference
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07:04 EDTMRKMerck, NGM Biopharmaceuticals announce multi-year collaboration
NGM Biopharmaceuticals and Merck announced they have entered into a multi-year collaboration to research, discover, develop and commercialize novel biologic therapies across a wide range of therapeutic areas. This agreement will become effective upon the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. The collaboration includes multiple drug candidates currently in preclinical development at NGM, including NP201, which is being evaluated for the treatment of diabetes, obesity and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. NGM will lead the research and development of the existing preclinical candidates and have the autonomy to identify and pursue other discovery stage programs at its discretion. Merck will have the option to license all resulting NGM programs following human proof of concept trials. If Merck exercises this option, Merck will lead global product development and commercialization for the resulting products, if approved. Under the terms of the agreement, Merck will make an upfront payment to NGM of $94M and will purchase a 15 percent equity stake in NGM for $106M at a price per share that represents a 20% premium to NGM’s most recent financing. Merck will commit up to $250M to fund all of NGM’s efforts under the initial five-year term of the collaboration, with the potential for additional funding if certain conditions are met. Prior to Merck initiating a Phase 3 study for a licensed program, NGM may elect to either receive milestone and royalty payments or, in certain cases, to co-fund development and participate in a global cost and revenue share arrangement of up to 50%. The agreement also provides NGM with the option to participate in the co-promotion of any co-funded program in the United States. Merck will have the option to extend the research agreement for two additional two-year terms.
06:11 EDTKSUKansas City Southern initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan
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February 22, 2015
13:45 EDTKSUCanada introduces legislation to enhance crude-by-rail safety, accountability
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, introduced legislation in the House of Commons that will enhance railway safety and make the rail industry and crude oil shippers more accountable to Canadians. The new Safe and Accountable Rail Act proposes amendments to the Canada Transportation Act and Railway Safety Act. Changes include a new liability and compensation regime for federally regulated railways, including minimum insurance requirements; a compensation fund financed by levies on crude oil shippers; increased information-sharing provisions; and stronger oversight powers for the Minister and Transport Canada inspectors. The new liability and compensation regime will be consistent with those the Government has introduced for other modes of transport, such as marine tankers and oil pipelines. It is based on the “polluter pays” principle and makes railways and shippers responsible for the cost of accidents, protecting taxpayers and communities by ensuring that adequate resources are available for compensation if an accident were to occur. Proposed amendments to the Railway Safety Act will broaden the powers of the Minister and inspectors to order railway companies and others to take specified measures or stop any activity deemed necessary for safe railway operations. The proposed amendments will also create new regulation- making powers requiring railway companies to share information with municipalities. These changes are part of the Government’s commitment to strengthen oversight and increase collaboration between communities and the rail industry, addressing issues raised in the Transportation Safety Board’s final report on the Lac-Mégantic derailment as well as concerns of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Publicly traded companies in the space include CSX (CSX), Canadian National (CNI), Canadian Pacific (CP), Genesee & Wyoming (GWR), Kansas City Southern (KSU), Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Union Pacific (UNP). Reference Link
February 20, 2015
15:23 EDTMTHMeritage Homes management to meet with JPMorgan
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11:46 EDTATLSTarga Resources shareholders approve share issuance in merger with Atlas Energy
Targa Resources (TRGP) announced that the stockholders of the company approved at a special meeting of stockholders held today the issuance of shares of common stock of the company in connection with the company's proposed merger with Atlas Energy, L.P. (ATLS). Approximately 76.15% of the shares of the company's common stock that were outstanding as of the record date of January 22 approved the share issuance, and approximately 91.50% of the shares of the company's common stock that were voted approved the share issuance. A special meeting of ATLS unitholders was also held to approve the merger agreement in connection with the ATLS Merger. Approximately 52.83% of the common units of ATLS that were outstanding as of the record date of January 22, 2015 approved the merger agreement in connection with the ATLS Merger, and approximately 99.28% of the common units of ATLS that were voted approved the ATLS Merger Agreement. A special meeting of unitholders of Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P. (APL) was also held to approve the merger agreement in connection with Targa Resources Partners LP's (NGLS) proposed merger with APL. Approximately 54.84% of the common units of APL that were outstanding as of the record date of January 22 approved the merger agreement in connection with the APL Merger, and approximately 98.21% of the common units of APL that were voted approved the APL Merger Agreement. The approvals by the shareholders of the Company and the unitholders of ATLS and APL described above satisfy three of the conditions required to finalize the Atlas Mergers. The consummation of the Atlas Mergers is still subject to certain other conditions, including the previously announced spin-off by ATLS of its non-midstream assets. Each of the Transactions is contingent on one another, and the Transactions are expected to close concurrently on February 27.
11:38 EDTATLSAtlas Energy, Atlas Pipeline approve mergers with Targa, Targa Partners
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08:35 EDTKSUKansas City Southern appoints Patrick Ottensmeyer as president effective March 1
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07:08 EDTMRKAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
February 19, 2015
18:19 EDTMHKOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:06 EDTMHKMohawk sees Q1 EPS $1.54-$1.63, consensus $1.56
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16:06 EDTMHKMohawk reports Q4 EPS ex-charges $2.27, consensus $2.21
Reports Q4 revenue $1.95B, consensus $1.94B.
15:32 EDTMHKNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Public Storage (PSA), consensus $2.19... Intuit (INTU), consensus (13c)... Consolidated Edison (ED), consensus 55c... Nordstrom (JWN), consensus $1.35... Mohawk Industries (MHK), consensus $2.21... Newmont Mining (NEM), consensus 10c... Frontier Communications (FTR), consensus 5c... Brocade Communications (BRCD), consensus 24c... Bruker (BRKR), consensus 29c... Rovi (ROVI), consensus 41c... Marvell Technology (MRVL), consensus 24c... MRC Global (MRC), consensus 46c... Equinix (EQIX), consensus $1.03.
08:38 EDTMRKNewLink reports clinical development milestone achieved with Merck for rVSV-EBOV
NewLink Genetics (NLNK) announced that it had received notification from Merck (MRK) that the milestone event specified in the license and collaboration agreement between the two companies relating to the further development of the rVSV-EBOV, Ebola, vaccine candidate had been achieved. Under the terms of the agreement, NewLink Genetics will receive a payment of $20M in connection with the achievement of the milestone. The milestone pertains to the initiation of a key clinical trial for the vaccine.
08:30 EDTHONHoneywell repeats target for double digit earnings growth over 2013-2018 period
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08:28 EDTHONHoneywell CFO says would consider adding leverage for right M&A deal
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08:22 EDTHONHoneywell reaffirms FY15 sales, EPS forecast
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06:08 EDTAGIAlamos Gold reports Q4 EPS (3c), consensus (3c)
Reports Q4 operating revenue $46.06M, consensus $46.06M. Reports Q4 ounces produced 42,500.
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