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January 27, 2014
10:00 EDTMHK, MTG, ETFC, SMI, XOOM, POT, MTH, HON, ATLS, HAFC, SALE, BTU, MRK, EIX, AGI, KSU, FMBI, PBOn 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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June 26, 2015
05:57 EDTPOTStocks with implied volatility movement; POT WMB
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June 25, 2015
17:43 EDTPOTPotash confirms proposal to K+S Aktiengesellschaft
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15:03 EDTPOTPotash call active on K+S likely to turn down takeover report
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14:59 EDTPOTK+S says assessing options after Potash submitted acquisition proposal
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (POT) has informed the board of executive directors and the supervisory board of K+S Aktiengesellschaft (KPLUF) that Potash Corp. may decide, depending on certain conditions, including a due diligence exercise, to offer to the shareholders of the company the acquisition of all outstanding shares by way of public takeover offer, K+S announced. "K+S is currently assessing the available options; this process is still ongoing," the company stated.
14:53 EDTPOTK+S likely to turn down takeover bid from Potash, Bloomberg reports
Potash Corp. (POT) has proposed a takeover offer of more than 40 euros per share to Germany's K+S (KPLUF), but the latter is likely to reject the bid as too low, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The German potash supplier is still evaluating the bid and no final decision has been made, Bloomberg added. Bloomberg's report follows German newspaper Handelsblatt stating that Potash was eyeing K+S for a possible takeover bid. Reference Link
12:10 EDTPOTHandelsblatt says Potash may target K+S, Bloomberg reports
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08:20 EDTEIXEdison International weakness overdone, says SunTrust
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June 24, 2015
15:47 EDTAGIAuRico Gold, Alamos Gold merger receives overwhelming shareholder approval
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15:31 EDTEIXEdison International puts active as shares pullback
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11:01 EDTHONHoneywell and Intel to collaborate for Internet of Things security
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09:07 EDTMRKCAR-T cancer drug researchers seen as M&A targets, Bloomberg says
Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), Kite Pharma (KITE) and Bluebird Bio (BLUE) are trading well above their IPO levels as takeovers predictions have spurred interest and share increases for the developers of CAR-T gene therapies, said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column, quoting Dimo Dimov, a professor at the University of Bath’s School of Management, as having said that companies such as Pfizer (PFE), Merck (MRK), Roche (RHHBY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) are "closely watching" the firms. Cellectis (CLLS), which is working with Pfizer on its own approach to CAR-T therapy, has said it wants to bring its therapy to market and doesn’t anticipate a sale, the report noted. Reference Link
June 23, 2015
18:00 EDTBTUS&P announces changes to the S&P 400, 500, 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: Columbia Pipeline Group (CPGX) will replace Allegheny Technologies (ATI) in the S&P 500, Allegheny Technologies will replace Unit Corp. (UNT) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Unit Corp. will replace PetroQuest Energy (PQ) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Wednesday, July 1. S&P 500 constituent NiSource (NI) is spinning off Columbia Pipeline Group in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. NiSource will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Allegheny Technologies, Unit and PetroQuest are all ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Casey’s General Stores (CASY) will replace AOL (AOL) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) will replace Casey’s General Stores in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, June 25. S&P 100 & 500 constituent Verizon (VZ) acquired AOL in a transaction completed today. TopBuild (BLD) will replace Aéropostale (ARO) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P 500 constituent Masco (MAS) is spinning off TopBuild in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Masco will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Aéropostale is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. “New” Gannett Co. (GCI) will replace Quiksilver (ZQK) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Friday, June 26. S&P 500 constituent Gannett Co. (GCI) is spinning off “new” Gannett Co. in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to TEGNA. and trade under the symbol “TGNA”. It will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Quiksilver is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. Cable ONE Inc. (CABO) will replace Peabody Energy (BTU) in the S&P MidCap 400 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Graham Holdings Company (GHC) is spinning off CableOne in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Graham Holdings will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Peabody Energy is ranked near the bottom of the S&P MidCap 400. The Chemours Co. (CC) will replace Semtech Corp. (SMTC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Semtech will replace Paragon Offshore (PGN) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday June 30. S&P 100 & 500 constituent E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (DD) is spinning off Chemours in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Dupont will remain in the S&P 100 & 500 following the distribution. Semtech and Paragon Offshore are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. “New “ Energizer Holdings (ENR) will replace Harsco (HSC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Harsco will replace FXCM (FXCM) in the SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Energizer (ENR) is spinning off “new” Energizer in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to Edgewell Personal Care Co. and trade under the symbol “EPC”. It will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Harsco and FXCM are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices.
17:25 EDTBTUCable ONE Inc. to replace Peabody in S&P 400 as of 6/30 close
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17:21 EDTSMISemiconductor Manufacturing, Qualcomm form joint venture to focus on 14nm tech
Earlier on Tuesday, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Huawei, imec, and Qualcomm Global Trading -- an affiliate of Qualcomm (QCOM) -- announced the formation of SMIC Advanced Technology Research & Development, an equity joint venture company. The joint venture company will focus on R&D towards next generation CMOS logic technology and an advanced integrated circuit development R&D platform. SMIC Advanced Technology R&D will be majority owned by SMIC, while Huawei, imec, and Qualcomm will be minority shareholders. "By enabling fabless semiconductor companies to join the development process as shareholders, the product development cycle can be shortened and the advanced process node tape out time can be accelerated," said the statement. In the first phase, the joint venture will develop 14 nanometer CMOS technology for mass production, which will be based on imec's expertise. The project will be done at SMIC's production line. SMIC will have the rights to license the required intellectual property rights on the mass production technologies of advanced nodes developed by the joint venture company.
16:00 EDTBTUOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
07:31 EDTPBStephens to hold a field trip
Bank Field Trip travels throughout Texas to visit with various banking companies on June 23-25.
June 22, 2015
19:56 EDTBTUUtilities sector dips after EPA warns of 'significant risks' from climate change
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10:14 EDTKSUKansas City Southern could yield synergies for Canadian National, says Cowen
Cowen said Canadian National (CNI) has been increasing its presence and service offerings in the U.S. Gulf coast and a merger with Kansas City Southern (KSU) could increase competitiveness and result in substantial revenue synergies. The firm said Kansas City Southern trades at a 25% premium to the rail group and any merger would involve a great amount of political risk and has no reason to believe the company is contemplating such a move.
09:01 EDTHONHoneywell selected for automation and security systems in Freeport LNG
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June 21, 2015
13:14 EDTMRKMerck shares could return 25%, Barron's says
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