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March 17, 2014
10:03 EDTALDW, KOG, AGU, RNF, POT, PSA, WTS, TCP, SI, STAA, REGN, POST, PTEN, MMLP, LO, CVLT, BHI, AHT, SAPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Alon USA Partners (ALDW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CommVault (CVLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Lorillard (LO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Martin Midstream Partners (MMLP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Post Holdings (POST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Regeneron (REGN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... STAAR Surgical (STAA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Siemens (SI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... TC PipeLines (TCP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Watts Water (WTS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Public Storage (PSA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Potash (POT) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... Rentech Nitrogen (RNF) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... Agrium (AGU) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SAP (SAP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup.
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July 11, 2014
13:09 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count up 1 to 1875
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12:36 EDTLOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:08 EDTLOLorillard jumps after confirming buyout talks with Reynolds
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11:17 EDTLOHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTLOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Altria Group (MO) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Berkshire Hills Bancorp (BHLB) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... CGI Group (GIB) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Halozyme (HALO) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Lorillard (LO) initiated with an Underperform at Cowen... MacroGenics (MGNX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Philip Morris (PM) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Prothena (PRTA) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Reynolds American (RAI) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... SouFun (SFUN) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Sterling Bancorp (STL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Xencor (XNCR) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... YPF (YPF) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair.
10:00 EDTALDWOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:09 EDTLOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:02 EDTLOLorillard acquisition by Reynolds may be announced soon, says Wells Fargo
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08:01 EDTLOLorillard volatility expected to move on Reynolds American confirms discussions
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07:11 EDTPTENPatterson-UTI Energy price target raised to $44 from $39 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital increased its price target on Patterson-UTI Energy as the firm is positive on the outlook for U.S. land drillers and likes the company's frac operating leverage, improving cash margins and valuation. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:02 EDTLOReynolds American confirms discussions about business combination
Reynolds American (RAI) confirms that it is in discussions with Lorillard (LO) regarding a possible acquisition of Lorillard. The discussions are consistent with RAI's strategy of considering a variety of options to enhance shareholder value. British American Tobacco, RAI's largest shareholder, is participating in these discussions. If the transaction proceeds, BAT expects to support the transaction by subscribing for additional shares in RAI and would maintain its existing 42% equity position in RAI. Imperial is also involved in these negotiations as a possible purchaser of brands and other assets from Lorillard and RAI. There is no assurance that any agreement will be reached by any of the parties. Unless circumstances dictate otherwise, RAI does not intend to comment further on these matters.
07:01 EDTLOLorillard confirms talks regarding potential acquisition by Reynolds American
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06:10 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports Q2 U.S. onshore well count up 428 from Q1 to 9,394
Baker Hughes announced that the U.S. onshore well count for Q2 was 9,394 wells, up 428 wells or 5% compared to Q1. Compared to 2Q13, the well count was up 383 wells or 4%. Compared to Q1, the well count increased most notably in the Permian basin, up 265 wells or 11%, Marcellus, up 78 wells or 16%, and Granite Wash, up 31 wells or 23%, basins. This increase was slightly offset by decreases predominantly in the Barnett, down 57 wells or 18%, and Cana Woodford, down 23 wells or 26%. The average US onshore rig count for Q2 1,796 rigs, up 72 rigs or 4% from the Q1 and up 87 rigs or 5% from 2Q13. On average, the US onshore rig fleet produced 5.23 new wells during the quarter, which represents a slight improvement in drilling efficiencies compared to the same quarter in 2013.
06:04 EDTLOImperial confirms talks with Reynolds, Lorillard over asset acquisition
Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) notes the recent speculation relating to a potential transaction involving Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO). Imperial confirmed it is in discussions with Reynolds and Lorillard to evaluate a possible acquisition of certain assets and brands owned by Reynolds and Lorillard. Earlier today, Financial Times reported that Reynolds and Lorillard are close to a merger agreement.
05:54 EDTLOReynolds American, Lorillard close to merger agreement, FT reports
According to the Financial Times, Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) are close to agreeing on a merger. The companies, which would have a combined market capitalization of $56B, have agreed with British American Tobacco (BTI), which holds a 42% stake in Reynolds, on key elements of the deal, including price. The companies are currently finalizing details on which production facilities and cigarette brands would be disposed of to ease antitrust concerns. Reference Link
05:52 EDTALDWAlon USA Partners downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
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July 10, 2014
17:51 EDTLOLorillard initiated with an Underperform at Cowen
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12:14 EDTLOLorillard jumps 2%, or $1.34, to $64.35
11:09 EDTLOOptions with increasing implied volatility
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06:07 EDTLOLorillard implied volatility of 40 at upper end of index mean range
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