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March 17, 2014
10:03 EDTSI, POST, LO, AHT, SAP, RNF, WTS, STAA, PTEN, CVLT, ALDW, KOG, POT, TCP, REGN, MMLP, BHI, AGU, PSAOn 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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December 11, 2014
07:02 EDTCVLTCommVault downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie
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December 10, 2014
16:32 EDTRNFRentech CEO D. Hunt Ramsbottom resigns
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12:04 EDTPOT, AGUUSDA lowers 2014/15 soybean ending stock forecast
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09:36 EDTPOTActive equity options trading
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07:56 EDTPOT, AGUUBS to hold a conference
Agriculture Investor Day is being held in Chicago on December 10.
December 8, 2014
07:30 EDTSAPSAP CEO sees company remaining independent for long-term, Reuters reports
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07:03 EDTKOGWhiting Petroleum completes acquisition of Kodiak Oil & Gas
Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL) announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp (KOG). The closing of the transaction follows the issuance of a final order by the Supreme Court of British Columbia approving the Arrangement on December 5, 2014. The all-stock transaction was previously approved by Whiting stockholders and Kodiak securityholders at special meetings held on December 3, 2014. The transaction enhances Whiting’s leading oil-weighted platform and is expected to drive production, reserve growth and operational efficiencies. Based on the closing price of Whiting stock on December 5, 2014, the combined company has a market capitalization of approximately $6.2B. As a result of the completion of the merger, the common stock of Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. is no longer listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Pursuant to the terms of the Arrangement, each share of common stock of Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. will be exchanged for 0.177 of a share of Whiting common stock.
December 5, 2014
13:05 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count up 3 to 1920
Baker Hughes reported the U.S. rig count was up 3 rigs from last week to 1920, with oil rigs up 3 to 1575, gas rigs unchanged at 344, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at 1.
10:00 EDTPOTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:43 EDTBHILondon bankers see oil slump spurring energy industry consolidation, WSJ reports
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07:11 EDTPOTPotash upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded Potash to Overweight citing improving industry fundamentals and the company's decreasing investment spending. The firm raised its price target for shares to $40 from $34. Shares of Potash closed yesterday down 23c to $34.93.
06:12 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports Nov. international rig count up 16 to 1,324
Baker Hughes announced that the international rig count for November was 1,324, up 16 from the 1,308 counted in October, and up 13 from the 1,311 counted in November 2013. The international offshore rig count for November was 341, up 15 from the 326 counted in October, and up 25 from the 316 counted in November 2013. The average U.S. rig count for November 2014 was 1,925, unchanged from the 1,925 counted in October, and up 169 from the 1,756 counted in November 2013. The average Canadian rig count for November was 421, down 3 from the 424 counted in October, and up 36 from the 385 counted in November 2013. The worldwide rig count for November was 3,670, up 13 from the 3,657 counted in October, and up 218 from the 3,452 counted in November 2013.
December 4, 2014
17:42 EDTBHIHalliburton announces integration leadership for Baker Hughes acquisition
Halliburton (HAL) announced its Board of Directors has appointed Executive Vice President and CFO Mark McCollum to the new role of Executive Vice President and Chief Integration Officer. In this capacity, he will serve as head of the Joint Integration Team that Halliburton and Baker Hughes (BHI) are assembling in connection with Halliburton’s pending acquisition of Baker Hughes. McCollum will continue reporting to Dave Lesar, Chairman and CEO of Halliburton, and will remain a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Christian Garcia, Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, will become Senior Vice President of Finance and assume McCollum’s CFO responsibilities on an interim basis. It is anticipated that McCollum will resume his CFO duties at the conclusion of the two companies’ integration. Garcia will report to Lesar and will join Halliburton’s Executive Committee. Charlie Geer, currently Vice President of Finance, will become Vice President and Corporate Controller and will take over Garcia’s accounting responsibilities on an interim basis as well. He will continue reporting to Garcia. The new roles are effective January 1, 2015. Belgacem Chariag, President of Global Products and Services for Baker Hughes, will serve as lead for Baker Hughes on the Joint Integration Team. On Nov. 17, Halliburton and Baker Hughes jointly announced a definitive agreement under which Halliburton will, subject to the conditions set forth in the agreement, acquire Baker Hughes in a stock and cash transaction
10:36 EDTKOGOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:08 EDTPSAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Archer Daniels (ADM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Miller Tabak... AuRico Gold (AUQ) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... BIND Therapeutics (BIND) downgraded at Credit Suisse... BRF S.A. (BRFS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CIRCOR (CIR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... DISH (DISH) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Enerplus (ERF) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Gildan Activewear (GIL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at GMP Securities... Kindred Biosciences (KIN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Nevsun Resources (NSU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Public Storage (PSA) downgraded at KeyBanc... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... SeaChange (SEAC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Noble Financial... Thor Industries (THO) downgraded at BMO Capital... Tupperware Brands (TUP) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... UTi Worldwide (UTIW) downgraded at Stifel... Vale (VALE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Vermilion Energy (VET) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Wal-Mart (WMT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS.
10:08 EDTALDWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:49 EDTALDWAlon USA Partners initiated with a Trim at Tudor Pickering
07:33 EDTPSAPublic Storage downgraded at KeyBanc
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06:47 EDTREGNRegeneron removed from Top Picks List at Credit Suisse
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06:04 EDTPSAPublic Storage downgraded to Underweight from Hold at KeyBanc
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