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June 30, 2014
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Amedisys (AMED) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Canadian National (CNI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Charter (CHTR) upgraded at Evercore... CoStar Group (CSGP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... KLA-Tencor (KLAC) upgraded at B. Riley... Miller Energy (MILL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Norfolk Southern (NSC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Quantum (QTM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Lake Street... Ryanair (RYAAY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Solvay (SVYZY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... TransCanada (TRP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Ultratech (UTEK) upgraded at Noble Financial... Wet Seal (WTSL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
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November 18, 2015
07:04 EDTNSCCanadian Pacific discloses details of offer letter to Norfolk Southern
Canadian Pacific (CP) disclosed the contents of the offer letter it sent to Norfolk Southern (NSC) on November 17, 2015 to clarify the details of a proposal that would result in the creation of a pro-competitive, pro-customer, coast-to-coast transportation solution. CP also announced it wishes to correct any misconceptions about the sizable premium offered to NS shareholders. In the letter, Canadian Pacific commented, "We propose a 50% cash 50% stock transaction based on Friday's closing stock price for both CP and NSC in which NSC shareholders would receive $46.72 in cash and 0.348 shares of stock in a new company which would own CP and NSC. The new company would be listed on both the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges, and maintain a strong investment grade credit rating. Our proposal represents a substantial initial 23.0% premium to NSC's 45-day VWAP of $79.14.1 In addition to providing NSC shareholders with a significant cash payment, the proposed transaction will provide NSC shareholders with an opportunity for meaningful upside appreciation in the future as synergies are realized as NSC shareholders will own 41% of the new company. Our advisors at J.P. Morgan have assisted us in valuing the newly merged company by taking into account future operating performance, synergies, expected earnings power and anticipated trading multiples. In light of the substantial synergies created by the combination, we believe that the fair value of the new company would be approximately $270.68 per share at the time of transaction closure-which is assumed to occur on December 31, 2017. As a result, NSC shareholders will receive at that time $46.72 in cash plus $94.16 in market value of the stock of the combined company which on a present value basis at the time of the anticipated announcement is expected to represent total value of $126.18 per share-which is a 59.4% premium to NSC's 45-day VWAP of $79.14. In addition, NSC shareholders would continue to receive a dividend of $0.59 per quarter during the pendency of the regulatory review of the transaction."
06:15 EDTYHOOYahoo included in New York's daily fantasy sports investigation, Reuters says
An investigation by the New York attorney general into the daily fantasy sports industry will no include Yahoo, Reuters reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. Yahoo operates its own daily fantasy site and received a subpoena by New York AG Eric Schneiderman, the report says. Reference Link
November 17, 2015
19:25 EDTNSCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Jack in the Box (JACK), up 3.7%... Vipshop Holdings (VIPS), up 2.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Universal Insurance (UVE), up 5.3% after issuing a statement saying that Lakewood Capital Management's statement was misleading... Norfolk Southern (NSC), up 2% after confirming a merger offer from Canadian Pacific (CP). LOWER: Citrix Systems (CTXS), down 1.8% after announcing operational review and the spin off of its GoTo family of products.
18:31 EDTNSCNorfolk Southern confirms 'low-premium' merger offer from Canadian Pacific
Norfolk Southern (NSC) confirmed it has received an "unsolicited, low-premium, non-binding and highly conditional indication of interest" from Canadian Pacific (CP) to acquire the company for $46.72 in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 0.348 Canadian Pacific shares per Norfolk Southern share, "representing a premium of less than 10% based on closing prices today." The company noted its board of directors "will carefully evaluate and consider this indication of interest in the context of Norfolk Southern's strategic plans, and its ongoing review of opportunities to enhance stockholder value... Notably, any consolidation among Class I railroads in North America would face significant regulatory hurdles."
17:32 EDTNSC, CNINorfolk Southern spikes after Canadian Pacific proposes merger
Shares of railroad operator Norfolk Southern (NSC) are spiking in the after-hours after rival Canadian Pacific (CP) announced that it has sent an offer letter to Norfolk Southern proposing a business combination. WHAT'S NEW: After the close of trading on Tuesday, Canadian Pacific proposed a business combination with Norfolk Southern "that would create a transcontinental railroad with the scale and reach to deliver improved levels of service to customers and communities while enhancing competition and creating significant shareholder value." Canadian Pacific noted that the proposal reflects a "sizable premium in cash and stock offered to NS shareholders." The combined company would have a potential for faster earnings growth than either of the companies independently, CP noted, while offering unparalleled customer service and competitive rates to shippers." The combined company would innovate a new approach to terminal access that would allow another carrier to operate from a point of connection in the event the combined company failed to provide adequate service or competitive rates. The combination of NS and CP would provide a solution to "bottleneck pricing" and alleviate congestion in Chicago by channeling rail traffic away from Chicago. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to a Globe and Mail report from earlier Tuesday, Keith Creel the COO of Canadian Pacific, who was speaking at a transportation conference, said rail mergers are inevitable but the executive "refused" to confirm past reports that the railroad operator was in talks to acquire rival Norfolk Southern. ANALYST VIEW: ON November 12, research firm BB&T said it believes there are many scenarios in which a merger between Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern would benefit both companies. The firm said that Norfolk Southern shareholders would get a 20%-30% premium above the stock's current level, while Canadian Pacific's potential revenue growth issues would be solved and its 2018 EPS would be boosted by 20% plus. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Norfolk Southern are up 6.9% to $93.00, while Canadian Pacific shares are unchanged. OTHERS: Publicly traded companies in the space include CSX (CSX), Canadian National (CNI), Genesee & Wyoming (GWR), Kansas City Southern (KSU) and Union Pacific (UNP).
16:22 EDTNSCNorfolk Southern jumps 6% in after-hours trading following merger proposal
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16:21 EDTNSCCanadian Pacific proposes Norfolk Southern merger with 'sizable' premium
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16:17 EDTNSCCanadian Pacific proposes business combination with Norfolk Southern
13:55 EDTNSCCanadian Pacific COO won't confirm Norfolk Southern talks, Globe and Mail says
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11:43 EDTSVYZYSolvay shareholders approve capital increase plan to buy Cytec Industries
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08:50 EDTYHOOCheetah Mobile reports strategic partnership with Yahoo
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08:18 EDTCNIScotiabank to hold a conference
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06:24 EDTTRPEnbridge reduces workforce in Canada, U.S. by 5%, Reuters says
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November 16, 2015
17:16 EDTAMEDNorth Tide Capital reports 8.1% passive stake in Amedisys
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16:53 EDTOASPaulson reduced stake in Valeant
Paulson & Co. gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: Perrigo (PRGO), CIT Group (CIT), Precision Castparts (PCP), Cameron (CAM), and Altera (ALTR). INCREASED STAKES: Teva (TEVA), Post Holdings (POST), Starwood Hotels (HOT), LivaNova (LIVN), and Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP). DECREASED STAKES: Valeant (VRX), Shire (SHPG), Whiting Petroleum (WLL), Computer Sciences (CSC), and Oasis Petroleum (OAS). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC), Broadcom (BRCM), and Sprint (S).
12:01 EDTCSGPCoStar Group management to meet with Needham
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08:41 EDTTRPTransCanada subsidiary signs contracts
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07:36 EDTCHTRBerkshire Hathaway discloses new AT&T stake in quarterly update
Berkshire Hathaway gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning. NEW STAKES: AT&T (T), Kraft Heinz (KHC), Liberty Lilac Group (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Phillips 66 (PSX), Charter (CHTR), Liberty Media (LMCK), Suncor (SU), General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: Goldman Sachs (GS), Wal-Mart (WMT), Deere (DE), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI), WABCO (WBC). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Viacom (VIAB).
07:16 EDTOASHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Impax (IPXL), CF Industries (CF), GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), ProNAi Therapeutics (DNAI). INCREASED STAKES: BioMarin (BMRN), NMI Holdings (NMIH), Vertex (VRTX), Endo (ENDP). DECREASED STAKES: Mylan (MYL). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Perrigo (PRGO), Oasis Petroleum (OAS), Whiting Petroleum (WLL), Newfield Exploration (NFX), SM Energy (SM).
November 15, 2015
12:42 EDTNSCGenesee & Wyoming shares could gain 20% or more in a year, Barron's says
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