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October 22, 2012
10:01 EDTWAL, SNDK, MTW, EPB, CP, SLG, KSU, EW, TLM, PEG, EQR, DDR, BBT, CLF, APD, XRAY, BXSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Air Products (APD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... BB&T (BBT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... BancorpSouth (BXS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... DDR Corp. (DDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Dentsply (XRAY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... El Paso Pipeline (EPB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Equity Residential (EQR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Kansas City Southern (KSU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Manitowoc (MTW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... PSEG (PEG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... SL Green Realty (SLG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at ISI Group... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Talisman Energy (TLM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Canadian Pacific (CP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Western Alliance (WAL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.
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November 18, 2015
10:29 EDTSNDKOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:38 EDTCPNorfolk Southern has no interest in pursuing deal, CNBC's Faber says
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08:19 EDTSNDKRBC Capital to hold a tour
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07:24 EDTCPCP offer for Norfolk Southern a starting point, says Citi
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07:04 EDTCPCanadian 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."
06:50 EDTAPDAirgas buyout price fair, higher bid unlikely, says Deutsche Bank
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November 17, 2015
18:31 EDTCPNorfolk 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 EDTCP, KSUNorfolk 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 EDTCPNorfolk Southern jumps 6% in after-hours trading following merger proposal
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16:21 EDTCPCanadian Pacific proposes Norfolk Southern merger with 'sizable' premium
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16:17 EDTCPCanadian Pacific proposes business combination with Norfolk Southern
16:00 EDTCLFMesabi Trust: Cliffs Natural temporarily idling iron ore pellet production
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13:55 EDTCPCanadian Pacific COO won't confirm Norfolk Southern talks, Globe and Mail says
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08:37 EDTCLFCliffs Natural idling iron ore pellet production at Northshore Mining operation
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08:34 EDTEQRNAREIT to hold a conference
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08:22 EDTDDRJefferies to hold events at NAREIT
Jefferies Company Events being held at NAREIT in Las Vegas on November 17-18.
08:18 EDTCPScotiabank to hold a conference
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November 16, 2015
14:15 EDTPEGPSEG announces approval of $905M program to replace aging gas infrastructure
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10:25 EDTSNDKUBS trims Apple target, says iPhone partner cut production forecast
Hon Hai, which manufactures Apple's (AAPL) iPhones, expects to assemble significantly fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, UBS wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, is expected to assemble 10% fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, said UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, citing work from fellow UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh. Previously, companies that supply force touch components for iPhones saw a 10%-15% reduction in their orders, the analyst reported. These developments "are not encouraging," but Apple had previously ordered a large number of iPhones for Q4, according to Milunovich. Overall iPhone demand "could still be decent," he believes. However, the analyst lowered his iPhone sales estimate for Apple's March quarter to 61M from 62.5M, asserting that iPhone sales on China's November 11 Singles Day holiday may have come in below expectations. Based on October search volumes, he continues to believe that demand for iPhone units in the fourth quarter of the calendar year will be 75M, in-line with the consensus outlook. Milunovich trimmed his price target on Apple to $140 from $150 but kept a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE In a note to investors on November 10, Credit Suisse reported that it was cutting its estimates for 2016 iPhone sales. The firm expects sales of the device to fall 10.4% in the first quarter versus the same period in 2015, and it predicts that iPhone sales will decline 5.5% year-over-year in 2016. Suppliers with greater than 10% exposure to Apple include Avago (AVGO), SanDisk (SNDK), Analog Devices (ADI), Broadcom (BRCM), Texas Instruments (TXN), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Fairchild (FCS), Credit Suisse reported. The firm said it continues to have a negative view of the smartphone sector. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Apple added nearly 1% to $113.34.
07:39 EDTSNDKNetlist says appeals court upholds validity of LRDIMM patent against Inphi
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