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December 18, 2012
08:59 EDTFDS, HAL, NLSN, SAFM, BHI, ARB, SLB, VNDAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER AFTER EARNINGS: Sanderson Farms (SAFM), up 1.5%... ALSO HIGHER: Vanda Pharmaceuticals (VNDA), up 27.6% after Tasimelteon met primary endpoint in trial... Arbitron (ARB), up 24.5% after agreeing to acquisition by Nielsen (NLSN) for $48 per share in cash. Nielsen shares also up 3%... LOWER AFTER EARNINGS: FactSet (FDS), down 3.5%... ALSO LOWER: Baker Hughes (BHI), down 3.6% after cutting forecast, citing weak North American drilling. Peer Halliburton (HAL) down 1.5% as well. Schlumberger (SLB) down 0.3%, has already issued its on Q4 EPS warning.
News For ARB;NLSN;VNDA;BHI;HAL;SLB;SAFM;FDS From The Last 14 Days
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August 26, 2015
09:20 EDTBHIBaker Hughes upgraded to Conviction List from Outperform at Iberia
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09:12 EDTSLBSchlumberger says no plans to divest anything from Cameron
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08:47 EDTSLBSchlumberger says the acquisition could increase sales base by 20%
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07:58 EDTHAL, SLBC&J Energy downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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07:00 EDTSLBSchlumberger volatility elevated into acquiring Cameron in a $14.8B deal
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06:21 EDTSLBSchlumberger to host conference call
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06:11 EDTSLBCameron volatility elevated into Schlumberger agrees to acquire in $14.8B deal
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06:04 EDTSLBSchlumberger agrees to acquire Cameron in deal valued at $14.8B
Schlumberger Limited (SLB) and Cameron (CAM) jointly announced a definitive merger agreement in which the companies will combine in a stock and cash transaction. The agreement was unanimously approved by the boards of both companies. Under the terms of the agreement, Cameron shareholders will receive 0.716 shares of Schlumberger common stock and a cash payment of $14.44 in exchange for each Cameron share. Based on the closing stock prices of both companies on August 25, the agreement places a value of $66.36 per Cameron share, representing a 37.0% premium to Cameron's 20-day volume weighted average price of $48.45 per share, and a 56.3% premium to Cameron's most recent closing stock price of $42.47 per share. Upon closing, Cameron shareholders will own approximately 10% of Schlumberger's outstanding shares of common stock. The total transaction has a value of $14.8B as of August 25. Schlumberger expects to realize pretax synergies of approximately $300M-$600M in the first and second year, respectively. Initially, the synergies are primarily related to reducing operating costs, streamlining supply chains, and improving manufacturing processes, with a growing component of revenue synergies in the second year and beyond. Schlumberger also expects the combination to be accretive to EPS by the end of the first year after closing. The transaction combines two complementary technology portfolios into a "pore-to-pipeline" products and services offering to the global oil and gas industry. On a pro forma basis, the combined company had 2014 revenues of $59B. The transaction is subject to Cameron shareholders' approval, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. It is anticipated that the closing of the transaction will occur in Q1 of 2016.
06:01 EDTSLBSchlumberger agrees to acquire Cameron in deal valued at $14.8B
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August 25, 2015
11:50 EDTSAFMSanderson Farms says 'relief' needed from drop in leg volume and prices
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11:17 EDTSAFMSanderson Farms: Food service demand was better in Q3 than previous year
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07:06 EDTSAFMSanderson Farms on track to increase production at Palestine, TX plant in Jan.
The company says, "The plant is now moving to fifty percent capacity, and we are on schedule to increase production at the plant again in January 2016. We expect to reach full production during the second fiscal quarter of 2016. We also broke ground on our new St. Pauls, North Carolina, facilities in July, and we look forward to the opportunities the new facilities will provide to our shareholders, our customers and our employees."
07:05 EDTSAFMSanderson Farms: Results affected by accurals booked for bonus award program
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07:05 EDTSAFMSanderson Farms reports Q3 EPS $2.27, consensus $2.90
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August 21, 2015
13:05 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count up 1 to 885
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August 20, 2015
09:17 EDTNLSNDisney hit with another downgrade on TV concerns
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06:36 EDTNLSNBernstein cuts Disney, Time Warner with TV entering 'structural decline'
Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded his rating on both Disney (DIS) and Time Warner (TWX) saying the U.S. television industry is entering a period of "prolonged structural decline." With viewers moving away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported, media companies with the least exposure to U.S. advertising represent the most favorable investments, Juenger tells investors in a 48-page research note on the Media sector. The analyst moved both companies to a Market Perform rating from Outperform, and lowered his price target for Disney to $114 from $125 and for Time Warner to $90 from $101. He called the downgrade of Time Warner a "very close call" as his new price target still represents 15% upside from current levels. Share performance in the entire Media sector will be challenged until the content owners take steps to "reclaim on-demand viewing" from streaming services like Netflix (NFLX) and use it to protect affiliate fees, Juenger argues. His Outperform-rated names are Nielsen (NLSN) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Along with Time Warner and Disney, the analyst has Market Perform ratings on AMC Networks (AMCX), CBS (CBS), Scripps Networks (SNI) and Discovery (DISCA). Juenger has an Underperform rating on Viacom (VIAB). Wells Fargo on Tuesday also downgraded Disney to Market Perform. Piper Jaffray this morning told investors that the recent pullback in shares of AMC Networks brings a "great" entry point into the name.
August 19, 2015
09:25 EDTSAFMBB&T to hold a conference
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07:33 EDTSLBCameron and Schlumberger's Subsea to supply pump system for Stones development
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06:12 EDTNLSNStarbucks K-cup momentum is accelerating, says UBS
UBS analyst Keith Siegner says Starbucks (SBUX) is seeing accelerating momentum in the single-serve cup category. The company's K-cup sales increased 36% year-over-year for the four-week period ended August 8, according to Nielsen (NLSN), Siegner tells investors in a research note. Starbucks' K-cup promotion levels ticked up sequentially, but remain well below levels from earlier in the year, the analyst points out. The company's K-Cup portfolio continues to gain share despite increasing price pressure and new market entrants like Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) and McDonald's (MCD), Siegner writes. He keeps a Buy rating on Starbucks with a $63 price target. The stock closed yesterday up 9c to $57.83. Shares of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) are down 62% year-to-date in part due to the company's slowing sales in the single-serve cup category.
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