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November 5, 2012
10:01 EDTCBS, HGG, TGT, NRG, MSG, ENB, BRO, WPZ, QCOM, MNKD, HES, EPB, ARO, STT, PRGO, MON, GCOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aeropostale (ARO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Brown & Brown (BRO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... CBS (CBS) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Disney (DIS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... El Paso Pipeline (EPB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Enbridge (ENB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Genesco (GCO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... Madison Square Garden (MSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... MannKind (MNKD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Monsanto (MON) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi... NRG Energy (NRG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Perrigo (PRGO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Qualcomm (QCOM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... State Street (STT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore... Target (TGT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Williams Partners (WPZ) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... hhgregg (HGG) upgraded to Above Average from Average at Caris.
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June 22, 2015
10:41 EDTWPZOptions with increasing implied volatility
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June 21, 2015
19:53 EDTPRGOMylan CEO says Teva's 4.61% stake may be 'illegal,' Bloomberg reports
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18:23 EDTWPZWilliams sees 10%-15% dividend growth through 2020
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18:21 EDTWPZWilliams to explore strategic alternatives after unsolicited proposal
Williams (WMB) announced that its board of directors has authorized a process to explore a "range" of strategic alternatives -- including a merger, a sale of Williams, or continuing the existing operating plan -- following receipt of an unsolicited proposal to acquire Williams in an all-equity transaction at a stated per share price of $64. The unsolicited proposal was contingent on the termination of Williamsí pending acquisition of Williams Partners (WPZ). With the assistance of its outside financial and legal advisors, the Williams board considered the unsolicited proposal and determined that it "significantly" undervalues Williams and would not deliver value commensurate with what Williams expects to achieve on a standalone basis and through other growth initiatives, including the pending acquisition of Williams Partners. During its strategic review process, Williams will continue to work towards the completion of the Partners transaction.
June 19, 2015
16:24 EDTTGTStocks end week higher after Fed reassures on gradual pace of rate increases
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14:42 EDTAROAeropostale slumps after EVP Emilia Fabricant to leave company
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08:39 EDTMONMonsanto volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Monsanto June weekly option implied volatility is at 29, July and October is at 22; compared to its 52-range of 14 to 27, suggesting large near term price movement into its expected release of Q3 results on June 24.
07:35 EDTENBEnbridge agrees to transfer Canadian Mainline to Enbridge Income Fund for $30.4B
Enbridge has reached agreement with Enbridge Income Fund to transfer its Canadian Liquids Pipelines Business, held by Enbridge Pipelines, or EPI, and Enbridge Pipelines Athabasca, or EPA, and certain Canadian renewable energy assets to the Fund for consideration payable at closing valued at $30.4B. The Transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions, as well as a vote of the public shareholders of Enbridge Income Fund Holdings, which is expected to occur in August. The Transaction is a key component of Enbridge's Financial Strategy Optimization introduced in December of last year which included an increase in the company's targeted dividend payout. It advances the company's sponsored vehicle strategy and supports Enbridge's previously announced 33 percent dividend increase in 2015 and expected annual average dividend per share, or DPS, growth of 14%-16% from 2016 through to 2018. It also positions Enbridge to extend its industry leading DPS growth beyond 2018. The Transaction is expected to provide Enbridge with an alternate source of funding for its enterprise wide growth initiatives and enhance its competitiveness for new organic growth opportunities and asset acquisitions. In conjunction with the execution of the Transaction, Enbridge will commence employing supplemental cash flow metrics as part of its normal course quarterly reporting of financial performance and in its guidance. Among other measures, management also expects to utilize available cash flow from operations, or ACFFO, as defined under Non-GAAP Measures below, to assess the performance of its base business and expected growth program as well as its dividend outlook. ACFFO is currently expected to grow at a compound average annual rate of approximately 18% from 2014-2018, inclusive of the impacts of the Transaction. Going forward, the company will express its dividend payout range as a percentage of ACFFO rather than adjusted earnings. The target dividend payout policy range will be 40%-50% of ACFFO, which is approximately equivalent to the previous payout range of 75%-85% of adjusted earnings. The Transaction will significantly increase the Fund's scale and scope and create a transparent source of long-term growth driven by the $15B low risk, commercially secured growth program embedded within the transferred business, $2B of which is already in service. ENF's dividend is expected to be increased by approximately 10% on closing and by an expected further 10% at the beginning of 2016 and each year thereafter through 2019.
07:31 EDTENBEnbridge agrees to transfer Canadian Mainline to Enbridge Income Fund for $30.4B
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06:49 EDTNRGNRG Energy shares recommended at Credit Suisse
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05:52 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility movement; AMZN QCOM
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Amazon.com (AMZN) 24, Qualcomm (QCOM) 19 according to iVolatility.
June 18, 2015
18:24 EDTWPZWilliams Partners' Geismar olefins plant achieves 87% production rate
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16:35 EDTSTTState Street discloses receipt of 'Wells Notice'
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10:19 EDTQCOMQualcomm calls active
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08:05 EDTNRGNRG Yield to acquire GE EFS' 25% interest in Desert Sunlight Solar Farm
NRG Yield, Inc. (NYLD), through its subsidiary NRG Yield Operating LLC, has entered into an agreement with GE Unit (GE) GE Energy Financial Services to acquire its 25% interest in the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in Riverside, CA for $285M subject to customary working capital adjustments, plus the assumption of $287.4M of non-recourse project level debt. The acquisition, which provides NRG Yield with a total ownership of 137.5 megawatts of operating solar capacity, will place NRG Yield into a partnership with subsidiaries of NextEra Energy (NEE) and Sumitomo Financial (SMFG), who are the 50% and 25% owners of Desert Sunlight, respectively. The transaction is expected to increase both the annual run-rate EBITDA by approximately $45M and cash available for distribution by approximately $22M by 2016. NRG Yield expects to close the transaction by June 30, 2015. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approvals by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and notice of the acquisition to the California Public Utilities Commission. With this acquisition, NRG Yield now owns nearly 600 megawatts of solar generation. NRG Yield is supported by its parent, NRG Energy (NRG), which owns and operates approximately 1.2 gigawatts of solar generation, thus implying a combined solar portfolio of 1.8 gigawatts.
06:09 EDTPRGOTeva raises stake in Mylan to 4.3%, Globes reports
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June 17, 2015
18:14 EDTTGTTarget to eliminate jobs at its corporate headquarters, AP says
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12:15 EDTCBSNexstar and CBS enter into affiliation agreement renewals
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09:35 EDTMSGGuggenheim to hold a conference
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07:33 EDTBROBrown & Brown agrees to acquire certain assets of SBA
J. Scott Penny, Chief Acquisitions Officer of Brown & Brown, and Mark Abate and Michael Deneen, the controlling members of Strategic Benefit Advisors, or SBA, announced the acquisition of certain assets of SBA by Brown & Brown of Massachusetts, a subsidiary of Brown & Brown. SBA has annual revenues of approximately $11.5M. The SBA assets will continue to be operated out of the existing SBA headquarters located in Southborough, Massachusetts, under the leadership of Mark Abate and Michael Deneen.
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