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February 12, 2014
06:20 EDTBX, ASH, DHRAshland receives bids for specialty chemicals company, Bloomberg reports
Ashland (ASH) has received three bids for its water-chemicals unit, reports Bloomberg. One was a joint proposal from Blackstone Group (BX) and Danaher Corp. (DHR) valued at about $2B, sources say. Clayton Dubilier & Rice and Rhone Group also made offers of less than $2B, sources added. Reference Link
News For ASH;BX;DHR From The Last 14 Days
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October 2, 2015
07:15 EDTBXBlackstone's Gray: Bearish market to lead to REIT takeovers, Bloomberg says
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October 1, 2015
19:15 EDTBXJPMorgan preparing $18B bid for U.K. mortgage pool, Bloomberg says
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13:37 EDTBXBerry Plastics completes purchase of AVINTIV for $2.45B
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08:03 EDTBXBlackstone completes spin-off of PJT Partners
Blackstone (BX) and PJT Partners (PJT) announced the successful completion of the previously announced spin-off of Blackstone's financial and strategic advisory services, restructuring and reorganization advisory services and Park Hill Group businesses, which have been combined with PJT Capital LP, a global independent financial advisory firm founded by Paul J. Taubman, to form an independent, publicly traded company called PJT Partners. Blackstone common unitholders of record as of the close of business on September 22, 2015 received one share of Class A common stock of PJT Partners for every 40 common units of Blackstone held on the record date. The spin-off has been structured to be tax-free to Blackstone's common unitholders for U.S. Federal income tax purposes, except to the extent of any gain or loss recognized by a common unitholder as a result of any cash received in lieu of fractional shares. Common unitholders are urged to consult their tax advisors with respect to U.S. federal, state, local and non-U.S. tax consequences of the spin-off.
September 30, 2015
10:01 EDTDHROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Apollo Investment (AINV) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... Ares Capital (ARCC) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Barrett Business (BBSI) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... BlackRock Capital Investment (BKCC) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Danaher (DHR) initiated with an Outperform at Leerink... FS Investment (FSIC) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Fossil (FOSL) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Home Bancorp (HBCP) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... MEDNAX (MD) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... MSG Networks (MSGN) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... MaxLinear (MXL) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... NanoString (NSTG) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... On Deck Capital (ONDK) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... PennantPark (PNNT) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Petrobras (PBR) initiated with an Underperform at Macquarie... Signature Bank (SBNY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Solar Capital (SLRC) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Sterling Bancorp (STL) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Valeant (VRX) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill.
07:36 EDTDHRDanaher initiated with an Outperform at Leerink
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September 25, 2015
10:58 EDTBXBlackstone management to meet with Jefferies
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September 23, 2015
16:34 EDTBXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the day in quiet fashion and remained that way during the first hour of trading. Following the release of the weekly energy inventory report, the averages moved lower and looked to be possibly setting up for another selloff. Positive comments on China's economy by its President, who is visiting the U.S., brought out buyers, who pared the market's losses. The averages finished slightly in the red in a day marked by low volume as a number of market participants may have been absent in observance of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing manager's index was flat at 53.0 in September, which was slightly better than the expectation for it to dip to 52.8. EIA inventory data showed a 1.93M barrel fall in crude oil inventories, versus expectations for a weekly drawdown of 1.25M barrels. In China, Markit's flash manufacturing PMI fell to 47.0 in September from 47.3 last month. In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 53.9 in the first look for September, down from 54.3 in August and below expectations for a reading of 54.1. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Volkswagen (VLKAY) trading in New York rebounded 6.5% to $27.10 following the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and saying it will consider his replacement at a meeting Friday. Prior to the CEO change news, the stock was downgraded at research firms JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Natixis to hold or equivalent ratings this morning. Accounting for today's advance, U.S.-listed shares of Volkwagen are still down nearly 29% since last Friday, when the EPA publicly accused the automaker of equipping certain diesel cars sold in the U.S. with software that circumvented emissions standards... Against the backdrop of China's President Xi Jinping visiting the U.S., Boeing (BA) announced deals to sell 300 planes to three Chinese companies and set up an aircraft factory in China. The deals are possibly worth tens of billions of dollars in total and represent the largest total order the planemaker has received from Chinese companies, according to Reuters. The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Cisco (CSCO) plans to announce a partnership with Chinese server maker Inspur Group during President Xi Jinping's visit. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was First Niagara (FNFG), which advanced $1.30, or 14.5%, to $10.26 following a Bloomberg report that the company is exploring a sale. DealReporter noted that potential suitors include Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) and New York Community Bancorp (NYCB). BioMed Realty (BMR) gained $2.36, or 12.3%, to $21.54 after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks to sell itself and has attracted attention from firms including Blackstone (BX). Heron Therapeutics (HRTX) rose $7.25, or 21.6%, to $40.81 after announcing that its Phase 2 study of HTX-011 for post-operative pain met its primary endpoint. Shares of a competitor Pacira (PCRX) declined 7.65% after the news, with several analysts remarking that Heron's data compares favorably versus Pacira's Exparel drug. Summit Midstream Partners (SMLP) declined $3.90, or 18.2%, to $17.52 following a Bloomberg report that Energy Capital Partners is seeking to sell its stake in the company. Synchronoss (SNCR) fell 10.75% to $33.37 after research firm Baird said it has become "increasingly concerned" that Verizon (VZ) is "no longer fully committed" to the white-label cloud product it offers in conjunction with the cloud services provider. INDEXES: The Dow fell 50.58, or 0.31%, to 16,279.89, the Nasdaq lost 3.98, or 0.08%, to 4,752.74, and the S&P 500 declined 3.98, or 0.2%, to 1,938.76.
10:24 EDTBXBioMed Realty surges after report of exploring sale
Shares of BioMed Realty Trust (BMR) are surging in morning trading following a Bloomberg report that said the company is in talks to sell itself. WHAT'S NEW: BioMed Realty Trust, a San Diego-based real estate investment trust with a market value of $3.9B, is exploring a sale, Bloomberg reported last night. According to sources, the company, which went public in 2004, has hired Morgan Stanley (MS) to explore a potential deal. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bloomberg reported that BioMed Realty has attracted interest from firms including Blackstone Group (BX), explaining that buying REITs is a way for buyers like the private equity firm to put large amounts of cash to work. One source notes that talks remain ongoing and there is no guarantee a deal will be finalized. In July, Blackstone finalized an agreement to acquire shopping center REIT Excel Trust (EXL). ANALYST TAKE: Canaccord upgraded BioMed Realty to Buy from Hold following the Bloomberg report and raised its price target to $23 from $21. Analyst Paul Morgan said the M&A report highlights BioMed's "discounted" valuation to peers, reducing the emphasis on near-term earnings issues of asset sales and lease terminations. Morgan said the firm's preliminary $25 takeout valuation "could prove conservative" in case the M&A process is "competitive." Blackstone and other private equity players, Morgan said, have the "capacity" to look beyond short-term earnings challenges to extract value from REITs. PRICE ACTION: BioMed Realty Trust is up 11.7% to $21.42 in morning trading.
06:23 EDTBXBioMed Realty Trust in talks to sell itself, Bloomberg reports
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September 22, 2015
16:36 EDTASHOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session sharply lower and remained that way throughout the session. There was little in the way of buying as each of the major equity indexes slid over 1% and the market internals were decidedly negative. The auto industry and biotech sector were both notably weak, after the French government called for an investigation into the entire auto industry in the wake of the Volkswagen (VLKAY) emissions scandal and Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton presented a plan to limit the cost of drugs for consumers. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.6% to 224.5 in July, which was better than the 0.4% rise that was expected. The Richmond Fed factory index fell to -5 in September, versus the reading of 2 that was expected. In Asia, the Asian Development Bank cut its growth forecast for the region, citing a weaker outlook for China and India and a delayed recovery in the world's advanced economies. The bank now sees the Chinese economy growing 6.8% this year and 6.7% next year, down from its previous forecasts of 7.2% and 7%, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) Chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was diagnosed with lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank... Bank of America (BAC) shareholders approved a proposal to ratify the 2014 amendments to the company's bylaws that permitted the board of directors to determine its leadership structure, meaning Brian Moynihan can retain his dual role as both Chairman and CEO... Shares of several fertilizer companies slid after Mosaic (MOS) announced it will reduce its potash production in response to current crop nutrient market conditions, primarily related to delayed fertilizer purchases in Brazil and North America. Shares of Mosaic finished the day down 7% at $33.87 following last night's announcement, while Potash (POT) fell 6.5% and Agrium (AGU) dropped 3.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ashland (ASH), which advanced $2.78, or 2.6%, to $108.50 after announcing it will proceed with a plan to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies. Also higher was Weatherford (WFT), which gained 90c, or 10.7%, to $9.31 after cancelling plans for a public share offering, after which research firms Jefferies and Iberia both reiterated Buy-equivalent ratings on the stock. Among the noteworthy losers were Office Depot (ODP) and Staples (SPLS), which declined a respective 4% and 5.8% after the New York Post quoted a source as saying the FTC may move to block their merger plan. Also lower was Groupon (GRPN), which slipped 2.2% to $4.08 after announcing plans to cut 1,100 jobs related primarily to its international operations. ConAgra (CAG), Carnival (CCL), and CarMax (KMX) fell 7%, 5.5%, and 4.65%, respectively, following their quarterly earnings reports. INDEXES: The Dow fell 179.72, or 1.09%, to 16,330.47, the Nasdaq lost 72.23, or 1.5%, to 4,756.72, and the S&P 500 dropped 24.23, or 1.23%, to 1,942.74.
15:15 EDTBXBlackstone ends pursuit of NCR Corp., NY Post says
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15:08 EDTBXBlackstone ends talks to buy NCR Corp., NY Post says
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09:20 EDTASHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Ashland (ASH), up 4% after announcing that its board has approved proceeding with a plan to separate Ashland into two independent, publicly traded companies: the new Ashland, a provider of specialty chemical solutions, and Valvoline, which will focus on building the world's leading engine and automotive maintenance business... Solera Holdings (SLH), up 3% after Bloomberg reported that IHS (IHS) is considering besting Vista Equity Partners' $55.85 per share offer for Solera. Shares of IHS are up xxx% following the report... Weatherford (WFT), up 11% after stating that it has decided not to pursue its previously announced concurrent public offerings of ordinary shares of the company and mandatorily exchangeable subordinated notes. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Carnival (CCL), down 3.7%. ALSO LOWER: Groupon (GRPN), down 0.7% after announcing plans to cut 1,100 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations... New Mountain Finance (NMFC), down 4% after its 5M share spot secondary priced at $14.14 per share... Memorial Resource Development (MRD), down 4% after announcing it acquired additional acreage in North Louisiana and pricing its 12M share spot secondary at $17.60 per share.
07:58 EDTASHAshland October volatility elevated, separating into two independent companies
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07:44 EDTASHAshland to host conference call
Conference call to discuss plan to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies will be held on September 22 at 9 am. Webcast Link
07:33 EDTASHAshland to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies
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September 21, 2015
12:03 EDTBXBlackstone funds to acquire ISD
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September 20, 2015
18:47 EDTBXBlackstone to announce Intertrust IPO, Bloomberg says
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