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February 19, 2013
10:11 EDTRVBD, HP, XLNX, PNM, LUFK, CY, ATML, CLF, GILD, TFM, O, GNC, CRK, HAL, EFX, PWER, MGM, FET, CRLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Atmel (ATML) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Best Buy (BBY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Charles River Labs (CRL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Forum Energy (FET) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Lufkin (LUFK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... MGM Resorts (MGM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Realty Income (O) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PNM Resources (PNM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Power-One (PWER) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... The Fresh Market (TFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Equifax (EFX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore... Best Buy (BBY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus... Gilead (GILD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Cliffs Natural (CLF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Riverbed (RVBD) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Needham.
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November 17, 2014
06:47 EDTHALHalliburton to acquire Baker Hughes for $78.62 per share
Halliburton (HAL) and Baker Hughes (BHI) announced a definitive agreement under which Halliburton will acquire all the outstanding shares of Baker Hughes in a stock and cash transaction. The transaction is valued at $78.62 per Baker Hughes share, representing an equity value of $34.6B and enterprise value of $38B, based on Halliburtonís closing price on November 12, the day prior to public confirmation by Baker Hughes that it was in talks with Halliburton regarding a transaction. Upon the completion of the transaction, Baker Hughes stockholders will own approximately 36% of the combined company. The agreement has been unanimously approved by both companiesí boards. The transaction combines two highly complementary suites of products and services into a comprehensive offering to oil and natural gas customers. On a pro-forma basis the combined company had 2013 revenues of $51.8B, more than 136,000 employees and operations in more than 80 countries around the world.
06:45 EDTHALHalliburton, Baker Hughes reach agreement to combine
November 16, 2014
15:26 EDTHALBaker Hughes, Halliburton differed on pace of deal discussions, WSJ says
Before going hostile, Halliburton (HAL) indicated it would raise its mid-October bid to buy Baker Hughes (BHI), says the Wall Street Journal. According to the Wall Street Journal report, Halliburton did not come through with an improved bid before Friday, a deadline to nominate directors to Baker Hughesís board for the companyís annual meeting in April. According to people familiar with the matter between Oct. 13, when Halliburton made its proposal to Baker Hughes, and this past Friday, Halliburton felt Baker Hughes wasnít engaging on the offer and Baker Hughes felt pressured by its rival to act quickly under a deadline, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
November 15, 2014
08:21 EDTHALBaker Hughes says Halliburton trying to replace entire board
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November 14, 2014
17:31 EDTHALBaker Hughes, Halliburton merger talks said to stall, Bloomberg reports
A possible merger between Baker Hughes (BHI) and Halliburton (HAL) stalled due to the companies failing to agree on a price and divestiture concerns, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Halliburton could make an unsolicited tender offer for Baker Hughes and nominate a number of directors to Baker's board instead of acquiring the company, three of the people added. Reference Link
17:27 EDTHALBaker Hughes, Halliburton merger talks said to stall, Bloomberg reports
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17:13 EDTMGMAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Lorillard (LO), Alibaba (BABA), and Shire (SHPG). INCREASED STAKES: Whirlpool (WHR), Priceline (PCLN), Delta (DAL), CBS (CBS), and General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: American Airlines (AAL), Disney (DIS), Apple (AAPL), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Eastman Chemical (EMN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Expedia (EXPE), AIG (AIG), Prudential (PRU), Celanese (CE), and ASML Holding (ASML).
17:07 EDTHALSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:26 EDTHALNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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14:53 EDTGILDCVS Express Scripts implementing drug price controls, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research believes that CVS (CVS) and Express scripts are implementing rebates and price controls on drug. The firm expects the companies to increase their focus on controlling durg prices next year, and adds that they have already itnroduced prior authorization criteria for hepatitis drug. Publicly traded drug companies include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Makers of hepatits c drugs include AbbVie (ABBV) and Gilead (GILD),
11:48 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; GILD BBY
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11:16 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
The Fresh Market November call option implied volatility is at 77, December is at 44, March is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 43 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 20
10:43 EDTHALJefferies cautious on regulatory view of potential Baker Hughes-Halliburton deal
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09:38 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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09:25 EDTEFXEquifax management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in San Francisco on November 14 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
09:16 EDTHALOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:00 EDTHALHalliburton, Baker deal would face 'intense' DOJ scrutiny, says Jefferies
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07:27 EDTHALHalliburton acquisition of Baker Hughes would make sense, says Wells Fargo
After Baker Hughes (BHI) confirmed that it was in talks about selling itself to Halliburton (HAL) , Wells Fargo thinks the deal would make sense strategically, and says that a deal could be made. The firm says the deal would benefit both companies, and could be accretive for Halliburton. Wells keeps an Outperform rating on Halliburton.
06:20 EDTHALCiti sees 10% accretion if Halliburton pays $66/share for Baker Hughes
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05:55 EDTHALStocks with implied volatility movement; AFSI HAL
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