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March 26, 2014
10:00 EDTWAG, GCA, WPX, ELS, PNRA, YDKN, TEF, SGY, WLT, HME, ACI, AXAS, E, CNX, EPL, ANROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Alpha Natural (ANR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Arch Coal (ACI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... CONSOL (CNX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... EPL Oil & Gas (EPL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Eni SpA (E) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... Equity Lifestyle (ELS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Home Properties (HME) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Peabody (BTU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Telefonica (TEF) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... WPX Energy (WPX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Walter Energy (WLT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Yadkin Financial (YDKN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Global Cash Access (GCA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Stone Energy (SGY) downgraded to Hold from Accumulate at KLR Group... Panera Bread (PNRA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Walgreens (WAG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.
News For AXAS;ANR;CNX;ACI;EPL;E;ELS;HME;TEF;WPX;WLT;YDKN;GCA;SGY;PNRA;WAG From The Last 14 Days
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June 30, 2015
13:31 EDTANRAlpha Natural creditors prepping for restructuring talks, WSJ reporter says
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07:46 EDTGCAGlobal Cash Access management to meet with Sterne Agee CRT
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07:45 EDTTEFEU agrees to enact 'net neutrality' law, WSJ reports
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06:09 EDTCNXCONSOL implied volatility of 49 at upper end of index
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June 29, 2015
13:47 EDTCNXSupreme court ruling could shift thermal coal sentiment, says Morgan Stanley
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12:24 EDTACIOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower at midday after a surprise power play by the country's Prime Minister may lead to either his exit from power or the country's exit from the euro zone. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In Europe, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a surprise referendum for July 5 on the terms put forth by the country’s creditors in exchange for additional rescue funding. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank decided not to expand its emergency liquidity assistance to Greek banks, leading the country to shut down its banking system and move to impose capital controls. In Asia, the People’s Bank of China cut the one-year lending rate by 25 basis points to 4.85% and lowered the amount of reserves certain banks are required to hold by 50 basis points, but the Shanghai Composite still closed the day with another 3.3% in losses. In the U.S., the National Association of Realtors' pending home sales index rose 0.9% to 112.6 in May, which was roughly in-line with expectations but also marked the highest level since April 2006. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of several coal miners advanced after the Supreme Court overturned the Environmental Protection Agency's air quality regulations for power plants, stating that the regulator did not properly take into account the costs to utilities and others in the sector. Peabody Energy (BTU) rose 5% after the ruling, while Arch Coal (ACI) gained 8% and Cloud Peak Energy (CLD) added about 3%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Aratana Therapeutics (PETX), which jumped 17.5% after the company announced results from its study of capromorelin, the company's therapeutic for appetite stimulation in dogs. Also higher was Amphenol (APH), which gained 4% after announcing it has entered into exclusive negotiations and has made a binding offer to acquire 100% of the shares of FCI Asia, which is involved in interconnect solutions for the telecom, datacom, wireless communications and industrial markets, for $1.275B from its private equity owner Bain Capital. Among the noteworthy losers were bond insurers MBIA (MBI), which dropped 18%, and Assured Guaranty (AGO), which fell 13.5%, after Puerto Rico's Governor said that the commonwealth would not be able to pay its debts and called for concessions from the island’s creditors. Both stocks were downgraded at BTIG following the news. Also lower following the news in Puerto Rico were First Bancorp (FBP), the bank holding company for FirstBank Puerto Rico, and Popular (BPOP), the parent of Banco Popular de Puerto Rico. Shares of Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE) declined 16% after the company announced that an ongoing Phase 2 trial of its treatment of overweight type 2 diabetic patients did not meet partner Boehringer Ingelheim's predefined endpoint criteria. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 218.57, or 1.22%, to 17,728.11, the Nasdaq was down 69.65, or 1.37%, to 5,010.85, and the S&P 500 was down 25.68, or 1.22%, to 2,075.81.
10:51 EDTCNX, ACISupreme Court overrules EPA regulations on power plant pollution, The Hill says
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10:41 EDTACI, ANR, WLT, CNXSupreme court rules EPA unlawful with power plant pollution rules, Reuters says
Publicly traded companies in the coal space include Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP), Alpha Natural (ANR), Arch Coal (ACI), CONSOL (CNX), Cloud Peak (CLD), Peabody (BTU) and Walter Energy (WLT).
June 28, 2015
18:43 EDTEEni finalizes terms for 50% subsoil rights in Isatay
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June 26, 2015
16:38 EDTACIArch Coal subsidiary receives imminent danger order
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11:08 EDTACI, CNX, ANRPeabody plunges after Moody's lowers credit rating
Shares of coal miner Peabody (BTU) are lower in late morning trading after Moody's Investors Service downgraded the company's credit rating last night. WHAT'S NEW: Moody's Investors Service downgraded the ratings of Peabody, including the corporate family rating, to B3 from B2, probability of default rating to B3-PD from B2-PD. The firm noted that the outlook is negative. Moody's said that the downgrade "reflects our expectation of continued deterioration in the company's credit metrics, more precipitous than we had forecasted previously, due to the ongoing decline in the seaborne metallurgical coal markets." The firm expects that the company's Debt/EBITDA, as adjusted, will approach 9x in 2015. Moody's said that although it anticipates some recovery in 2016, it sees the leverage remaining elevated at around 7x. Absent asset sales, the company will generate negative free cash flows in 2015 and 2016, Moody's said in the report. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Moody's said that a further downgrade would be considered if liquidity deteriorated, free cash flows were repeatedly negative and/or Debt/EBITDA exceeded 8x on a sustained basis. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Peabody are down over 9.5% to $2.08 in late morning trading, rebounding from an earlier low of $1.92. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the coal mining space include Alpha Natural Resources (ANR), Arch Coal (ACI) and CONSOL Energy (CNX).
June 25, 2015
10:00 EDTSGYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:16 EDTWPXWPX Energy to increase activity, EURs in Williston Basin
WPX Energy plans to increase its activity in the Williston Basin during the second half of 2015 by resuming completions and increasing its rig count from one to three before year-end. The decision follows significant process improvements, structural changes to lower costs, successful discussions with key vendors, a technical analysis of WPX’s well performance that led to higher estimated ultimate recoveries and favorable results from larger stimulations. WPX has rapidly driven costs out of its Williston operations. The company’s estimated drilling and completion costs in the basin are approaching $8 million per well with 6 million pound completions, representing a decrease of more than 30 percent vs. its average in 2014. The company is now recognizing a blended type curve of approximately 750 Mboe for its wells in the Middle Bakken and Three Forks formations, up 25 percent per well from previous estimates of 600 Mboe. This is based on historical well performance and the success of incremental completion changes WPX performed in late 2014. The company currently has an inventory of 14 Williston wells awaiting completion. This work is scheduled to resume in August, starting with a four-well pad. WPX is scheduled to test 10-million-pound stimulations with more stages, more entry points and a higher pump rate in the second half of 2015 using 100 percent sand on its Williston wells. The company previously used a combination of sand and ceramic proppant. WPX’s completion modifications include moving toward a higher intensity slick-water design targeting the potential to increase initial production rates and EURs even further. The company estimates $9 million drilling and completion costs per well to perform the larger 10-million-pound stimulations. Funding for additional Williston activity primarily is derived by redeploying cost savings the company is incurring and reallocating capital from its Piceance Basin operations to its Williston development. WPX plans to move to a one-rig program in the Piceance during the second half of the year and evaluate the extent of Piceance-related completions based on commodity prices. Total planned capital investments for full-year 2015 remain in line with the company’s previous guidance of staying within its projected operating cash flow.
05:27 EDTSGYStone Energy initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital
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June 24, 2015
15:41 EDTTEFVivendi increases position in Telecom Italia to 14.9%
Vivendi (VIVHY) announced that it has received 1.11B ordinary shares, or 8.24%, of Telecom Italia (TI) in exchange for 4.5% of the share capital of Telefonica Brasil (VIV), in accordance with the option given to it as part of the sale of GVT to Telefonica (TEF). Separately, Vivendi increased its ordinary shares in Telecom Italia from the recently purchased 1.9% with an additional stake of 4.76% purchased on June 22 for a total of 6.66%, representing a global cash payment of approximately EUR1B. Vivendi now owns 14.9% of Telecom Italia’s ordinary shares and has thus replaced Telefonica as the company’s largest shareholder. "This investment represents an opportunity for Vivendi... to expand in a market with significant growth prospects and a very strong appetite for quality content. Vivendi intends to support Telecom Italia over the long term," said the company.
10:43 EDTCNXStocks with call strike movement; BBRY CNX
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June 23, 2015
10:03 EDTCNXHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTHMEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:34 EDTSGYGlobal Hunter Securities to hold a conference
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06:16 EDTHMEHome Properties upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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