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December 10, 2012
10:09 EDTOAS, PXD, XEC, FST, SWN, TER, RKUS, ACTG, PWR, NXST, LUFK, DUK, BBYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Best Buy (BBY) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Duke Energy (DUK) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Lufkin (LUFK) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Nexstar (NXST) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Quanta Services (PWR) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Teradyne (TER) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Acacia Research (ACTG) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) initiated with a Buy at Lazard Capital... Southwestern Energy (SWN) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Forest Oil (FST) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Cimarex Energy (XEC) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
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October 16, 2014
07:05 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy acquires Marcellus and Utica assets from Chesapeake
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07:05 EDTSWNChesapeake announces sale of shale assets for $5.375B
Chesapeake (CHK) announced that it has executed a Purchase and Sale Agreement to sell assets in the Southern Marcellus Shale and a portion of the Eastern Utica Shale in West Virginia to Southwestern Energy Company (SWN) for aggregate proceeds of $5.375B. The transaction, which is subject to certain customary closing conditions, including the receipt of third-party consents, is expected to close in Q4. Chesapeake has agreed to sell approximately 413K net acres and approximately 1,500 wells in Northern West Virginia and Southern Pennsylvania, of which 435 are in the Marcellus and Utica formations, along with related property, plant and equipment. Average net daily production from these properties was approximately 56K barrels of oil equivalent during the month of September, consisting of 184K Mcf of gas, 20K barrels of natural gas liquids and 5,000 barrels of condensate. The company said, "We expect our full-year production guidance for 2015 to remain in the range of 7-10% growth from 2014 levels adjusted for asset sales. I am very proud of the efforts that our Southern Marcellus team and all of our employees have put into building and developing our assets and creating value for our company. We look forward to deploying the proceeds from this significant transaction in ways that will continue to drive even greater shareholder value.”
October 15, 2014
16:37 EDTSWNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The market opened sharply lower amid sliding oil prices, worse than expected economic data, and the potential for a major M&A deal to fall apart due to tax inversion rule changes. The Dow fell more than 350 points within the first 30 minutes of trading, but then bounced back to move above its opening level. The volatility did not end there, however, as the market swung several more times during the session. The S&P 500's drop wiped out its gains for the year at one point, but a late day rally significantly cut the losses for the major averages. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales, which were expected to be down 0.1% in September, actually fell 0.3% in the month and slipped 0.2% excluding autos. The Producer Price Index for final demand decreased a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in September from the prior month, marking the first decline in the measure in over a year. The core PPI reading, which excludes food and energy, was unchanged, versus expectations for a 0.1% rise. New York's Empire State manufacturing index fell 21.4 points to 6.2 in October, severely missing the expectation for a narrower pullback to a reading of 20. Business inventories rose 0.2% in August, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. In China, the consumer price index climbed 1.6% in September from a year earlier, which was below the consensus projection for 1.7% inflation and down from 2% inflation in August. China's PPI plunged 1.8% year-over-year in September, which was more than the 1.6% slide expected and an acceleration of the 1.2% year-on-year decline in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Shire (SHPG) plunged $74.08, or 30.29%, to $170.49 after AbbVie's (ABBV) board last night stated that it was reconsidering its recommendation that the company's shareholders back a takeover of Irish drugmaker in light of the potential impact of tax rule changes on the deal. During the day, Bloomberg reported that people familiar with the matter say AbbVie is close to abandoning its $51B takeover bid, while Shire announced that it has agreed to waive the requirement for three business days' notice for AbbVie's board to meet to consider its offer. In contrast, AbbVie ended the session up 50c, or 0.92%, at $54.63... Wal-Mart (WMT) held its annual meeting, during which it lowered its fiscal year 2015 net sales growth forecast to 2%-3%, citing a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The world's largest retailer also cut its planned retail square foot growth expectations, due to a moderation of large format store growth and accelerated e-commerce investments. Following the outlook revisions, Wal-Mart closed down $2.78, or 3.57%, to $75.20. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Penford Corporation (PENX), which jumped $7.60, or 69.15%, to $18.59 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ingredion (INGR) for $340M, or $19.00 in cash per share. Also higher was Southwestern Energy (SWN), which rose $2.59, or 7.82%, to $35.69 after it was among a number of oil and gas exploration and production names upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Among the noteworthy losers was Nu Skin (NUS), which dropped $4.47, or 9.13%, to $44.50 after the company disclosed new debt arrangements that come with certain restrictions, including restrictions on the payment of dividends. Also lower were shares of Covidien (COV), which fell $6.50, or 7.04%, to $85.86 in the wake of the news for Shire and AbbVie, which investors may have read as jeopardizing Covidien's deal to be bought by Medtronic (MDT). Note that on October 3 Medtronic announced that it intends to use approximately $16B in external financing to complete the acquisition of Covidien and said the strategic benefits of the transaction "remain compelling" despite the additional expense of the new financing. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 173.45, or 1.06%, to 16,141.74, the Nasdaq slipped 11.85, or 0.28%, to 4,215.32, and the S&P 500 fell 15.21, or 0.81%, to 1,862.49.
14:01 EDTBBYIntel launches 'Intel Experience' exclusively in 50 Best Buy stores
Intel (INTC) has launched “The Intel Experience” exclusively in 50 Best Buy (BBY) retail stores nationwide. The hands-on experience zone gives everyone the opportunity to try, explore and play with the latest, cutting-edge technologies like 3-D printing, gaming meets augmented reality, and digital disc jockey remixing.
10:02 EDTSWNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:01 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy upgraded at BofA/Merrill
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08:37 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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October 13, 2014
09:06 EDTDUKJinkoSolar panels installed at Duke Energy's Capital Partners Solar Project, NC
JinkoSolar panels are being installed by SunEnergy 1 at the Duke Energy Renewables-owned Capital Partners Solar Project in eastern North Carolina. The solar project was announced as a partnership among three customers that will bring solar power from rural North Carolina to the urban settings of the Washington, D.C., institutions.
October 10, 2014
12:32 EDTPXDPioneer Natural volatility elevated on wide share price movement
Pioneer Natural October call option implied volatility is at 41, November is at 44, January is at 35; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
10:01 EDTPXDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 2U (TWOU) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Chuy's (CHUY) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Darden (DRI) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... EPR Properties (EPR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Resource America (REXI) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Silicon Motion (SIMO) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... W.P. Carey (WPC) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Wayfair (W) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital...Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee.
09:32 EDTNXSTNexstar upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore
October 9, 2014
16:43 EDTPXDPioneer Natural initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital
Target $270.
09:41 EDTBBYBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:37 EDTXECCimarex Energy named a Top Pick at Global Hunter
Global Hunter named Buy rated Cimarex a Top Pick following the recent pullback in shares and its strong Permian position. Price target is $189.
October 8, 2014
10:00 EDTXECOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Calamos (CLMS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Calix (CALX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Cogent (CCOI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Coty (COTY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley... Dassault Systemes (DASTY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Glu Mobile (GLUU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Goldcorp (GG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Greif (GEF) upgraded at Wells Fargo... PHH Corp. (PHH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Rent-A-Center (RCII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Royal Gold (RGLD) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at HSBC... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Springleaf (LEAF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TC PipeLines (TCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Tesco (TSCDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital.
07:29 EDTXECCimarex Energy upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie upgraded Cimarex to Outperform based on the recent pullback in shares and long-term upside. Price target is $153.
October 7, 2014
11:03 EDTDUKDuke Energy Renewable Services signs five-year service agreements
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October 6, 2014
17:31 EDTFSTForest Oil agrees to purchase Texas gas properties for $20M
Forest Oil Corporation (FST) said in a regulatory filing that it had agreed to purchase certain oil and gas properties located in the state of Texas together with various other related interests, rights, wells, leasehold interests, records, equipment, and other assets from BP America Production Company, a subsidiary of BP (BP), and Brammer Engineering pursuant to a closing letter agreement dated September 18 from BP, and accepted by Forest and Brammer on the closing date and a deed and assignment and bill of sale dated as of the closing date by and among Forest and the sellers. The assets exclude, among other things, certain rights, claims, credits, fee mineral interests, proprietary data, and records. The total consideration to be paid by Forest for the assets is $20M in cash, subject to customary adjustments to reflect the operation of the oil and gas assets prior to the closing, title defects, and unresolved consents to assignment and environmental defects. There are no relationships between Forest or any of Forest’s officers, directors, or affiliates, on the one hand, and sellers, on the other hand.
07:13 EDTBBYMobile Marketing & Technology Magazine to hold a conference
Mobile Payments Conference is being held in Chicago on October 6-8.
07:03 EDTFSTForest Oil sys proposed combination with Sabine continues to progress
Forest Oil Corporation and Sabine Oil & Gas announced that the proposed business combination transaction between Forest and Sabine continues to progress. Forest has set the date for the special meeting of its shareholders to consider and vote on, among other items, the combination between Forest and Sabine as November 20 pending completion of the SEC’s proxy statement review. Forest shareholders of record as of the close of business on October 3, will be entitled to vote at the special meeting. Additional information concerning the special meeting, including its time and location, will be provided in the Forest definitive proxy statement, which will be mailed promptly to shareholders after it is finalized. Both Forest and Sabine remain fully committed to completing this transaction in 2014.
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