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December 5, 2012
18:36 EDTBHP, WLTBHP Billiton considering bid for Walter Energy, Daily Mail reports
There is speculation that BHP Billiton (BHP) is considering a $55 per share offer for Walter Energy (WLT), according to The Daily Mail, which said it could be the "swan song" of CEO Marius Kloppers, which BHP Billiton is said to be planning a successor for. Reference Link
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April 17, 2014
07:06 EDTBHPBHP could benefit from rebound not spinoffs amid metal slump, Bloomberg says
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03:35 EDTWLTStocks with implied volatility movement; WLT ZNGA
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April 15, 2014
18:57 EDTBHPBHP Billiton reports Q3 total petroleum production up 10%
BHP Billiton reported total petroleum production for Q3 was up 10% over the prior year, with production for the nine months ended March 31 totaling 181.3 MMBoe. The company also lowered its FY14 production guidance to 245 MMboe, citing lower gas and natural gas liquids production in the Hawkville area of the Eagle Ford. BHP reported Q3 copper production fell 5%, with total copper production increasing 2% to 1.3 Mt for the nine months ended March 31. BHP reiterated its copper production guidance for FY14 of 1.7 Mt. BHP also reported Q3 iron ore production increased 23%, with production for the nine months ended March 31 growing 21% to 147,387 kt. BHP expects FY14 iron ore production to total 197 Mt.
15:12 EDTWLTWalter idling step in right direction but industry needs more cuts, says UBS
UBS believes Walter Energy's decision to idle its Canadian operations should lower the company's pace of cash burn and is "a step in the right direction" for the coal industry, but the firm still thinks more production cuts are needed for met coal prices to rebound. The firm thinks it will be hard for Walter to reach its asset sale target and maintains its Sell rating on the stock.
11:44 EDTBHPPotash Corp. advances after report says BHP could make new bid
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11:37 EDTWLTWalter Energy asset sales in Canada would be difficult, says Brean Capital
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09:35 EDTWLTActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTBHPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:09 EDTWLTWalter Energy to idle Canadian operations, temporarily lay off employees, staff
Walter Energy will begin idling its Canadian operations, including the Wolverine and Brazion coal mines in British Columbia, in April. The company will place its Wolverine mine on idle status effective immediately. Brazion will continue to operate the Brule mine but expects to idle the mine by July. The company will continue to operate its preparation plants at these mines to complete processing of coal that already has been mined and is in inventory. For 2013, coal production from Wolverine, which produces mid-volatile hard coking coal, was 1.6M metric tons, while the Brazion mines produced approximately 1.9M metric tons of low-vol PCI and 0.1M metric tons of hard coking coal. As of December 31, 2013, Walter Energy had approximately 1.1M metric tons of coal in inventory in Canada. Employment impacts include temporary layoffs of approximately 415 employees at the Wolverine mine, approximately 280 employees at Brazion, and other administrative support staff. A limited number of employees will remain at each site to operate the preparation plants and, once coal processing is complete, to perform ongoing equipment maintenance and provide ongoing security for the sites during the idle period.
07:46 EDTBHPPotash Corp. speculated to be targeted again by BHP Billiton, Globe & Mail says
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April 9, 2014
16:23 EDTWLTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after the minutes of the latest FOMC meeting struck a particularly dovish note. The averages, which were higher for the second straight session ahead of the minutes release, climbed to their highs over the final two hours of trade. Each index posted gains of over 1%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq again the biggest winner. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The minutes for the March 18-19 FOMC showed that some committee members were concerned that its future interest rate projections could be misconstrued by the market as advocating tighter monetary policies. The minutes also showed that committee members expect to continue tapering the Fed's asset purchases if the economy performs as expected going forward. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in February, matching economists' forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Several auto majors were in the news, notably General Motors (GM), which fell 91c, or 2.64%, to $33.62 as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yesterday announced that it fined the automaker for failing to respond to the administration's inquiry into its recall related to faulty ignition switches in a timely manner. Analysts at Morgan Stanley also downgraded the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight. U.S.-listed shares of Toyota Motor (TM) fell $1.37, or 1.26%, to $107.73 after the company announced the recall of over 6M vehicles worldwide. A report from Automotive News said that Volkswagen (VLKAY) issued a stop-sale order on some of it newer-model cars, but U.S.-listed shares of the German automaker, which were upgraded earlier in the session by Bernstein to Outperform, were unfazed and gained $2.91, or 5.72%, to $53.78... Two notable initial public offerings took place today, with hotel chain operator La Quinta (LQ) gaining 12c, or 0.71%, to $17.12 and Chinese medical exam and screening center operator iKang Healthcare (KANG) gaining $1.20, or 8.57%, to $15.20, in their first day of trade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was marketing software and solutions provider Constant Contact (CTCT), up $6.30, or 28.74%, to $28.22 after the company's preliminary first quarter revenue exceeded analysts' projection. Also higher was social media giant Facebook (FB), up $4.22, or 7.25%, to $62.41 after analysts at Susquehanna and SunTrust published positive commentary on the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down $33.20, or 6.78%, to $456.64 after last night saying it expects first quarter revenue to come in well below expectations, though the stock was defended by no fewer than three analyst firms following the announcement. Also lower were a number of coal producers, including Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) and Walter Energy (WLT), which each lost more than 6%, and Arch Coal (ACI), which fell over 3%, after all three stocks were downgraded to Sell at UBS. INDEXES: The Dow was up 181.04, or 1.11%, to 16,437.18, the Nasdaq was up 70.91, or 1.72%, to 4,183.90, and the S&P 500 was up 20.22, or 1.09%, to 1,872.18.
16:00 EDTWLTOptions Update; April 9, 2014
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12:18 EDTWLTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:00 EDTWLTWalter Energy falls 7.2%
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10:06 EDTWLTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:33 EDTBHPBofA/Merrill's industrial/mining analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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06:40 EDTWLTWalter Energy downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
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