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July 2, 2014
10:00 EDTBNPQY, USB, TRMB, NGLS, SBS, OHI, MM, DLAKY, HRL, HOG, EPB, CJES, BMY, BZH, VEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BNP Paribas (BNPQY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... C&J Energy (CJES) downgraded to Equal Weight at Stephens... El Paso Pipeline (EPB) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Harley-Davidson (HOG) downgraded to Market Perform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Hormel Foods (HRL) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Lufthansa (DLAKY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Millennial Media (MM) downgraded at Evercore... Omega Healthcare (OHI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Saneamento Basico (SBS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) downgraded to Equal Weight at Barclays... Trimble (TRMB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... U.S. Bancorp (USB) downgraded at RW Baird... Veolia Environment (VE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
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October 15, 2014
07:15 EDTCJESC&J Energy initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
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October 14, 2014
16:53 EDTEPBTennessee Gas Pipeline closes open season for South System Flexibility Project
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP) announced that KMP’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, or TGP, successfully closed a binding open season for its South System Flexibility Project for 500,000 dekatherms per day of capacity. MexGas Supply, formerly known as MGI Supply, the natural gas supply arm of Petróleos Mexicanos, has been awarded 100% of the project capacity. Anticipated project capital is $187M, with service beginning as early as Jan. 1, 2015. In addition, TGP initiated a binding open season Oct. 9 for its proposed Lone Star expansion project, which includes an incremental 300,000 Dth/d of firm transportation from Tennessee to South Texas for future infrastructure projects. TGP has secured an unnamed foundation shipper for this project and will announce the results and further details upon the close of the open season, which is scheduled for Oct. 31. The volumes committed are sufficient to justify building the project. The general partner of KMP is owned by Kinder Morgan (KMI). KMI owns the general partner interests of KMP and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB), along with limited partner interests in KMP, Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and EPB.
11:23 EDTBMYBIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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09:33 EDTHOGHarley-Davidson volatility elevated into Q3 and sales outlook
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October 13, 2014
12:16 EDTNGLSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly lower at midday amid light trading volume. Banks and bond markets are closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday, though equity markets remain open. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of freight train operators rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that one of the companies in the sector, CSX (CSX), was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. Following the Journal's report, CSX rose 10% and Canadian Pacific advanced 1%, while Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Kansas City Southern (KSU) both climbed about 3%... Chrysler returned to the U.S. stock market, as shares of Fiat Chrysler began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FCAU." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was J.C. Penney (JCP), which rose 3% after the company selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. Also higher were Atlas Energy (ATLS), which rose 20%, and Atlas Pipeline Partners (APL), which advanced 6%, after Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) and Targa Resources (TRGP) agreed to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners for cash and stock valued at $38.66 per APL common unit and agreed to buy Atlas Energy following the company's spin-off of its non-midstream assets. Among the noteworthy losers was Aerohive Networks (HIVE), which plunged 30% after the company lowered its guidance for the third quarter, citing weaker-than-expected order volume near the quarter's end. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell over 8% after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 32.14, or 0.19%, to 16,511.96, the Nasdaq was down 7.97, or 0.19%, to 4,268.27, and the S&P 500 was down 6.85, or 0.36%, to 1,899.28.
10:29 EDTNGLSTarga says has no expecation of reducing headcount to create value
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09:21 EDTNGLSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:38 EDTNGLSTarga Resources Partners to increase dividend by 4c post-closing
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08:32 EDTNGLSAtlas Energy to host conference call
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08:17 EDTNGLSTarga Resources Partners and Targa Resources to host conference call
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08:05 EDTBMYBristol-Myers, Pharmacyclics, Janssen announce clinical collaboration
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY), Pharmacyclics, Inc. (PCYC), and Janssen Research & Development, LLC (JNJ) announced today they have entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement to evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s investigational PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor OPDIVO in combination with IMBRUVICA, an oral Bruton's tyrosine kinase inhibitor co-developed and co-marketed by Pharmacyclics and Janssen. The Phase 1/2 study will focus on evaluating the safety and anti-tumor activity of combining OPDIVO and IMBRUVICA as a potential treatment option for patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, follicular lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Bristol-Myers Squibb has proposed the name OPDIVO, which if approved by health authorities, will serve as the trademark for the investigational drug, nivolumab. OPDIVO is part of a new class of cancer treatments known as immunotherapies, which are designed to harness the body’s own immune system in fighting cancer by targeting distinct regulatory components of the immune system. Each agent has individually shown activity against hematologic malignancies in clinical trials; pre-clinical evidence suggests OPDIVO and IMBRUVICA may have the potential for additive treatment effects in patients with hematologic malignancies. The study will be conducted by Janssen. Additional details of the collaboration were not disclosed.
07:57 EDTNGLSTarga Resources CEO says acquisition is 'compelling strategic opportunity'
Joe Bob Perkins, CEO of the Targa Resources and of the general partner of the Partnership, stated, "Both the Targa and Atlas management teams and our boards view this integrated transaction as a highly compelling strategic opportunity to combine two outstanding midstream businesses and create value for all shareholders and unitholders. We believe the combination provides our customers an enhanced midstream service offering, and presents our investors with an enterprise that has increased scale, diversity and growth. The acquisitions will significantly and immediately increase our scale and geographic diversity, accelerating the growth of our premier North American midstream platform. APL's footprint solidifies the Partnership's position as a leader in the Permian Basin, while adding top-tier assets in the Midcontinent and South Texas regions. Importantly, the combination of APL's NGL production with Targa Resources Partners' leading NGL downstream assets will allow the pro forma partnership to generate additional revenue along the NGL value chain, create additional attractive growth capital expenditure projects and accelerate current growth capital expenditure projects." The boards of the partnership (NGLS), the company (TGRP), ATLS (ATLS) and APL (APL) have each approved the respective merger agreements. Subject to the completion of the spin-off and customary approvals and conditions, including the expiration or termination of all waiting periods under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, the acquisitions are expected to close in 1Q15. The respective boards of APL, ATLS and the Company have voted to recommend the transaction to their unitholders and shareholders.
07:50 EDTNGLSAtlas Energy to spin-off non-midstream assets prior to acquisition by Targa
Prior to Targa Resources' (TRGP) acquisition of Atlas Energy (ATLS), ATLS will spin-off its non-midstream assets. After giving effect to the spin-off, ATLS's assets will solely comprise its general partner and incentive distribution rights interests in APL and 5.8M APL common units. Immediately following the spin-off and subject to the concurrent closing of the Partnership's acquisition of APL, Targa Resources will acquire Atlas Energy for total consideration of $1.87B, including 10.35M TRC shares valued at $1.26B based on the closing price of TRC's common stock on October 10 and $610M in cash. Targa Resources has arranged committed financing of $1.1B to replace its existing revolving credit facility and to fund the cash components of the transaction, including cash merger consideration and $149M related to change of control payments. Based on shares of TRC and units of ATLS outstanding as of September 30, current Targa Resources shareholders will own approximately 80% of the pro forma shares outstanding and current ATLS unitholders will own approximately 20%.
07:48 EDTNGLSTarga Resources sees 11%-13% distribution growth in 2015 following acquisition
For the Partnership, management expects to recommend a distribution increase 4c per limited partner unit at the first Bboard distribution declaration meeting after the transaction closes; which is expected to be in the first quarter of 2015. Assuming a first quarter close, the Partnership estimates full year 2015 pro forma distribution growth over full year 2014 of 11% – 13%, and expects distribution coverage to be at or above the Partnership's stated target range of 1.1x – 1.2x. In conjunction with the Partnership recommendation, management expects to recommend a dividend increase of 10c per share for Targa Resources following the closings of the transactions. Assuming a first quarter close and 11%-13% distribution growth at the Partnership, the company estimates full year 2015 pro forma dividend growth over full year 2014 of approximately 35%. The Company's estimated 2015 effective cash tax rate pro forma for the transaction is expected to be 10%-15% compared to 33% on a standalone basis. Targa Resources Corp. expects $1.00 - $2.00 per share dividend accretion over the long term
07:46 EDTNGLSTarga Resources to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners, Atlas Energy
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07:44 EDTNGLSTarga Resources to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners, Atlas Energy
07:13 EDTBMYBioFlorida to hold a conference
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06:44 EDTUSBRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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00:04 EDTUSBBanking regulators want more disclosure on auto loans, Reuters says
Banking regulators are requesting that banks provide more details on their auto loan portfolios, says Reuters. Balances remaining on auto loans are rising and about a fifth of the loans are subprime, added Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 12, 2014
13:03 EDTUSBBanks agree on derivatives procedures for future crisis scenario, WSJ says
Meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, top banking executives from 18 large U.S., European and Japanese banks agreed in principle to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution, says the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
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