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February 1, 2013
10:01 EDTVIA, MW, HES, EA, VIAB, EPD, KKD, WHR, IVZ, HP, TWC, MA, HBC, ALKS, RDS.A, LTM, STZ, ARR, UPS, ZQK, HOLX, BOBE, BUDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AB InBev (BUD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... ARMOUR Residential (ARR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Alkermes (ALKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Bob Evans (BOBE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Constellation Brands (STZ) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... HSBC (HBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Hologic (HOLX) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... Life Time Fitness (LTM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... MasterCard (MA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Quiksilver (ZQK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Time Warner Cable (TWC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... UPS (UPS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Whirlpool (WHR) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Electronic Arts (EA) downgraded to Neutral from Long-Term Buy at Hilliard Lyons... Helmerich & Payne (HP) downgraded to Neutral from Add at Capital One... Time Warner Cable (TWC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Krispy Kreme (KKD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley Caris... Hess Corp. (HES) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... Invesco (IVZ) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Enterprise Products (EPD) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Men's Wearhouse (MW) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Cowen.
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October 1, 2015
10:31 EDTEPDEnterprise Products increases quarterly dividend to 38.5c per share
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08:00 EDTIVZSecurity Traders Association to hold a conference
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06:10 EDTUPSUPS to take minority stake in tech startup Ally Commerce, WSJ reports
UPS is investing in Ally Commerce, a tech startup that bypasses middlemen and allows brand manufacturers to set up websites and sell directly to consumers, The Wall Street Journal reports. UPS is set to take a minority stake in the startup, though exact terms of the investment have not been disclosed. Reference Link
September 30, 2015
17:04 EDTTWCEarthLink, Time Warner Cable extend high-speed service agreement
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13:33 EDTTWCFCC review of Charter-TWC deal likely to extend into 1Q16, CTFN says
The FCC's review of Charter Communications' (CHTR) proposed merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Bright House Networks will likely extend into the first quarter of 2016 and could take even longer, CTFN reports, citing an attorney who often deals with telecom issues before the FCC. "...It is virtually impossible for the FCC to complete its review and adopt an order approving the license transfer before 1Q16 and, in my opinion, even getting it done before April 1 is a stretch," Barbara Esbin, a partner at law firm Cinnamon Mueller, told CTFN in an email. Esbin also said that the merger "appears to have drawn none of the heavy flack that felled Comcast (CMCSA)-TWC," a proposal that was nixed by the FCC and DOJ earlier this year, the report says. California utility regulators are also preparing for their own review of the deal since it will particularly effect the southern half of the state, the report says. Reference Link
September 29, 2015
18:55 EDTVIA, VIABCablevision, Viacom in talks to settle antitrust dispute, Reuters says
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12:57 EDTTWCFCC nod for TWC, Charter deal may not be as easy as expected, dealReporter says
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09:34 EDTUPSDetroit Economic Club to hold a luncheon meeting
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09:22 EDTIVZMorningstar to hold a conference
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September 28, 2015
13:01 EDTEPDAnalyst says Sanchez Energy's asset sale to strengthen liquidity position
Shares of Sanchez Energy (SN) surged after the company said it plans to sell certain Eagle Ford Shale midstream assets to Sanchez Production Partners (SPP) for $345M. WHAT'S NEW: Sanchez Energy said it reached an agreement with Sanchez Production Partners under which SPP will acquire and operate certain midstream assets located on the Western part of its Catarina asset in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas for cash consideration of roughly $345M. As part of the divestiture, Sanchez Energy said it will sell roughly 150 miles of midstream gathering lines and associated midstream infrastructure concentrated in four gathering and processing facilities. The deal is expected to close in October. In a statement, Sanchez Energy chief Executive Officer Tony Sanchez III said the midstream sale "highlights our ability to capture the full spectrum of value in our asset base, raise capital outside of traditional markets and improve our financial flexibility." Sanchez Energy also confirmed this morning that its third quarter 2015 average production will "likely meet or exceed" the high end of the previous guidance range of 46,000-50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. The company said it is still confident that it can build a 20-30 well bank toward its 50-well per year drilling commencement at Catarina at its current rig count. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Affiliates of Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) and Reliance Holding USA sold off pipelines and other midstream assets in the Eagle Ford to Enterprise Product Partners (EPD) in July for $2.15B to be paid in two installments, and Matador Resources (MTDR) recently sold off similar assets to EnLink Midstream Partners (ENLK) for $143M. Meanwhile, Sanchez Production Partners said it will recommend that the board of directors of its general partner approve a plan to start distributions at an initial annualized rate of $1.60 per share. STREET RESEARCH: Northland Capital Markets analyst Jeff Grampp said that the proceeds from the announced asset sale will strengthen Sanchez Energy's "already meaningful" liquidity position and set up the company well for opportunistic acquisitions. The analyst said that even though the company previously discussed the possible sale of midstream assets, the move's value capture is "meaningfully positive" and underappreciated by the market. Grampp reiterated an Outperform rating and $12 price target on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In midday trading, Sanchez Energy is up 5.82% to $5.64 and Sanchez Production Partners is up 88.89% to $8.84.
11:31 EDTHPDeutsche Bank sees bottom nearing for offshore drillers, upgrades two in space
Detusche Bank upgraded Diamond Offshore (DO) and Transocean (RIG) to Hold from Sell, saying that the companies should be boosted by upcoming reductions in the number of drilling rigs deployed by energy companies. WHAT'S NEW: As many as 180 drilling vessels may cease activity over the next 12-18 months, wrote Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Urban today. The energy sector seems to have become "more realistic" about the need to reduce supply and the offshore drilling industry is "on the cusp of a major restructuring" that should mark the bottom for valuations and pricing, he explained. Addressing the long-term outlook of deepwater drilling, Urban contended that the consensus outlook, which predicts that deepwater drilling will disappear, is incorrect. In ten years, there will be demand for 320 floating rigs, versus the 225 that are active today, Urban predicted. Over the long-term ,energy companies will have to "go where the oil is," and the oil is located in deep water, the analyst explained. He raised his price target on Diamond to $21 from $17 and on Transocean to $10 from $6. WHAT'S NOTABLE: A former executive at Petrobras (PBR) testified to receiving payments made by someone claiming to be an agent of Transocean in exchange for a rig-operation contract, linking the offshore rig contractor for the first time to the corruption probe of Brazil's state-run oil company, reported Bloomberg on September 24. The news outlet cited testimony from last month as its source for the story. Subsequently, Transocean said that it had not identified any wrongdoing by its employees vis-a-vis Petrobras and is "committed to doing business lawfully and with the highest ethical standards." PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Diamond fell 4% to $17.62 and Transocean lost 1.75% to $12.36. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other oil and gas well drillers include Helmerich & Payne (HP), Ensco (ESV), Nabors Industries (NBR) and Seadrill (SDRL), all of which are in negative territory this morning.
09:12 EDTTWCRovi news a 'small positive first step,' says JPMorgan
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08:07 EDTTWCRovi, Time Warner Cable extend existing agreement
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06:39 EDTWHRCSX added to US 1 List; FedEx and Whirlpool removed at BofA/Merrill
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September 25, 2015
10:48 EDTVIA, VIABMorgan Stanley cautious on media, but sees several stocks punished too hard
Morgan Stanley cut its price targets on a number of media companies, citing the impact of cord cutting and skinny bundles. The firm also reduced its outlook for the pay-TV sector due to its belief that the adoption of skinny bundles will accelerate, while the outlook for cable TV ads has deteriorated slightly, given macro pressures. The firm kept a Cautious view on the media sector, but also identified several stocks in the space that it thinks have been punished too harshly by investors recently. WHAT'S NEW: TV networks in general, and cable networks in particular, have the highest margins in media and are encountering increased top and bottom line competitive pressures, Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne believes. On the top line, they are being hit by ratings and ad pressures as well as cord cutting and distribution consolidation, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, their profit is being hurt by the increased need to obtain new content and intensified competition for content from new sources like Netflix (NFLX) and Google's (GOOG) YouTube, Swinburne said. However, the analyst thinks that media stocks are "starting to get" cheap, given the leverage that many of the companies carry. Swinburne cuts his price target on 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to $31 from $37, on AMC Networks (AMCX) to $86 from $88, on CBS (CBS) to $46 from $56, on Time Warner (TWX) to $72 from $87 and on Viacom (VIAB) to $48 from $60. He kept Overweight ratings on Fox, AMC and CBS, an Equal Weight rating on Time Warner and an Underweight rating on Viacom. OVERDONE DECLINES: Swinburne believes that the declines in three media stocks - CBS, 21st Century Fox, and AMC Networks - have been overdone, while the decline in Comcast's (CMCSA) stock has also been excessive. CBS and 21st Century Fox are "best positioned for the skinny bundle" and have the cheapest valuations relative to their growth rates, Swinburne believes. Meanwhile, AMC Networks has "content momentum" and its EPS can exceed expectations, the analyst believes. Comcast is gaining share in the broadband Internet market, could take share in video soon, and has sufficient scale and offerings to benefit from the increased popularity of skinny bundles, according to the analyst, who kept an Overweight rating on the stock. The media sector could benefit from consolidation going forward, added Swinburne, who recommended that investors interested in buying potential takeover targets in the space focus on AMC Networks, MSG Networks (MSG) and Dreamworks Animation (DWA). He kept Overweight ratings on all three of those stocks. OTHERS TO WATCH: Besides Comcast, other pay TV companies include DISH Network (DISH) and Charter Communications (CHTR). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Fox A shares lost 0.5% to $25.83, AMC fell 0.3% to $73.29, CBS added 0.2% to $41, Time Warner was little changed at $67.66 and Comcast A shares added 0.6% to $57.17.
September 24, 2015
17:04 EDTAMerck, Pfizer to collaborate with Agilent's Dako on Avelumab diagnostic
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15:52 EDTHESOptions with increasing volume; RIG YNDX BLK BBBY TOL HES CC
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September 23, 2015
13:34 EDTTWCLiberty Broadband shareholders approve proposals related to Charter merger
Liberty Broadband (LBRDA, LBRDK) announced that at its special meeting of stockholders, the holders of Liberty's common stock entitled to vote thereat approved both proposals presented at the meeting relating to Liberty's issuance of shares of its Series C common stock to third party investors, the proceeds of which will fund all or a portion of Liberty's purchase of $4.3B of stock of a new publicly traded Charter Communications (CHTR) following its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC), all as previously announced.
09:31 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable announces partnership with Telemundo
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05:56 EDTEAReviews solid for EA's FIFA 16, says Piper Jaffray
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