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November 28, 2012
05:55 EDTSWFT, SWFT, SWFT, COP, COP, COP, NAV, NAV, NAV, WPRT, WPRT, WPRT, CMI, CMI, CMI, ECA, ECA, ECA, R, R, R, XOM, XOM, XOM, UPS, UPS, UPSAmerican Trucking Association is hosting a summit
ATA Summit on Natural Gas in Trucking is being held in Arlington, Virginia on November 28-30.
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August 27, 2015
09:09 EDTXOMExxon Mobil volatility elevated as shares trade near four-year low
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August 26, 2015
09:57 EDTCOPConocoPhillips considering offshore gas project to feed Darwin LNG, AFR reports
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August 25, 2015
13:24 EDTXOMJudge approves $225M settlement in Exxon Mobil pollution case, AP says
A Superior Court judge has approved a $225M settlement between the state of New Jersey and Exxon Mobil related to pollution at oil refineries and retail gas stations, saying the deal is less than the $8.9B originally sought by the state but still a "reasonable compromise," reports the Associated Press. Reference Link
06:03 EDTECAEncana agrees to sell Haynesville assets for $850M
Encana announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Encana Oil & Gas, has reached an agreement to sell its Haynesville natural gas assets, located in northern Louisiana, to GEP Haynesville, a joint venture formed by GeoSouthern Haynesville, LP and funds managed by GSO Capital Partners LP. Total cash consideration to Encana under the transaction is $850M. In addition, through the transfer of current and future obligations, Encana will reduce its gathering and midstream commitments, which will be substantially complete through 2020, by approximately $480M on an undiscounted basis. Further, Encana will transport and market GeoSouthern's Haynesville production on a fee for service basis for the next five years. Encana will use the total cash consideration to reduce its net debt, further strengthening its balance sheet. Consistent with its strategy, Encana remains focused on growing high margin production. Over 80% of 2015 capital will be invested in the company's four most strategic assets in the Permian, Eagle Ford, Duvernay and Montney. During the first half of 2015, Encana's Haynesville assets produced an average 217 mmcf/d, contributed approximately 9% to companywide production and less than 2.5% to Encana's first half operating cash flow, excluding hedges. The sale of Encana's Haynesville assets is subject to satisfaction of normal closing conditions, as well as regulatory approvals and post-closing adjustments, and is expected to close in Q4 with an effective date of January 1.
August 23, 2015
17:49 EDTXOM, COPIran to increase oil production as BP, Shell express interest, Bloomberg says
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August 21, 2015
16:01 EDTXOMOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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10:02 EDTCMICummins upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
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August 20, 2015
17:52 EDTUPSUPS pilots President issues statement on FedEx/ALPA tentative agreement
The following statement is from Captain Robert Travis, President of the Independent Pilots Association regarding the tentative pilot labor agreement between FedEx (FDX) and ALPA: "We congratulate our pilot peers and FedEx on reaching a new tentative collective bargaining agreement. While we have not seen the details, the IPA will refrain from commenting on the merits of the tentative agreement until the ALPA ratification process has been completed. If approved, however, the FedEx pilot contract will bring labor peace to our largest competitor. In sharp contrast, UPS (UPS) management has created a bitter standoff with its pilot employees, unnecessarily dragging out contract talks for four years. UPS must not allow itself to be left behind by FedEx. The IPA calls on UPS management to work with its pilots to expeditiously achieve an agreement."
08:18 EDTUPSUPS management to meet with UBS
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06:10 EDTCOP, XOMAuction for drilling leases attracts little interest, NY Times reports
A federal auction for drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday attracted only $22.7M in sales from five companies, the lowest since 1986, reports the New York Times. Most companies have insisted they would not sacrifice production in future years, but executives have recently expressed concern that the oil price collapse could last through 2016 and possibly even 2017. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
August 19, 2015
16:58 EDTCOPOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
The market opened deep in negative territory after a tumultuous trading session in China and a softer than expected U.S. consumer prices report. Sellers continued to push the averages lower throughout the morning, with the Dow tacking on losses of more than 200 points as investors waited for the release of the Fed minutes. The market rallied following an early leak of the minutes, which suggested officials are getting closer to raising rates but appear to be waiting for additional data. Despite the afternoon rally, the averages sold off once again heading into the close, leaving all three indices in the negatives for Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%. There were no revisions to the 0.3% headline gain in June or the 0.2% growth in the ex-food and energy component. Component gains were muted across the board, with Energy prices up just 0.1% in July. Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike. Most committee members "judged that the conditions for policy firming had not yet been achieved, but they noted that conditions were approaching that point." Other members, however, believed that the inflation outlook "might not soon meet one of the conditions... for initiating a firming of policy." COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Dot Hill Systems (HILL) soared $4.50, or 86.87%, to $9.68 after Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire the company for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016. Shares of the hard drive giant fell 5.03% to $49.43 for the session... Lowe's (LOW) shares saw gains of $1.34, or 1.84%, to $74.36 following the company's earnings report this morning, while Target (TGT) rose $59c, or 0.73%, to $80.89 after beating on both top and bottom lines. On a subsequent conference call, Target executives forecast a "choppy" competitive environment in Q3, though they added that the company "will not get beat" on promotions in Q4. Separately, American Eagle (AEO) lost 7.42% to $16.92 after its quarterly numbers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Palatin (PTN) and Apricus (APRI), showing respective advances of 3.19% and 7.89% after the FDA approved Sprout's female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi, with the agency remarking that it "continues to encourage drug development in this area." Note that both Palatin and Apricus are developing their own treatments in the space, and Apricus reaffirmed this morning its intent to seek a global partner as it advances its Femprox sexual dysfunction medication. Also higher was Yum! Brands (YUM), which gained $1.90, or 2.26%, to $86.10 after appointing a new CEO of its China division, adding that its same-store sales in the region "have turned significantly positive." Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), plunging $6.01, or 44.09%, to $7.62 after disclosing a legal battle with its customer Eastman Chemical (EMN) over "meet or release" contract stipulations which may impact Eastman's purchase obligations. Also lower was Caesarstone (CSTE), which lost $3.43, or 7.14%, to $44.61 after short-selling hedge fund Spruce Point said the stock has up to 75% downside due to heightened raw material costs and competitive concerns, among other factors. Separately, EOG Resources (EOG), Baytex Energy (BTE), and Vanguard Natural (VNR) saw respective losses of 4.15%, 15.53%, and 13.83% after WTI crude fell 5.02% for the session. INDEXES: The Dow declined 162.61, or 0.93%, to 17,348.73, the Nasdaq fell 40.30, or 0.80%, to 5,019.05, and the S&P 500 lost 17.31, or 0.83%, to 2,079.61.
16:00 EDTXOMOptions Update; August 19, 2015
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13:23 EDTCOPOptions with increasing call volume
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10:00 EDTSWFT, NAVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Biocept (BIOC) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Con-way (CNW) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Dermira (DERM) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Expeditors (EXPD) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Fleetmatics (FLTX) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... Frontier Communications (FTR) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Gevo (GEVO) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Knight Transportation (KNX) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Logitech (LOGI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Navistar (NAV) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Scientific Games (SGMS) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Swift Transport (SWFT) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Tribune Media (TRCO) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... WEX Inc. (WEX) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Zoe's Kitchen (ZOES) initiated with a Buy at Maxim.
06:31 EDTNAVNavistar initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie
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August 18, 2015
17:45 EDTSWFTSwift Transport initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI
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14:01 EDTUPSUPS completes Coyote Logistics acquisition
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08:12 EDTCOPGlobal Big Oil sector upgraded at Citi
Citi analysts Alastair Syme and Michael Alsford upgraded their rating on the Global Big Oil space and now recommend investors position "at least a benchmark-weight" in the group. The analysts, who had been multi-year cautious on the space, prefer Total (TOT), ConocoPhillips (COP) and Statoil (STO), which they call "self-helpers." The sector price-to-book ratio of 1.2 times is now below the Q1 of 2009 and Q4 of 1998 troughs, Syme and Alsford write. Cost-cutting and better capital allocation are key to restoring the industry's profitability, they believe.
06:39 EDTUPSUSPS boosts same-day delivery to compete with FedEx, UPS, Amazon, WSJ says
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August 17, 2015
08:11 EDTXOMExxon Mobil volatility flat as oil trades near six-year low
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