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April 17, 2014
09:59 EDTMDCO, NGLS, SDRL, MDP, STKL, R, HBAN, SO, IMO, EPDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Enterprise Products (EPD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Imperial Oil (IMO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Desjardins... Meredith (MDP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Ryder (R) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Southern Company (SO) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... SunOpta (STKL) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Desjardins... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink.
News For EPD;HBAN;MDP;IMO;R;SDRL;SO;STKL;NGLS;MDCO From The Last 14 Days
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August 27, 2015
06:04 EDTSDRLSeadrill reports Q2 operating profit $384M
Operating profit for the quarter was $384 million compared to $703 million in the preceding quarter. The decrease was primarily due to the gain on deconsolidation of SeaMex during the first quarter, and a loss on the sale of the West Polaris to Seadrill Partners during the second quarter. Taken together, these items account for approximately $261 million, or 82%, of the sequential decline in operating profit. Excluding these non-recurring items, operating profit declined 11% sequentially. On a like for like basis, the decline in operating profit can be primarily attributed to the deconsolidation of SeaMex and increased idle time across the fleet.
06:04 EDTSDRLSeadrill achieves 83% economic utilization for floater fleet in Q2
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06:03 EDTSDRLSeadrill reports Q2 EPS 77c, consensus 63c
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August 26, 2015
10:57 EDTSDRLEuropean oilfield service names boosted by M&A speculation, says JPMorgan
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08:24 EDTSOGlobal Power update represents loss of $70M in revenue, says William Blair
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08:21 EDTSOGlobal Power Equipment announces termination of contract with Southern Company
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07:33 EDTSTKLSunOpta invests in stand-up pouch packaging technologies
SunOpta has continued its investment in its consumer products business with the expansion of stand-up pouch packaging capabilities in its frozen fruit, roasted snacks and fruit snack platforms. To meet growing customer demand, SunOpta has added new stand-up pouch packaging capabilities at its Buena Park, CA frozen fruit operation, and in its Wahpeton, ND roasted snack operation. Stand-up pouch capabilities will also be added at SunOpta's fruit snack operations in Omak, WA, scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2016.
August 25, 2015
18:11 EDTSDRLTranocean tanks after proposing dividend cancellations, peers follow
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August 24, 2015
16:23 EDTSOOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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12:17 EDTSOOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:50 EDTSOSouthern Company to host a news conference on AGL Resources acquisition
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11:43 EDTMDCOThe Medicines Co. and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals hold a joint conference call
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10:56 EDTSOSouthern Company says AGL shares were undervalued by markets
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10:22 EDTSOSouthern Company sees selling $3B of stock to fund AGL Resources deal
Says AGL (GAS) acquisition better positions Southern Company (SO) to succeed in future with increasing gas prices. Says now is the right time for this transaction. Expects natural gas use in the U.S. will increase. Sees natural gas use to rise as much as 2.2 BCF per day by 2020. AGL Resources planning $5B in capital spending over the next five years. Southern Co. sees equity sales beginning later this year. Comments taken from companies' conference call discussing the transaction. In morning trading, Southern Company shares were down 2.88% to $44.48 and AGL Resources shares were up 27.14% to $60.85.
09:18 EDTSOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:46 EDTSOSouthern Company & AGL Resources to host joint conference call
Conference call to discuss merger agreement will be held on August 24 at 10 am. Webcast Link
07:41 EDTSOSouthern Company sees AGL Resources deal accretive to ongoing EPS in first year
Southern Company (SO) says expects to issue debt and equity as a result of the transaction to acquire AGL Resources (GAS), with equity issuances through 2019. Says deal will be accretive to ongoing EPS in first full year, with expected long-term EPS growth of 4%-5%. Sees opportunity to raise dividend growth rate, subject to board approval. Together, the companies will have over 1,500 bcf per year of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume and approximately 9M regulated utility customers in nine states. Comments from slides that will be presented on the companies' conference call discussing the transaction.
07:33 EDTSOSouthern Company to acquire AGL Resources in $12B transaction=
Southern Company (SO) and AGL Resources (GAS) announced that the boards of directors of both companies have approved a definitive merger agreement to create America's leading U.S. electric and gas utility company. Pursuant to the agreement, AGL Resources will become a new wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company in a transaction with an enterprise value of approximately $12B, including a total equity value of approximately $8B. For Southern Company, this transaction is anticipated to be accretive to earnings per share in the first full year following the close of the transaction, accelerate expected long-term EPS growth to 4%-5%, preserve its strong financial profile and further support investment in the company's diversified energy platform, and enhance the ability to increase the growth rate of its dividend, subject to board of directors' approval. Under the terms of the agreement, AGL Resources' shareholders will be entitled to receive $66 in cash for each share of AGL Resources common stock. This represents a premium of 36.3% to the volume-weighted average stock price of AGL Resources over the last 20 trading days ended Aug. 21, 2015. After closing, AGL Resources will continue to maintain its own management team and board of directors, and, as is the case with Southern Company's other operating subsidiaries, AGL Resources will continue to maintain its own corporate headquarters, which for AGL Resources is in Atlanta. Customers will continue to be served by their current gas and electric utility companies. Until the transaction has received all necessary approvals and has closed, the companies will continue to operate as separate entities. Completion of the transaction is conditioned upon, among other things, the approval of the AGL Resources shareholders and certain state utility and other regulatory commissions. The transaction is also subject to the notification and clearance and reporting requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The companies expect to complete the transaction in the second half of 2016.
07:31 EDTSOSouthern Company to acquire AGL Resources in $12B transaction
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August 21, 2015
07:25 EDTMDPCiti sees much less probability of Meredith acquiring Time
Citi analyst Jason Bazinet reduced his probability of Meredith (MDP) acquiring Time (TIME) to 20% from 65%. Time's moves to cut costs and monetize assets bring less opportunity for Meredith to create value, the analyst tells investors in a research note. He lowered his price target for Buy-rated Time to $29 from $30 and Neutral-rated Meredith to $47 from $57. Bazinet still believes Time is an attractive investment as a standalone company.
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