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August 19, 2014
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October 22, 2014
07:18 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim
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06:55 EDTMCFContango Oil & Gas initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital
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October 17, 2014
10:00 EDTPDCE, SWNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... AMD (AMD) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest... Atlantic Power (AT) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Calumet Specialty Products (CLMT) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... DHT Holdings (DHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hilton (HLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... IPG Photonics (IPGP) upgraded at Stifel... ITC Holdings (ITC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Manpower (MAN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Newpark Resources (NR) upgraded at Cowen... Old Dominion (ODFL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded at SunTrust... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PrivateBancorp (PVTB) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded at Cowen... Sonoco (SON) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SunEdison (SUNE) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Tesco (TESO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... UnitedHealth (UNH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
07:48 EDTPDCEPDC Energy upgraded at SunTrust
As previously reported, SunTrust upgraded PDC Energy to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on relative valuation, expectations for more well results and a strong program out of Utica, and potential data from the Wattenberg field. Price target lowered to $57 from $67.
06:46 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
06:45 EDTPDCEPDC Energy upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust
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October 16, 2014
16:30 EDTSWNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:29 EDTSWNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, though well off their worst levels. The market opened sharply lower following less than stellar quarterly reports from some of the country’s largest corporations and a number of in-focus "momentum" names such as Netflix (NFLX) and eBay (EBAY). The early drop extended the market’s recent declines and put the averages close to correction territory. The market moved off its lows after a regional Fed president, who'd recently been seen as hawkish, said in an interview that the central bank should consider delaying the end of quantitative easing and that it should be more data driven than time driven. The comments were attributed as the catalyst for a reversal that brought the averages all the way back to positive territory, though the market has once again drifted back into negative ground. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims decreased by 23K to 264K last week to hit their lowest level since April 2000. Industrial production rebounded 1.0% in September, beating expectations for a rise of 0.4% and pushing capacity utilization up to 79.3% from 78.7% previously. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index fell 1.8 points to 20.7 in October, which was not as low as the expected 19.9 reading. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell 5 points to 54 in October, versus expectations for it to hold steady at 59. Also of significant note, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who is not a voting FOMC member though was quoted recently saying that a rate hike might be appropriate as soon as early next year, reversed course this morning and told Bloomberg in an interview that the Fed should consider delaying an end to its quantitative easing program. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) plunged 22% after the company provided lower than expected Q4 profit guidance and reported lower than expected subscriber data. The move after its earnings report last night also follows Time Warner's (TWX) announcement yesterday of plans for a standalone HBO online service and Piper Jaffray saying it believes CBS (CBS) will similarly launch an over-the-top Showtime offering next year... eBay (EBAY) shares slipped nearly 6% after the company missed revenue expectations for the third quarter and lowered its outlook for fiscal 2014. Following the report, analysts at both RBC Capital and CLSA downgraded the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which rose 17% after the company announced that it sold Marcellus and Utica shale assets to Southwestern Energy (SWN) for $5.375B. Shares of the buyer Southwestern, however, fell 8% after the deal announcement. Also lower was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which dropped almost 19% after cutting its first quarter outlook citing significant delays with its North American deals as well as headwinds in Europe. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 28.46, or 0.18%, to 16,113.28, the Nasdaq was down 16.16, or 0.38%, to 4,199.16, and the S&P 500 was down 2.08, or 0.11%, to 1,860.41.
12:05 EDTSWNChesapeake rises, Southwestern Energy slips after shale asset deal
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09:23 EDTSWNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:05 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy acquires Marcellus and Utica assets from Chesapeake
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07:05 EDTSWNChesapeake announces sale of shale assets for $5.375B
Chesapeake (CHK) announced that it has executed a Purchase and Sale Agreement to sell assets in the Southern Marcellus Shale and a portion of the Eastern Utica Shale in West Virginia to Southwestern Energy Company (SWN) for aggregate proceeds of $5.375B. The transaction, which is subject to certain customary closing conditions, including the receipt of third-party consents, is expected to close in Q4. Chesapeake has agreed to sell approximately 413K net acres and approximately 1,500 wells in Northern West Virginia and Southern Pennsylvania, of which 435 are in the Marcellus and Utica formations, along with related property, plant and equipment. Average net daily production from these properties was approximately 56K barrels of oil equivalent during the month of September, consisting of 184K Mcf of gas, 20K barrels of natural gas liquids and 5,000 barrels of condensate. The company said, "We expect our full-year production guidance for 2015 to remain in the range of 7-10% growth from 2014 levels adjusted for asset sales. I am very proud of the efforts that our Southern Marcellus team and all of our employees have put into building and developing our assets and creating value for our company. We look forward to deploying the proceeds from this significant transaction in ways that will continue to drive even greater shareholder value.”
October 15, 2014
16:37 EDTSWNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The market opened sharply lower amid sliding oil prices, worse than expected economic data, and the potential for a major M&A deal to fall apart due to tax inversion rule changes. The Dow fell more than 350 points within the first 30 minutes of trading, but then bounced back to move above its opening level. The volatility did not end there, however, as the market swung several more times during the session. The S&P 500's drop wiped out its gains for the year at one point, but a late day rally significantly cut the losses for the major averages. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales, which were expected to be down 0.1% in September, actually fell 0.3% in the month and slipped 0.2% excluding autos. The Producer Price Index for final demand decreased a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in September from the prior month, marking the first decline in the measure in over a year. The core PPI reading, which excludes food and energy, was unchanged, versus expectations for a 0.1% rise. New York's Empire State manufacturing index fell 21.4 points to 6.2 in October, severely missing the expectation for a narrower pullback to a reading of 20. Business inventories rose 0.2% in August, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. In China, the consumer price index climbed 1.6% in September from a year earlier, which was below the consensus projection for 1.7% inflation and down from 2% inflation in August. China's PPI plunged 1.8% year-over-year in September, which was more than the 1.6% slide expected and an acceleration of the 1.2% year-on-year decline in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Shire (SHPG) plunged $74.08, or 30.29%, to $170.49 after AbbVie's (ABBV) board last night stated that it was reconsidering its recommendation that the company's shareholders back a takeover of Irish drugmaker in light of the potential impact of tax rule changes on the deal. During the day, Bloomberg reported that people familiar with the matter say AbbVie is close to abandoning its $51B takeover bid, while Shire announced that it has agreed to waive the requirement for three business days' notice for AbbVie's board to meet to consider its offer. In contrast, AbbVie ended the session up 50c, or 0.92%, at $54.63... Wal-Mart (WMT) held its annual meeting, during which it lowered its fiscal year 2015 net sales growth forecast to 2%-3%, citing a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The world's largest retailer also cut its planned retail square foot growth expectations, due to a moderation of large format store growth and accelerated e-commerce investments. Following the outlook revisions, Wal-Mart closed down $2.78, or 3.57%, to $75.20. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Penford Corporation (PENX), which jumped $7.60, or 69.15%, to $18.59 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ingredion (INGR) for $340M, or $19.00 in cash per share. Also higher was Southwestern Energy (SWN), which rose $2.59, or 7.82%, to $35.69 after it was among a number of oil and gas exploration and production names upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Among the noteworthy losers was Nu Skin (NUS), which dropped $4.47, or 9.13%, to $44.50 after the company disclosed new debt arrangements that come with certain restrictions, including restrictions on the payment of dividends. Also lower were shares of Covidien (COV), which fell $6.50, or 7.04%, to $85.86 in the wake of the news for Shire and AbbVie, which investors may have read as jeopardizing Covidien's deal to be bought by Medtronic (MDT). Note that on October 3 Medtronic announced that it intends to use approximately $16B in external financing to complete the acquisition of Covidien and said the strategic benefits of the transaction "remain compelling" despite the additional expense of the new financing. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 173.45, or 1.06%, to 16,141.74, the Nasdaq slipped 11.85, or 0.28%, to 4,215.32, and the S&P 500 fell 15.21, or 0.81%, to 1,862.49.
10:02 EDTSWNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:01 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy upgraded at BofA/Merrill
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08:37 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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October 14, 2014
10:01 EDTPDCEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
08:42 EDTPDCEPDC Energy upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group
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08:40 EDTUNTUnit Corp. upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group
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05:16 EDTSSNSamson Oil & Gas reports Sept. production 7,358 BOE vs. 10,219 BOE in August
Reports September production 245 BOEPD vs. 329 BOEPD in August. Reports September oil production 5,527 BO vs. 7,791 BO in August. Reports September gas production 10,988 MCF vs. 14,569 MCF in August. The infill development drilling of North Stockyard continues with the immediate fracking of 3 Three Fork wells. Drilling operations of the easterly Three Forks wells have progressed according to plan. During the fracking operations, the field was shut in to protect the existing well bores. This shut in period is expected to be lifted late in November following the completion of the immediate fracking program. Bootleg 6 and 8 fracks have been completed. Both frack jobs were 25 stages, 3.5 million pound treatments. The Bootleg 7 frack job is underway. The Billabong 2-13-14HBK well is presently scheduled to be fracked in November and the frack will consist of 35 stages. Frontier Rig 24 is currently on the TF north pad and has drilled and completed the Ironbank 4-14-13TFH in the Three Forks formation. The rig is drilling Ironbank 5-14-13TFH where it has set the production casing at 11,655 feet and is currently drilling the lateral portion of the wellbore at 11,733 feet. The Gladys 1-20 H well has been drilled by Continental Resources to a total depth of 19,994 feet. The well is a 1,280 acre lateral in the middle member of the Bakken Formation. Since the Glady’s 1-20H was turned onto production September 7th, the well has produced an average of 414 BOPD.
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