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July 14, 2014
07:04 EDTCHK, EXH, BHP, EXLPExterran Partners to acquire natural gas compression assets from MidCon
Exterran Partners, L.P. (EXLP) and Exterran Holdings, Inc. (EXH) announced that Exterran Partners has entered into an agreement to acquire natural gas compression assets from MidCon Compression, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK), for approximately $135M. The assets to be acquired include 162 compression units, with a total horsepower of approximately 110,000. The majority of the units currently are being used to provide compression services to BHP Billiton Petroleum (BHP) in Arkansas’ Fayetteville Shale. In connection with the acquisition, the contract operations services agreement with BHP Billiton Petroleum will be assigned to Exterran Partners effective as of the closing. “We expect the transaction to be immediately accretive to distributable cash flow per limited partner unit,” said David Miller, Senior Vice President and CFO of Exterran Partners’ managing general partner. “As a result of this acquisition, we expect to recommend to the Board of Exterran Partners’ managing general partner that Exterran Partners increase the distribution to limited partner unit holders by an incremental $0.02 per limited partner unit on an annualized basis, or an incremental $0.005 per limited partner unit on a quarterly basis, beginning in the quarter that the transaction closes.” Exterran Partners and Exterran Holdings do not expect that the Omnibus Agreement between Exterran Partners and Exterran Holdings will be amended to adjust the caps on operating costs or selling, general and administrative costs as a result of this transaction. The acquisition, which is expected to be financed using credit available under Exterran Partners’ revolving credit facility, is subject to closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter 2014.
News For EXLP;EXH;CHK;BHP From The Last 14 Days
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January 23, 2015
10:02 EDTCHKOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:02 EDTCHKOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Anglo American (AAUKY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Autobytel (ABTL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Ascendiant... Charles River Labs (CRL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... CubeSmart (CUBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Kate Spade (KATE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Matthews (MATW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Meridian Bioscience (VIVO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... NIC Inc. (EGOV) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Maxim... Natural Grocers (NGVC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Smith & Wesson (SWHC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... Ternium (TX) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... ZAGG (ZAGG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
07:41 EDTCHKChesapeake initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
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06:53 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse upgraded Chesapeake to Outperform based on relative valuation, an improved balance sheet, and increased financial strength that can be used to upgrade its asset base. Price target raised to $24 from $21.
January 22, 2015
12:48 EDTCHKCarl Icahn believes oil prices will go lower
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10:03 EDTEXHOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Networks (AMCX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded at Wells Fargo... Coty (COTY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Era Group (ERA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Exterran (EXH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... RSA Insurance (RSNAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Rockwell Automation (ROK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... SodaStream (SODA) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley.
09:18 EDTEXHExterran upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI
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January 21, 2015
06:42 EDTCHKTotal to cut spending on North Sea, U.S. shale projects, Reuters says
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January 20, 2015
18:21 EDTBHPBHP Billiton provides operational update
Group production increased by 9% during the December 2014 half year with records achieved for eight operations and five commodities. Production guidance remains unchanged and we are on track to deliver Group production growth of 16% over the two years to the end of the 2015 financial year. Metallurgical coal production increased by 21% to 26 Mt in the December 2014 half year as Queensland Coal and Illawarra Coal both achieved record half year volumes. Western Australia Iron Ore production increased by 15% to a record of 124 Mt (100% basis) in the December 2014 half year as the ramp-up of Jimblebar continued and we improved the availability, utilisation and rate of our integrated supply chain. Petroleum production increased by 9% to a record 131 MMboe in the December 2014 half year supported by a 71% increase in Onshore US liquids volumes to 24.4 MMboe. Copper production decreased by 2% to 813 kt as strong underlying operating performance across the business was offset by lower grades at Antamina. Record manganese ore and alumina production was underpinned by strong performances at both Hotazel and the Alumar refinery.
18:19 EDTBHPBHP Billiton to reduce U.S. rigs by about 40% by end of current fiscal year
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10:29 EDTCHKONGC speculated to potentially hold talks to buy Chesapeake, EnergyPlugged says
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06:51 EDTBHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC
January 16, 2015
13:39 EDTBHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord
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January 15, 2015
10:00 EDTBHPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:57 EDTBHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
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January 14, 2015
19:26 EDTBHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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10:00 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ACE Limited (ACE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... AXIS Capital (AXS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Allstate (ALL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Altera (ALTR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... American Midstream Partners (AMID) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Argo Group (AGII) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Aspen Insurance (AHL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Beneficial Bancorp (BNCL) downgraded to Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... CDW Corporation (CDW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CHC Group (HELI) downgraded at Raymond James... CIRCOR (CIR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Datawatch (DWCH) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Devon Energy (DVN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Dollar Tree (DLTR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Enable Midstream (ENBL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... First Majestic (AG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... Foot Locker (FL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Franklin Resources (BEN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Insulet (PODD) downgraded at Sterne Agee... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... KB Home (KBH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Kosmos (KOS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Marathon Oil (MRO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Medley Management (MDLY) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... National Grid (NGG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Navigators (NAVG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded at Raymond James... RSP Permian (RSPP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Rambus (RMBS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Realty Income (O) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Resolute Energy (REN) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Ross Stores (ROST) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Tech Data (TECD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Valspar (VAL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Verizon (VZ) downgraded at Evercore ISI... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup... W. R. Berkley (WRB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Waddell & Reed (WDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... iRobot (IRBT) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
06:12 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded Chesapeake to Underweight and other names in the Exploration & Production space saying downside risk outweighs potential gains, even if oil prices recover. The firm reduced its commodity price deck assumptions and believes investor expectations for an oil price recovery could prove disappointing. It lowered its price target for shares to $13 from $18.
January 12, 2015
10:00 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded at BMO Capital... Aimco (AIV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded at Evercore ISI... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Alon USA Energy (ALJ) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... AvalonBay (AVB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... CBS (CBS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... China Mobile (CHL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at ... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded at KeyBanc... Daimler AG (DDAIF) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Diamond Resorts (DRII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... FMC Corporation (FMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... HomeAway (AWAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... LabCorp (LH) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... M.D.C. Holdings (MDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded at RBC Capital... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Peugeot (PUGOY) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Radware (RDWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded at BB&T... Ryland Group (RYL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SL Green Realty (SLG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Solera (SLH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Positive from Mixed at OTR Global... Vale (VALE) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Volvo (VOLVY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Windstream (WIN) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee.
06:21 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded Chesapeake to Buy given attractive valuation, a strong balance sheet from asset sales, improving asset quality, and new management's focus on capital efficiency. Price target is $23.

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