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March 10, 2014
10:01 EDTBIG, EW, ECA, IACI, UIL, SPLS, X, VIV, HCI, ADM, DWA, ALU, CHTR, GASOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
AGL Resources (GAS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital...Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Archer Daniels (ADM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Charter (CHTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Telefonica Brasil (VIV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... UIL Holdings (UIL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Big Lots (BIG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... U.S. Steel (X) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... IAC (IACI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... HCI Group (HCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Staples upgraded (SPLS) to Cautious from Sell at ISI Group... Encana (ECA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
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August 25, 2015
07:30 EDTGASAGL Resources downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus
07:11 EDTDWADreamWorks upgraded to Hold from Sell at Topeka
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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 24, 2015
16:23 EDTGASOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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12:17 EDTGASOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:50 EDTGASSouthern Company to host a news conference on AGL Resources acquisition
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10:56 EDTGASSouthern Company says AGL shares were undervalued by markets
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10:32 EDTXU.S. Steel says acted to effectuate hard freeze of some benefits
In a regulatory filing from Friday evening, U.S. Steel disclosed that on August 17, United States Steel Corporation, acted to effectuate a hard freeze of benefits accrued under each of the following plans effective as of December 31, 2015: (i) the United States Steel Corporation Plan for Employee Pension Benefits and each provision, rule part, plan or program thereunder as applicable to non-union employees; (ii) the United States Steel Corporation Non Tax-Qualified Pension Plan; and (iii) the United States Steel Corporation Executive Management Supplemental Pension Program. As a result, from and after December 31 all benefit accruals under each Plan shall cease and no participant in any Plan will receive credit under the Plan for further service to the Corporation or its subsidiaries and the compensation levels resulting from any such further service will not be relevant to the determination of benefits payable under the Plans. The Non Tax-Qualified Plan and the Supplemental Plan provide benefits to Mr. Douglas Matthews, one of our Named Executive Officers. As described above, on August 1 , the Corporation enacted a hard freeze of benefits accrued under its DB Plan effective December 31. Participants of the DB Plan will be transitioned to a defined contribution retirement plan at that time. The Corporation will perform a remeasurement of the DB Plan, and will report these results in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30.
10:22 EDTGASSouthern 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.
09:45 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... DreamWorks (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Caesarstone (CSTE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... TransAlta (TAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sarepta (SRPT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... AutoZone (AZO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham.
09:18 EDTX, GASOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:29 EDTEWWilliam Blair to hold a field trip
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07:46 EDTGASSouthern 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 EDTGASSouthern 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 EDTGASSouthern 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 EDTGASSouthern Company to acquire AGL Resources in $12B transaction
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06:14 EDTDWADreamWorks upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley
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August 23, 2015
13:07 EDTXU.S. Steel shares could rally 60% to $28 by late 2016, Barron's says
Shares of U.S. Steel could rise more than 60% to $28 by the end of 2016 as steel prices increase, cost cutting measures take effect, and Chinese imports decline given an import tariff scheduled for November, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
August 21, 2015
08:26 EDTXU.S. Steel initiated with a Sell at Axiom
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August 20, 2015
14:39 EDTALU, DWAEarnings Watch: Hewlett-Packard reports ahead of company split
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