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September 21, 2012
10:10 EDTKS, IP, PKG, RKTContainerboard makers surge as analyst sees price increase sticking
Containerboard makers are rallying after Deutsche Bank analyst Mark Wilde earlier today upgraded the stocks covered in the sector to Buy from Hold. Wilde expects the publication Pulp and Paper Week to report that September prices have increased about $40 per ton. After speaking with several privately owned companies in the sector, the analyst sees a much greater chance that a recent containerboard price increase will be maintained. Wilde, who also noted that the sector's inventories dropped to their lowest August level in decades last month, now sees a 75%-80% that the price increase will be maintained, up from his previous 50% estimate. The analyst's upbeat outlook for the sector marks a reversal from a forecast he made earlier this month, when he downgraded all four of the sector's stocks and warned that the containerboard price hike investors were expecting to occur in the Fall may not materialize. The analyst admitted today that he's "eating a bit of crow." In today's note, Wilde upgraded the following containerboard makers to Buy from Hold: International Paper (IP), Rock-Tenn (RKT), Packaging Corp. of America (PKG) and KapStone Paper (KS). In early morning trading, KapStone surged 8.32% to $20.95, International Paper gained 3.20% to $35.81, Rock-Tenn advanced 2.39% to $68.97 and Packaging Corp. of America rose 2.85% to $33.98.
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January 27, 2015
06:21 EDTIP, RKT, PKGGraphic Packaging, Packaging Corp. could be targets, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes the merger between Rock-Tenn (RKT) and MeadWestvaco (MWV) makes sense and that the combined company has 16% upside potential from current levels. Citi believes the $300M synergy target could prove conservative and raised its price target for Rock-Tenn shares to $77 from $72. It thinks smaller players in the Paper & Forest products space, Graphic Packaging (GPK) and Packaging Corp. (PKG), could be potential takeover targets either for an acquirer or for a merger following the Rock-Tenn/MeadWestvaco deal. Citi views International Paper (IP) as a potential acquirer.
January 26, 2015
18:28 EDTPKGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:15 EDTPKGPackaging Corp. sees Q1 EPS $1.07-$1.10, consensus $1.26
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17:14 EDTPKGPackaging Corp. reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.16, consensus $1.17
Reports Q4 revenue $1.434B, consensus $1.49B.
16:39 EDTRKTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:30 EDTPKGNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:23 EDTRKTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened lower and hit their session lows a short time after the opening bell rang. In addition to some jitters about a vote in Greece, investors were focused on the massive impending winter storm set to hit the Northeast. With weather pundits expecting the snowfall in feet rather than inches, a number of companies have already rescheduled their earnings announcements. The market was mixed at midday, with the Dow and Nasdaq a bit lower and the S&P up fractionally. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Dallas Fed manufacturing index fell 8.5 points to -4.4 in January, versus the consensus forecast for a reading of 4.0. In Europe, Greece's far-left Syriza party swept to power, renewing concerns about the country's future as a member of the Eurozone. COMPANY NEWS: Today was a "merger Monday," with at least four deals worth more than $1B announced. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) announced plans to acquire Regency Energy Partners (RGP) in an $18B unit-for-unit transaction that includes assuming $6.8B of net debt and other liabilities. Rock-Tenn (RKT) and MeadWestvaco (MWV) agreed to merge to create a consumer and corrugated packaging company with a combined equity value of $16B. Under the terms of the deal, the resulting ownership of the new company will be approximately 50.1% by MWV shareholders and 49.9% by RockTenn shareholders. AXIS Capital (AXS) and PartnerRe (PRE) announced a "merger of equals" that will create a specialty insurance and reinsurance company with total capital of more than $14B and cash and invested assets of more than $33B. Additionally, cereal maker Post Holdings (POST) agreed to pay $1.15B in cash and stock to buy privately-held MOM Brands, which makes Malt-O-Meal and other breakfast products. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Universal Display (OLED), which gained 11% after the company announced the signing of a new OLED technology license agreement and material purchase pact with LG Display (LPL). Also higher was Ocwen Financial (OCN), which rose 17% after the California Department of Business Oversight announced a $2.5M settlement with Ocwen Loan Servicing on Friday evening over the firmís failure for more than a year to provide loan information needed by the DBO to assess compliance with state mortgage lending laws. Also of note, Ocwen denied any basis for default under trust agreements that had been alleged by certain hedge funds and other RMBS investors to trustees and master servicers in connection with 119 RMBS trusts, which are serviced by Ocwen. Among the noteworthy losers was Brookdale Senior Living (BKD), which dropped 8% after the company lowered its forecast for FY15 Cash From Facility Operations, citing a combination of lower than expected occupancy and certain higher-than-anticipated insurance reserve adjustments. Also lower following its earnings reports was hard disk-drive maker Seagate (STX), which fell about 9%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 1.41, or 0.01%, to 17,671.19, the Nasdaq was down 4.02, or 0.08%, to 4,753.86, and the S&P 500 was up 2.34, or 0.11%, to 2,054.16.
10:00 EDTKSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:19 EDTRKTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:15 EDTRKTMeadWestvaco to hold a conference call
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06:25 EDTKSKapStone initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital
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06:03 EDTRKTRockTenn and MeadWestvaco agree to combination agreement
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06:01 EDTRKTRockTenn, MeadWestvaco to combine in transaction with combined equity of $16B
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05:56 EDTRKTRockTenn reports Q1 adjusted EPS 96c, consensus 90c
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January 23, 2015
08:19 EDTRKT, IP, PKGBofA/Merrill paper/forest products analyst hold analyst/industry conference call
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January 22, 2015
10:03 EDTPKGOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:08 EDTPKGPackaging Corp. downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
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January 16, 2015
10:01 EDTIPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:04 EDTIPConocoPhillips names John Faraci, Argun Murti to board
ConocoPhillips (COP) announced that John Faraci, former chairman and CEO of International Paper (IP), and Arjun Murti, former partner at Goldman Sachs (GS), have been elected to its board of directors. The election of Faraci and Murti increases the total number of ConocoPhillips directors to 12, 11 of which are outside directors.
07:18 EDTIPInternational Paper upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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