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July 1, 2014
16:43 EDTIP, VRTVInternational Paper completes xpedx spinoff and merger with Unisource
International Paper (IP) announced the completion of the previously announced spinoff of its distribution solutions business, xpedx, and xpedx's merger with Unisource, with the combined companies now operating as Veritiv Corporation (VRTV).The spinoff was accomplished by the contribution of the xpedx business to Veritiv and the distribution of 8,160,000 shares of Veritiv common stock on a pro-rata basis to International Paper shareholders. In exchange for such contribution, International Paper today received a special payment of $400M, subject to certain adjustments, financed with new debt in Veritiv's capital structure. Immediately following the distribution, UWW Holdings, the parent company of Unisource Worldwide, merged with and into Veritiv, with the parent company of UWW Holdings, Inc. receiving 7,840,000 unregistered shares of Veritiv common stock, equal to approximately 49% of the total resulting outstanding shares of Veritiv common stock, as merger consideration. Veritiv is expected to begin "regular way" trading on the New York Stock Exchange tomorrow under the symbol VRTV. "The completion of this transaction and creation of Veritiv provide excellent value for International Paper shareholders, as this new independent public company emerges with opportunities to be stronger and more competitive than either of the merged companies alone," said International Paper Chairman and CEO John Faraci.
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July 23, 2014
05:53 EDTIPStocks with implied volatility movement; IP AMAT
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July 22, 2014
10:00 EDTIPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:49 EDTIPInternational Paper downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Goldman removed International Paper from the Conviction Buy List and maintains it Buy rating to reflect increased risk to a potential decline in containerboard prices. The firm notes the first reduction in semi-chemical medium prices since Q4 2008 occurred in July, indicating the market may be weaker than expected.
July 21, 2014
09:00 EDTIPInternational Paper downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie
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07:55 EDTIPJuly containerboard medium prices decline $10, says Deutsche Bank
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July 14, 2014
10:00 EDTVRTVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Ardelyx (ARDX) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Century Communities (CCS) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Charles Schwab (SCHW) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Diamondback Energy (FANG) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... E-Trade (ETFC) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Foresight Energy (FELP) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Global Logistics Properties (GBTZF) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Jumei (JMEI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... MTS Systems (MTSC) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Markit (MRKT) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Opus Bank (OPB) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Parnell (PARN) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Teradata (TDC) initiated with a Buy at Standpoint Research... Veritiv (VRTV) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Yelp (YELP) initiated with an Underweight at Evercore... ZS Pharma (ZSPH) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Zafgen (ZFGN) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen.
10:00 EDTIPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:56 EDTIPInternational Paper downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
Buckingham downgraded International Paper to Neutral to reflect the recent softness in white paper and sluggish container-board demand. Price target is $52.
05:33 EDTVRTVVeritiv initiated with an Overweight at Barclays
Target $45.
July 9, 2014
10:02 EDTIPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Advanced Energy (AEIS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... Apollo Global (APO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Artisan Partners (APAM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Nordea... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... BP (BP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Carlyle Group (CG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Coach (COH) downgraded at Buckingham... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Garmin (GRMN) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Gigamon (GIMO) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... International Paper (IP) downgraded at RBC Capital... Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) downgraded at RBC Capital... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Moody's (MCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) downgraded at RBC Capital... Potash (POT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... RGS Energy (RGSE) downgraded at Cowen... Taminco (TAM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Total (TOT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Unilever (UN) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Vectren (VVC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc.
07:14 EDTIPInternational Paper downgraded at RBC Capital
As noted earlier, RBC Capital downgraded International Paper to Sector Perform from Outperform. As the reason for the downgrade, the firm cited what it sees as increased risk of a drop in containerboard prices due to production capacity increases in 2014 and 2015. Target $53.
06:20 EDTIPInternational Paper downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital

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