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August 11, 2014
16:50 EDTKMP, MFRM, EPB, WAC, KMR, INO, CQB, KMIOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory but were never able to gain any upside momentum. There was little to account for the initial move other than no change to the status quo for Israel and Russia. The averages moved in a narrow range but managed to stay on the plus side into the close, though in lackluster fashion. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no significant economic data was released. In prepared comments for a conference, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said rebounds across advanced economies have been disappointing, leading the Fed and other observers to lower their long-term expectations for growth potential in the U.S. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Kinder Morgan (KMI) advanced $3.25, or 9.0%, to $39.37 after announcing it will consolidate its oil-and-gas holdings into one company by acquiring all of the outstanding shares of a number of its subsidiaries, including Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB). The total transaction has a value of about $70B and the combined entity will be the largest energy infrastructure company in North America and the third largest energy company overall with an estimated enterprise value of approximately $140B, the company said. Afterward, Kinder Morgan was upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch, though Wells Fargo viewed the plans as mixed near-term. Wells believes the deal helps address some of the structural issues that have been pressuring Kinderís valuation in recent quarters, but it believes itís unclear how the market will ultimately value the new structure and the firm kept its Market Perform rating on all four stocks involved. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was salad and banana distributor Chiquita Brands (CQB), which jumped $3.04, or 30.22%, to $13.10 to close above the $13 per share takeover offer announced by Cutrale Group and the Safra Group. Note that Chiquita previously agreed to combine with Fyffes plc in a stock-for-stock transaction. Also higher was Mattress Firm (MFRM), which advanced $6.52, or 13.58%, to $54.53 after reporting preliminary second quarter results that beat expectations and raising it fiscal year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Walter Investment (WAC), which fell $3.52, or 12.45%, to $24.75, and Inovio (INO), which dropped 99c, or 9.94%, to $8.97. INDEXES: The Dow edged up 16.05, or 0.1%, to 16,569.98, the Nasdaq gained 30.43, or 0.7%, to 4,401.33, and the S&P 500 rose 5.33, or 0.28%, to 1,936.92.
News For KMI;CQB;MFRM;INO;WAC;KMP;KMR;EPB From The Last 14 Days
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October 2, 2015
18:24 EDTKMITennessee Gas Pipeline issues statement of MA DPU order on EDCs
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September 29, 2015
13:42 EDTKMIKinder Morgan announces additional gas capacity commitments to NED project
Kinder Morgan announced that its subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, has executed agreements with producers, local distribution companies and a New York end-use market participant totaling 627,000 dekatherms per day for the Supply Path component of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. The agreements will provide a direct supply link from abundant natural gas fields in Pennsylvania to existing and future Northeast and New England markets, and firm transport of incremental supplies for delivery at or near Wright, New York. From the Wright area, shippers can deliver into the Market Path component of the NED project for transport to Dracut, Massachusetts, or into TGP's existing pipeline system or into the Iroquois Gas Transmission system. The incremental gas supplies will help meet New York and New England's growing consumer and industrial gas needs, as well as helping to bolster electric reliability in the region. TGP is continuing to negotiate with additional potential shippers on the NED project, including LDCs and others, and expects to announce these commitments and others at a later date. NED's Supply Path component, from northeastern Pennsylvania to Wright, New York, is scalable up to 1.2 billion cubic feet per day, and its Market Path component is scalable up to 1.3 Bcf/d. The NED project, including the Supply Path and Market Path components, has a planned in-service date of November 2018, subject to regulatory approvals. Additionally, the NED Supply Path component and associated agreements are subject to approval by the Kinder Morgan board of directors.
September 21, 2015
09:12 EDTINOInovio receives $24M grant from DARPA to advance Ebola program development
Inovio Pharmaceuticals announced that the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has exercised its option to provide an additional $24M to support the Inovio-led development of multiple treatment and prevention approaches against Ebola. The option exercise, part of the $45M Ebola program grant announced in April when Inovio received an initial $21M award, was contingent upon Inovio successfully leading the completion of certain pre-clinical and clinical development milestones.

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