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August 11, 2014
16:50 EDTKMR, INO, KMP, MFRM, EPB, WAC, KMI, CQBOn 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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January 23, 2015
13:42 EDTWACWalter Investment volatility increases as shares trend lower
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January 22, 2015
14:54 EDTKMIKinder Morgan to host analyst meeting
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09:42 EDTKMIKinder Morgan acquisition positive, says Wells Fargo
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January 21, 2015
18:27 EDTKMIOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: eBay (EBAY), up 2.9%... United Rentals (URI), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Minerva (NERV), up 16.1% after reporting positive Phase 1 data with MIN-202... Endo (ENDP), up 3.1% after it was announced that Endo will replace Covidien in S&P 500 as of 1/26 close... Covidien (COV) is up 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: F5 Networks (FFIV), down 15.8%... Xilinx (XLNX), down 6.1%... Discover Financial Services (DFS), down 3.3%... American Express (AXP), down 2.2%. ALSO LOWER: BioMarin (BMRN), down 2.5% after filing to sell 7.25M shares of common stock... Kinder Morgan (KMI), down 1.9% after announcing that it will acquire Hiland Partners for approximately $3B and reporting fourth quarter results... Cisco (CSCO), down 1.4% after Bloomberg reported that Oracle's (ORCL) Ellison said that Oracle's new Virtual Compute Appliance is cheaper than Cisco's product.
16:36 EDTKMIKinder Morgan announces Steven Kean transitions to CEO effective June 1
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16:16 EDTKMIKinder Morgan backs expectation to declare dividends of $2 per share for 2015
16:15 EDTKMIKinder Morgan reports Q4 EPS 8c, may not compare to consensus 34c
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16:12 EDTKMIKinder Morgan increases quarterly dividend to 45c per share, up 10%
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16:05 EDTKMIKinder Morgan to acquire Hiland Partners for approximately $3B
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15:27 EDTKMINotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include American Express (AXP), consensus $1.38; Kinder Morgan (KMI), consensus 34c; eBay (EBAY), consensus 89c; Discover Financial Services (DFS), consensus $1.30; Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.05; Crown Castle (SNDK), consensus $1.27; Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 61c; F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.49; United Rentals (URI), consensus $2.07; Plexus (PLXS), consensus 72c; Boston Private Financial Holdings (BPFH), consensus 22c; Dolby Laboratories (DLB), consensus 38c; SLM (SLM), consensus 5c; East West Bancorp (EWBC), consensus 65c; Raymond James Financial (RJF), consensus 86c; BancorpSouth (BXS), consensus 32c.
January 16, 2015
12:29 EDTMFRMMattress Firm management to meet with William Blair
Meeting to be held in Las Vegas on January 20 hosted by William Blair.
January 14, 2015
15:19 EDTCQBChiquita exit could have upside for Parkway Properties, says Wells Fargo
Noting that the Charlotte Business Journal reported that Chiquita Brands plans to move its headquarters after being acquired, Wells Fargo said that the move could bring upside for the company's landlord, Parkway Properties. Wells believes Chiquita's lease runs through 2025 with current rents that are 10%-15% below market and that Parkway could drive NOI up if it find a new tenant for the space at a higher rent. Wells maintains its Outperform rating on Parkway Properties. Reference Link
08:55 EDTKMIKinder Morgan outlook positive, says RBC Capital
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January 13, 2015
06:19 EDTKMIKinder Morgan resumed with a Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
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