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August 11, 2014
16:50 EDTEPB, WAC, KMR, INO, KMP, MFRM, 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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December 19, 2014
16:20 EDTKMIKinder Morgan enters equity distribution agreement
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December 18, 2014
09:35 EDTKMIActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL FB TSLA PBR RAD AMAT NFLX GILD KMI TWTR
06:09 EDTINOInovio inititates DNA immunotherapy trial for several types of cancer
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December 17, 2014
08:06 EDTINOInovio appoints Zane Yang as VP, Clinical Development, Oncology
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December 16, 2014
10:05 EDTWACWalter Investment says Green Tree passes all metrics tested by OSMO
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December 11, 2014
08:42 EDTMFRMMattress Firm 2.18M share Block Trade priced at $61.50
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December 10, 2014
16:55 EDTMFRMMattress Firm files to sell 2.18M shares of common stock for holders
Barclays Capital Inc. is acting as book-running manager of the offering.
16:16 EDTKMIKinder Morgan, Cheniere Energy announces long-term agreements
Kinder Morgan (KMI) announced that Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline, Kinder Morgan Tejas Pipeline and Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, or TGP, have entered into 15-year firm transportation agreements and a multi-year storage agreement with Cheniere Energy (LNG) through its subsidiary, Corpus Christi Liquefaction. Under the agreements, KMI will provide 550,000 dekatherms per day of firm natural gas transportation service, as well as 3B cubic feet, or Bcf, of natural gas storage capacity to serve the LNG export facility being developed near Corpus Christi. The project is being designed and permitted for up to three trains, with aggregate design production capacity of approximately 13.5M tonnes per annum, or mtpa, of LNG. The natural gas transportation service can be increased to 800,000 Dth/d upon the completion of certain conditions in the Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline agreement. KMI will expand its existing Texas intrastate pipeline system in South Texas to provide 250,000 Dth/d of firm transportation and 100 percent of the storage services, and expand its TGP Pipeline to provide 300,000 Dth/d of firm transportation from various Zone 1 receipt points near its Station 87 Pool located in Portland, Tennessee. The construction of the facilities necessary to support these services will be coordinated with the startup of the LNG export facility, which is expected in 2018/2019. KMI expects to invest approximately $187M for this project.
09:02 EDTKMIKinder Morgan COO Steven Kean to be next CEO, Bloomberg reports
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07:45 EDTKMIWells Fargo to hold a symposium
2014 Wells Fargo Energy Symposium is being held in New York on December 9-10; with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 10 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
December 9, 2014
15:45 EDTCQBGabelli raises stake in Chiquita to 8.16% from 6.52%
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December 8, 2014
10:01 EDTKMIKinder Morgan and SK E&S LNG announce transportation agreement
Kinder Morgan announced that its Texas Intrastate Pipelines group has entered into a 20-year firm transportation services agreement with SK E&S LNG, a subsidiary of SK E&S Co. LTD. Under the agreement, KMI will invest more than $150M to provide more than 320,000 dekatherms per day of firm natural gas transportation services to support SK LNGís Train III liquefied natural gas export capacity at Quintana Island, Texas. This Train is part of Freeport LNG Developmentís Freeport LNG export facility which in total will liquefy up to 13.2 million tonnes per annum once fully operational. KMI will construct and operate approximately 40 miles of pipeline extending from its existing Kinder Morgan Tejas mainline to an interconnection point with Freeport LNGís existing pipeline located in Stratton Ridge, Texas. KMI will also expand and construct additional compression on its existing Kinder Morgan Texas and Kinder Morgan Tejas pipeline systems to provide these services upon the startup of Train III, which is expected to occur in the third quarter of 2019. This transportation services agreement provides for the required expansion of the KMI intrastate system by over 1 billion cubic feet per day and will provide additional capacity to the Freeport and Chocolate Bayou areas. The agreements are subject to certain conditions, as well as making a final investment decision to construct the Freeport LNG Train III Liquefaction Project.

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