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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 Kinder’s valuation in recent quarters, but it believes it’s 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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July 29, 2015
08:41 EDTINOInovio announces dMAb targeting dengue virus provided protection in mice
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July 28, 2015
10:31 EDTKMIKinder Morgan starts binding open season for Mier-Monterrey pipeline expansion
Kinder Morgan Gas Natural de Mexico, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, announced the start of a binding open season to solicit interest for incremental firm natural gas transportation service on its Mier-Monterrey pipeline, which would expand capacity to approximately 1.34B cubic feet per day. The expansion project, which would be completed by the fourth quarter of 2017, will consist of the looping of the existing Mier-Monterrey pipeline system from the Mexico-United States border to Huinalá, Nuevo León, Mexico, and a new lateral from Pesquería, Nuevo León, Mexico, to Escobedo, Nuevo León, Mexico. The open season bid period begins on Aug. 13, 2015, and ends at 5 p.m. Central Time on Aug. 22, 2015.
08:19 EDTMFRMWayfair, Mattress Firm partner to offer same-day delivery services
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July 27, 2015
08:10 EDTINOInovio initiates clinical trial of INO-5150 DNA immunotherapy
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July 24, 2015
16:44 EDTKMIUIL Holdings to invest in natural gas pipeline project
UIL Holdings Corporation (UIL) will invest in a natural gas transmission pipeline project that, when complete, is expected to alleviate capacity constraints in the system that serves New England and the northeast region. UIL announced its investment in the development of Kinder Morgan’s (KMI) proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project, which will extend approximately 188 miles of new transmission pipeline from New York State, through Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The new pipeline is expected to begin commercial operation in 2018. Under an agreement signed this week, UIL has acquired a 2.5% interest, or approximately $80M, in Northeast Expansion. UIL will also have additional options -- under limited circumstances -- to increase its equity participation. Northeast Expansion is the joint venture responsible for development, construction and ownership of the new pipeline, which will be part of Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline system.
July 23, 2015
08:18 EDTINOInovio, EORTC to collaborate on Phase 2 cervical cancer trial
Inovio announced it is collaborating with the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer, or EORTC, to evaluate Inovio's immunotherapy, INO-3112, in combination with traditional chemo-radiotherapy for the treatment of patients with locally advanced stage cervical cancer. The trial, primarily funded by the EORTC, is expected to begin by the end of the year. A partnership with the EORTC will offer Inovio clinical trial efficiency and speed in recruiting patients in Europe and in obtaining and analyzing results. The EORTC encompasses all aspects of cancer research, from translational research and new drug development to large phase III clinical trials and meta-analyses. EORTC is the only organization which carries out clinical studies throughout Europe for all types of cancer. Collaboration with the EORTC also leverages their connections to a network of more than 2,500 pre-clinical scientists and oncologists in more than 300 hospitals in over 30 countries.
July 16, 2015
09:02 EDTKMIKinder Morgan approves proceeding with TGP's Northeast Energy project
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08:48 EDTKMIKinder Morgan recent selloff overdone, says BofA/Merrill
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