|July 3, 2013|
|10:53 EDT||LRE, VNR, LINE, QRE, BBEP, EVEP, LNCO||MLPs continue slide while SEC probes LINN merger|
Shares of several master limited partnerships and related pipeline operators are continuing their slide lower after LINN Energy (LINE) and LinnCo (LNCO) disclosed yesterday that the SEC has opened an informal inquiry into the companies. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The SEC is looking into LINN Energy and LinnCo’s merger with Berry Petroluem (BRY), the companies announced yesterday, which sent shares of both names down over 15%. The sell-off continued today after R.W. Baird said in a note to investors that it is increasingly cautious on the whole sector, noting that LINN peer BreitBurn's (BBEP) failure to finance part of a recent transaction put a target on the company for short sellers. Baird added that it expects the whole MLP sector to underperform in the short run as more LINN peers are targeted by those betting the stocks will decline. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of LINN are down more than 8% and LinnCo shares are lower by more than 7% in late morning trade. Also lower are shares of BreitBurn, down 6.5%, and Vanguard Natural Resources (VNR), down more than 8%.
News For LINE;LNCO;BBEP;VNR;EVEP;QRE;LRE From The Last 14 Days
|August 31, 2015|
|18:36 EDT||LNCO, LINE||LINN Energy closes sale of remaining Permian Basin Wolfcamp acreage |
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|August 24, 2015|
|19:19 EDT||LNCO, LINE||LINN Energy, LinnCo appoint David Rottino CFO|
LINN Energy (LINE) and LinnCo (LNCO) announced that David Rottino has been appointed as executive VP and CFO of both LINN and LinnCo, effective immediately. Rottino joined the company in June 2008 as senior VP and Chief Accounting Officer and has served as executive VP, Business Development and Chief Accounting Officer since January 2014. Kolja Rockov, executive VP and CFO, will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. This mutually agreed departure is not related to any disagreement with the company's policies or practices.
|07:59 EDT||EVEP||EV Energy downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird|
Baird downgraded EV Energy to Underperform from Neutral citing its onerous cost of equity and the potential for another distribution cut. Baird lowered its price target to $5 from $13 on EV Energy shares.
|August 21, 2015|
|10:36 EDT||VNR||Options with increasing implied volatility|
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|August 20, 2015|
|05:36 EDT||LNCO, LINE, VNR||Legacy Reserves downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS|
UBS downgraded Legacy Reserve (LGCY) to Neutral after after stress testing upstream MLPs to reflect scenarios in which oil remains depressed and recovery is limited. The firm expects MLPs that are better capitalized, well hedged and less levered to crude oil to outperform. It lowered its price target for shares to $5.50 from $14. UBS coupled the downgrade with an upgrade of Mid-Con Energy (MCEP) to Buy. Other Buy-rated upstream MLPs at the firm are Vanguard Natural (VNR), Memorial Production (MEMP) and Eagle Rock Energy (EROC). Sell-rated names are LINN Energy (LINE) and LinnCo (LNCO).
|August 19, 2015|
|16:58 EDT||VNR||On The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday|
The market opened deep in negative territory after a tumultuous trading session in China and a softer than expected U.S. consumer prices report. Sellers continued to push the averages lower throughout the morning, with the Dow tacking on losses of more than 200 points as investors waited for the release of the Fed minutes. The market rallied following an early leak of the minutes, which suggested officials are getting closer to raising rates but appear to be waiting for additional data. Despite the afternoon rally, the averages sold off once again heading into the close, leaving all three indices in the negatives for Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%. There were no revisions to the 0.3% headline gain in June or the 0.2% growth in the ex-food and energy component. Component gains were muted across the board, with Energy prices up just 0.1% in July. Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike. Most committee members "judged that the conditions for policy firming had not yet been achieved, but they noted that conditions were approaching that point." Other members, however, believed that the inflation outlook "might not soon meet one of the conditions... for initiating a firming of policy." COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Dot Hill Systems (HILL) soared $4.50, or 86.87%, to $9.68 after Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire the company for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016. Shares of the hard drive giant fell 5.03% to $49.43 for the session... Lowe's (LOW) shares saw gains of $1.34, or 1.84%, to $74.36 following the company's earnings report this morning, while Target (TGT) rose $59c, or 0.73%, to $80.89 after beating on both top and bottom lines. On a subsequent conference call, Target executives forecast a "choppy" competitive environment in Q3, though they added that the company "will not get beat" on promotions in Q4. Separately, American Eagle (AEO) lost 7.42% to $16.92 after its quarterly numbers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Palatin (PTN) and Apricus (APRI), showing respective advances of 3.19% and 7.89% after the FDA approved Sprout's female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi, with the agency remarking that it "continues to encourage drug development in this area." Note that both Palatin and Apricus are developing their own treatments in the space, and Apricus reaffirmed this morning its intent to seek a global partner as it advances its Femprox sexual dysfunction medication. Also higher was Yum! Brands (YUM), which gained $1.90, or 2.26%, to $86.10 after appointing a new CEO of its China division, adding that its same-store sales in the region "have turned significantly positive." Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), plunging $6.01, or 44.09%, to $7.62 after disclosing a legal battle with its customer Eastman Chemical (EMN) over "meet or release" contract stipulations which may impact Eastman's purchase obligations. Also lower was Caesarstone (CSTE), which lost $3.43, or 7.14%, to $44.61 after short-selling hedge fund Spruce Point said the stock has up to 75% downside due to heightened raw material costs and competitive concerns, among other factors. Separately, EOG Resources (EOG), Baytex Energy (BTE), and Vanguard Natural (VNR) saw respective losses of 4.15%, 15.53%, and 13.83% after WTI crude fell 5.02% for the session. INDEXES: The Dow declined 162.61, or 0.93%, to 17,348.73, the Nasdaq fell 40.30, or 0.80%, to 5,019.05, and the S&P 500 lost 17.31, or 0.83%, to 2,079.61.
|07:22 EDT||VNR, EVEP||Citigroup to hold a conference|
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|August 18, 2015|
|07:29 EDT||VNR||EnerCom to hold a conference|
The Oil & Gas Conference is being held in Denver, Colorado on August 16-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on August 18 at 10:00 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link