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November 30, 2012
14:55 EDTMDRX, CG, BXAllscripts volatility increases on wide price movement
Allscripts (MDRX) December put option implied volatility is at 87, January is at 82, March is at 69; above its 26-week average of 48 according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement on Blackstone (BX) emerging as the leader to buy the company, ahead of other PE firms Carlyle Group (CG) and TPG Capital, the Reuters said.
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April 16, 2014
06:20 EDTBXTelefonica, Blackstone to form Axonix mobile-advertising venture, WSJ reports
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April 15, 2014
11:33 EDTBXBlackstone volatility increases into Q1
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10:00 EDTMDRXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Allscripts (MDRX) reinstated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Amber Road (AMBR) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Autonation (AN) coverage assumed with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... BG Group (BRGYY) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Borderfree (BRDR) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Dean Foods (DF) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Destination XL (DXLG) initiated with a Buy at Ascendiant... Group 1 Automotive (GPI) coverage assumed with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Halozyme (HALO) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... MakeMyTrip (MMYT) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Penske Automotive (PAG) coverage assumed with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... RPM (RPM) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Repligen (RGEN) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Spansion (CODE) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Statoil (STO) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... TPG Specialty Lending (TSLX) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Versartis (VSAR) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... WWE (WWE) initiated with a Buy at Needham... WebMD (WBMD) reinstated with a Strong Buy at Raymond James.
08:19 EDTCGJohnson & Johnson sees deal to sell K-Y brand to Reckitt closing mid-year
Sees sees deal to sell K-Y brand to Reckitt Benckiser (RBGPF) closing mid-year. Says offer from Carlyle Group (CG) to acquire Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics expected to close mid-year. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q1 earnings conference call.
07:49 EDTCGCarlyle co-CEO see more listed PE firms, focus on emerging markets, Reuters says
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April 14, 2014
16:51 EDTMDRXAllscripts reinstated with an Outperform at Raymond James
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08:31 EDTBXBlackstone and Goldman Sachs to acquire Ipreo from KKR
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07:20 EDTBXKKR to sell Ipreo to Blackstone, Goldman Sachs for $975M, Financial Times says
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April 11, 2014
07:02 EDTCGCarlyle Group names Jeff Holland as head of private client group
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April 10, 2014
11:23 EDTBXOptions with increasing implied volatility: CYTK BX
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09:16 EDTBXRentech announces $150M investment from Blackstone's GSO Capital
Rentech (RTK) announced that GSO Capital Partners LP, the credit investment arm of Blackstone (BX), will invest $150M in Rentech in the form of $100M of convertible preferred stock and a $50M term loan. The transactions closed on April 9. In connection with this investment, Blackstone/GSO appointed two members to Rentech’s Board of Directors: Douglas Ostrover, a senior managing director of Blackstone and co-founder of GSO Capital Partners, and Patrick Moore, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, a paper-based packaging company with significant wood fibre operations. Rentech also announced a settlement with Concerned Rentech Shareholders, whereby CRS will approve an additional member to join Rentech’s Board of Directors and the board’s newly formed Finance Committee. Proceeds from Blackstone/GSO’s investment will fund identified growth opportunities in Rentech’s wood fibre processing business. Rentech also announced changes to its Board of Directors today: Douglas Ostrover, senior managing director of Blackstone and co-founder of GSO Capital Partners, has joined the board. Mr. Ostrover brings shareholder representation and significant finance experience. He has personally overseen GSO’s deployment of $65 billion of capital. Mr. Ostrover will be the chairman of the board’s Finance Committee. Blackstone/GSO appointed Patrick J. Moore, former chairman and chief executive officer of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, to the board.
09:06 EDTBXBlackstone reaches a financial closing for Ventika
Fisterra Energy, a company majority owned by funds managed by Blackstone (BX), and Blackstone Energy Partners, announced it has reached a financial closing for Ventika. Ventika will be located in the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon and is comprised of two 126 megawatt wind farms with total capacity of 252MW. Once completed the project will alleviate significant demands on Mexico’s existing power infrastructure, helping Mexico reduce pollution and CO2 emissions, and meet its target of achieving 35% renewable generation by 2025. The $650M project is being jointly developed by CEMEX (CX) and Fisterra Energy. This investment funds the installation of 84 Acciona AW-3000 wind turbine generators, each with a hub height of 120 meters and a nominal output of 3MW per turbine. Construction of the project, which is scheduled to be completed in FY16, is expected to generate approximately 1K jobs and more than 2K additional jobs in related industries.
07:49 EDTBXApollo, EQT, Blackstone mull offers for Gas Natural unit, Bloomberg says
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April 9, 2014
10:06 EDTCGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Carlyle Group (CG) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Fortune Brands (FBHS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Gray Television (GTN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Mallinckrodt (MNK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Penn National (PENN) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays... Philip Morris (PM) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... SAIC (SAIC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital... Danaher (DHR) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at ISI Group... Quanex (NX) upgraded at BB&T... Omnicell (OMCL) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... Volkswagen (VLKAY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Actavis (ACT) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... CONSOL (CNX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
07:13 EDTCGCarlyle Group upgraded at Oppenheimer
As noted earlier, Oppenheimer upgraded Carlyle Group to Outperform from Perform. The firm has a positive outlook on private equity based asset managers in general, and believes that Carlyle is better positioned than most of its peers to contend with markets that could be choppy this year, given the diversification of its investments. Target $41.
06:41 EDTCGCarlyle Group upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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05:48 EDTBXStocks with implied volatility movement; DLLR BX
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April 8, 2014
14:22 EDTBXWeather Channel near deal to return to DirecTV, WSJ says
DirecTV (DTV) is near a deal to return the Weather Channel to its lineup, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, one of whom said DirecTV will agree to a small increase in the fees it pays though less than the bump the Weather Channel was seeking. The Weather Channel is owned as a joint venture between Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal, Blackstone (BX) and Bain Capital. Reference Link
11:58 EDTBXBlackstone volatility at upper end of 30-month range into Q1
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07:56 EDTBXKKR latest PE firm to increase focus on fast-growing tech, FT says
KKR (KKR), following in the recent steps of private equity peers Blackstone (BX), CVC Capital Partners and TPG, is bolstering its technology team and is considering a specialist fund to invest in fast-growing tech companies, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
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