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February 26, 2013
10:00 EDTMO, ROSE, KYO, MDP, RIG, AFFY, CHMT, ATW, LO, TSN, MMC, OKS, TC, TXN, LSI, ATML, ADM, CLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Altria Group (MO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Archer Daniels (ADM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Atmel (ATML) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Colgate-Palmolive (CL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... LSI Corp. (LSI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Texas Instruments (TXN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore... Thompson Creek (TC) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at TD Securities... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Marsh & McLennan (MMC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler ONeill... Altria Group (MO) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Oceaneering (OII) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Tyson Foods (TSN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Lorillard (LO) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... Colgate-Palmolive (CL) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Atwood Oceanics (ATW) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Chemtura (CHMT) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Meredith (MDP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Affymax (AFFY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Lazard Capital... Kyocera (KYO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Miller Tabak.
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July 11, 2014
08:02 EDTLOLorillard acquisition by Reynolds may be announced soon, says Wells Fargo
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08:01 EDTLOLorillard volatility expected to move on Reynolds American confirms discussions
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07:02 EDTLOReynolds American confirms discussions about business combination
Reynolds American (RAI) confirms that it is in discussions with Lorillard (LO) regarding a possible acquisition of Lorillard. The discussions are consistent with RAI's strategy of considering a variety of options to enhance shareholder value. British American Tobacco, RAI's largest shareholder, is participating in these discussions. If the transaction proceeds, BAT expects to support the transaction by subscribing for additional shares in RAI and would maintain its existing 42% equity position in RAI. Imperial is also involved in these negotiations as a possible purchaser of brands and other assets from Lorillard and RAI. There is no assurance that any agreement will be reached by any of the parties. Unless circumstances dictate otherwise, RAI does not intend to comment further on these matters.
07:01 EDTLOLorillard confirms talks regarding potential acquisition by Reynolds American
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06:04 EDTLOImperial confirms talks with Reynolds, Lorillard over asset acquisition
Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) notes the recent speculation relating to a potential transaction involving Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO). Imperial confirmed it is in discussions with Reynolds and Lorillard to evaluate a possible acquisition of certain assets and brands owned by Reynolds and Lorillard. Earlier today, Financial Times reported that Reynolds and Lorillard are close to a merger agreement.
05:54 EDTLOReynolds American, Lorillard close to merger agreement, FT reports
According to the Financial Times, Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) are close to agreeing on a merger. The companies, which would have a combined market capitalization of $56B, have agreed with British American Tobacco (BTI), which holds a 42% stake in Reynolds, on key elements of the deal, including price. The companies are currently finalizing details on which production facilities and cigarette brands would be disposed of to ease antitrust concerns. Reference Link
05:21 EDTTCRoyal Gold provides update on Mt. Milligan stream deliveries
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July 10, 2014
17:52 EDTMOAltria Group initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
Target $47.
17:51 EDTLOLorillard initiated with an Underperform at Cowen
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16:54 EDTTCThompson Creek reports Q2 production results
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12:14 EDTLOLorillard jumps 2%, or $1.34, to $64.35
11:09 EDTLOOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:05 EDTMMCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:09 EDTKYOKyocera files patent infringement lawsuit against Hanwha Q Cells Japan
Kyocera has filed a complaint in Tokyo District Court against Hanwha Q CELLS Japan Co., Ltd., for infringement of a Kyocera patent relating to solar modules. The complaint was filed after extensive negotiations regarding Kyocera’s Japanese patent for a “three-bus-bar electrode structure” that increases energy conversion efficiency in solar modules. Kyocera is negotiating with other parties regarding the patent.
06:07 EDTLOLorillard implied volatility of 40 at upper end of index mean range
July 9, 2014
16:47 EDTMMCMarsh & McLennan initiated with an Overweight at Evercore
Target $57.
12:42 EDTLOLorillard, Reynolds deal still most likely outcome, says Wells Fargo
After it was reported that British American Tobacco (BTI) is potentially in talks to acquire the 58% of Reynolds American (RAI) that it doesn't own, Wells Fargo says it still believes a combination between Reynolds and Lorillard (LO) remains the most likely outcome. The firm thinks Susan Cameron was not brought back to run Reynolds to help facilitate a sale transaction to BAT. Wells recommends buying shares of Lorillard on any pullback should a deal between BAT and Reynolds be announced, as it thinks that ultimately a transaction to buy Lorillard would likely follow.
11:25 EDTLOReynolds rises as BAT said to contemplate total takeover
Shares of cigarette manufacturer Reynolds American (RAI) are higher this morning following a report that British American Tobacco (BTI) is close to a deal to buy the stake in Reynolds it does not already own. WHAT'S NEW: The Daily Mail reported that British American Tobacco, which currently holds a 42% stake in Reynolds, is speculated to be "on the verge" of buying out the 58% of its U.S. peer that it does not already own. WHAT'S NOTABLE: A deal for Reynolds, whose brands include Kill, Camel, Winston and Salem, by British American Tobacco would stop any plans Reynolds might already have to buy Lorillard (LO), which makes Newport menthol cigarettes and electronic cigarettes. CNBC's David Faber said on July 3 that Reynolds was on track to buy Lorillard "within weeks," and added that Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) would likely buy some of the divested assets as a result of the transaction. Faber noted at the time that British American Tobacco was likely to build a position in Reynolds. ANALYST REACTION: According to the Daily Mail, Citigroup has said it would be "advantageous" for British American Tobacco to acquire all of Reynolds, as its earnings per share would be boosted by 10%-13% and give it access to "one of the best" global e-cigarette platforms. The firm believes a total acquisition would allow British American Tobacco "total freedom" to deploy Reynolds' intellectual property on e-cigarettes. PRICE ACTION: Reynolds American shares are up $1.62, or 2.64%, to $62.93 in mid-morning trading. Meanwhile, British American Tobacco shares trading in New York are down 46c to $121.51 and Lorillard is up 40c to $63.33.
09:13 EDTLOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:26 EDTLOBritish American rumored 'on verge' of deal to buy out Reynolds, Daily Mail says
British American Tobacco (BTI) is speculated to be "on the verge of a mega deal" to buy the 58% cigarette peer Reynolds American (RAI) that it does not already own, according to the Daily Mail. By doing so, it would stop any plans Reynolds might have to buy another company in the industry, Lorillard (LO), according to the report. Reference Link
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