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May 23, 2014
17:40 EDTAEP, EXC, FE, PPLUtilities rise after PJM says 2017-2018 grid capacity cost rises to $120/Mw-day
WHAT'S NOTABLE: PJM is a regional transmission organization that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in all or parts of 13 states and the District of Columbia. The results of PJM's recent auction to procure power supplies three years into the future continued an overall trend toward more gas-fired generation and increasing diversity of resources. The clearing price for resources, which includes generation, annual demand response and energy efficiency, is $120/megawatt-day for all of PJM except the PSE&G location deliverability area. The auction, which concluded today, produced an adequate amount of resources to serve the PJM region in the June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018 delivery year. STOCKS TO WATCH: PPL Corporation (PPL), Exelon (EXC), American Electric Power Company (AEP), and FirstEnergy (FE) are all up about 2% in after-hours trading. Reference Link
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February 5, 2016
10:02 EDTPPLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Cascade Microtech (CSCD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Cinemark (CNK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Cree (CREE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Esterline (ESL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... GrubHub (GRUB) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Kohl's (KSS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... LINN Energy (LINE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... LinkedIn (LNKD) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... Magellan Midstream (MMP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Marathon Petroleum (MPC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Multi-Fineline (MFLX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... NIC Inc. (EGOV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... PPL Corp. (PPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... PennyMac Mortgage (PMT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Pixelworks (PXLW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Lake Street... Qorvo (QRVO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Ralph Lauren (RL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... TrueBlue (TBI) downgraded on macro concerns at BMO Capital... WEC Energy (WEC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
05:43 EDTPPLPPL Corp. downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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February 4, 2016
07:09 EDTPPLPPL Corp. board increases annualized dividend by 1c to $1.52
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07:09 EDTPPLPPL Corp. sees compound annual growth through 2018 of 5%-6% above 2014 earnings
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07:09 EDTPPLPPL Corp. sees FY16 EPS $2.25-$2.45, consensus $2.32
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07:09 EDTPPLPPL Corp. reports Q4 adjusted EPS 43c, consensus 44c
Reports Q4 revenue $1.78B, consensus $1.94B.
February 3, 2016
08:06 EDTEXCExelon plans to raise dividend 2.5% each year for next three year
"Despite a challenging year for the sector, strong operating performance at both our utilities and our generation business enabled us to deliver strong earnings. We will provide stable growth, sustainable earnings and an attractive dividend through a combination of regulated and contracted investments and return of capital. Consistent with this strategy, we plan to grow our dividend 2.5 percent each year over the next three years," said Exelon President and CEO Christopher Crane. Exelon's board declared a first quarter dividend of 31c per share and approved a revised dividend policy. The approved policy would raise its dividend 2.5% each year for the next three years, beginning with the June 2016 dividend. The board will take formal action to declare the next dividend in the second quarter, the company said.
08:04 EDTEXCExelon sees FY16 adjusted EPS $2.40-$2.70, consensus $2.52
Operating earnings guidance is based on the assumption of normal weather, which is determined based on historical average heating and cooling degree days for a 30-year period in the respective utilities' service territories.
08:03 EDTEXCExelon reports Q4 adjusted EPS 38c, consensus 41c
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February 2, 2016
08:42 EDTEXCExelon volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:33 EDTFECRA says auction process to be conducted for FirstEnergy Penn utilities
CRA International (CRAI) announced that an auction process will be conducted for FirstEnergy Corp.'s (FE) Pennsylvania utilities - Metropolitan Edison Company, Pennsylvania Electric Company, Pennsylvania Power Company and West Penn Power Company - to procure full requirements Default Supply generation service for their Default Service Customers. The auction process will lead up to the auction that is scheduled for April 11, 2016. The bidding process will use a descending-price clock auction format. The auction will be managed by Independent Evaluator and Auction Manager CRA International, Inc. The auction is being conducted pursuant to FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania Default Service Program as approved by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. This is the seventh auction in the series of DSP-III auctions that began in October 2014.
08:32 EDTFEFirstEnergy produced over 88.9M MW hours of electricity
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January 28, 2016
07:39 EDTEXCABB contracted by Exelon subsidiary for energy storage systems
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07:02 EDTAEPAmerican Electric backs FY16 operating EPS view of $3.60-$3.80, consensus $3.71
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07:01 EDTAEPAmerican Electric reports Q4 operating EPS 48c, consensus 50c
Reports Q4 revenue $3.6B, consensus $3.88B. Reports Q4 GAAP EPS 96c.
January 27, 2016
10:00 EDTEXCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Armstrong World (AWI) upgraded on valuation at BB&T... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Boyd Gaming (BYD) upgraded on valuation at Sterne Agee CRT... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Deutsche Boerse (DBOEY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Clarksons Platou... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... FCB Financial (FCB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Flushing Financial (FFIC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Imperva (IMPV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Munich Re (MURGY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Sprint (S) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Super Micro Computer (SMCI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR)upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Terex (TEX) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Clarksons Platou... Washington Trust (WASH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Yara (YARIY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg.
06:47 EDTEXCExelon upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi
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January 25, 2016
15:03 EDTEXC, FEPJM-linked energy generators crash after Supreme Court upholds 'demand response'
Shares of Dynegy (DYN) and select peers are trading lower after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and its so-called demand response, an industry practice that seeks to encourage lower energy usage. The rule, which pays customers for not using power, effectively boosts supply and increases pressure on prices in the PJM power grid, the nation's biggest merchant power market. Dynegy, Talen (TLN), Exelon (EXC) and FirstEnergy (FE) are the largest merchant generators in PJM, according to Bloomberg data. PRICE ACTION: Dynegy has fallen roughly 11.2% to $9.92. Exelon, NRG Energy (NRG), Talen and Calpine (CPN) have slipped 2.8%, 7.8%, 5.2%, and 7.7%, respectively, while energy savings firm EnerNOC (ENOC) jumped nearly 78% in the wake of the ruling.
10:21 EDTEXC, AEPSupreme Court upholds FERC 'demand response' rule
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