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January 16, 2013
08:02 EDTSU, KMISuncor battles Kinder Morgan over pipeline pricing, Globe and Mail reports
Suncor Energy (SU) is battling the Canadian unit of Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI), which is seeking approval for a $5.4B expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline, over prices, reports the Globe and Mail. Major oil companies want to ship to the west coast to take advantage of higher prices on world markets than they can get by shipping to refineries in the U.S. Midwest and Southeast. But some of them are balking at the price, or tolls, which they say would allow Kinder Morgan to earn returns on the project that are far above its historical 7% to 12%. Reference Link
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December 19, 2014
16:20 EDTKMIKinder Morgan enters equity distribution agreement
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December 18, 2014
09:35 EDTKMIActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL FB TSLA PBR RAD AMAT NFLX GILD KMI TWTR
December 16, 2014
14:55 EDTSUExxon Mobil, peers win right to explore in Flemish Pass. Petro Global News says
Exxon Mobil (XOM) along with peers Suncor (SU) ConocoPhillips (COP) won the rights to explore a Canadian offshore block, Parcel 1, located in the Flemish Pass, says Petro Global News. The oil companies bid a record $559M for the rights with ExxonMobil getting a 40% interest in the parcel, while Suncor Energy and ConocoPhillips each receiving a 30% interest, added Petro Global News. Reference Link
12:26 EDTSUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:57 EDTSUCanadian energy stocks rise after Talisman acquired by Repsol
Shares of Canadian energy companies are higher this morning after Repsol (REPYY) announced plans to buy Talisman Energy (TLM) for $8 per share in cash. WHAT'S NEW: Canada-based Talisman announced that it has agreed to be acquired by Spain's Repsol in a transaction valued at approximately $13B, including debt. Under the terms of the agreement, Repsol will buy all outstanding common shares of Talisman for $8 per share in cash. Also under the deal, Talisman will pay aggregate cash dividends of 18c per common share prior to closing. The Talisman board is recommending shareholders accept the deal at a special meeting to be held in mid-February 2015. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015, Talisman said. Talisman Chairman Chuck Williamson noted that the deal will create "significant and immediate value" for the company's investors. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Repsol first explored a bid for Talisman in July, but talks slowed in late August. Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported the companies revived talks and The Wall Street Journal said "talks moved quickly" from there. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, which initially considered buying parts of Talisman, was also weighing a bid for the whole company, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. ANALYST REACTION: Talisman Energy was downgraded this morning to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein. PRICE ACTION: Talisman Energy is up $2.43, or 47.5%, to $7.55 in morning trading and Repsol shares trading in New York are down 1.5% to $19.15. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other Canadian energy companies traded in New York include Encana (ECA), Suncor (SU), Canadian Natural Resource (CNQ) and Imperial Oil (IMO). Of note, Encana this morning announced a 2015 capital program of $2.7B-$2.9B, with about 80% directed to the Montney, Duvernay, Eagle Ford and Permian, its highest margin growth plays. The company expects total cash flow between $2.5B-$2.7B, reflecting the impact of higher margin production and continued cost efficiencies, partially offset by anticipated lower commodity prices. In morning trading, Encana shares rose 9.2% to $12.69, Suncor gained 5.3% to $28.33, Canadian Natural Resource added 4.8% to $28.62 and Imperial Oil advanced 2.5% to $40.88.
December 11, 2014
10:13 EDTSUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ARIAD (ARIA) downgraded at Credit Suisse... AbbVie (ABBV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Aimco (AIV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Approach Resources (AREX) downgraded at Sterne Agee... CommVault (CVLT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Fifth Street Senior (FSFR) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Harmonic (HLIT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Macerich (MAC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Olin Corp. (OLN) downgraded at Longbow... Penn West (PWE) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Prudential plc (PUK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Semiconductor Manufacturing (SMI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Suncor (SU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Talisman Energy (TLM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Thompson Creek (TC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... United Therapeutics (UTHR) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Vera Bradley (VRA) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee.
07:45 EDTSUSuncor downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Suncor to Neutral from Buy. The firm downgraded shares due to weaker oil prices, mining economics that are coming under pressure, negative free cash flow, and Fort Hills capital spending. Price target lowered to $42 from $46.
07:13 EDTSUSuncor volatility elevated on lower energy prices
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06:18 EDTSUSuncor downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
December 10, 2014
16:16 EDTKMIKinder Morgan, Cheniere Energy announces long-term agreements
Kinder Morgan (KMI) announced that Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline, Kinder Morgan Tejas Pipeline and Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, or TGP, have entered into 15-year firm transportation agreements and a multi-year storage agreement with Cheniere Energy (LNG) through its subsidiary, Corpus Christi Liquefaction. Under the agreements, KMI will provide 550,000 dekatherms per day of firm natural gas transportation service, as well as 3B cubic feet, or Bcf, of natural gas storage capacity to serve the LNG export facility being developed near Corpus Christi. The project is being designed and permitted for up to three trains, with aggregate design production capacity of approximately 13.5M tonnes per annum, or mtpa, of LNG. The natural gas transportation service can be increased to 800,000 Dth/d upon the completion of certain conditions in the Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline agreement. KMI will expand its existing Texas intrastate pipeline system in South Texas to provide 250,000 Dth/d of firm transportation and 100 percent of the storage services, and expand its TGP Pipeline to provide 300,000 Dth/d of firm transportation from various Zone 1 receipt points near its Station 87 Pool located in Portland, Tennessee. The construction of the facilities necessary to support these services will be coordinated with the startup of the LNG export facility, which is expected in 2018/2019. KMI expects to invest approximately $187M for this project.
09:02 EDTKMIKinder Morgan COO Steven Kean to be next CEO, Bloomberg reports
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07:45 EDTKMIWells Fargo to hold a symposium
2014 Wells Fargo Energy Symposium is being held in New York on December 9-10; with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 10 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
December 8, 2014
10:01 EDTKMIKinder Morgan and SK E&S LNG announce transportation agreement
Kinder Morgan announced that its Texas Intrastate Pipelines group has entered into a 20-year firm transportation services agreement with SK E&S LNG, a subsidiary of SK E&S Co. LTD. Under the agreement, KMI will invest more than $150M to provide more than 320,000 dekatherms per day of firm natural gas transportation services to support SK LNG’s Train III liquefied natural gas export capacity at Quintana Island, Texas. This Train is part of Freeport LNG Development’s Freeport LNG export facility which in total will liquefy up to 13.2 million tonnes per annum once fully operational. KMI will construct and operate approximately 40 miles of pipeline extending from its existing Kinder Morgan Tejas mainline to an interconnection point with Freeport LNG’s existing pipeline located in Stratton Ridge, Texas. KMI will also expand and construct additional compression on its existing Kinder Morgan Texas and Kinder Morgan Tejas pipeline systems to provide these services upon the startup of Train III, which is expected to occur in the third quarter of 2019. This transportation services agreement provides for the required expansion of the KMI intrastate system by over 1 billion cubic feet per day and will provide additional capacity to the Freeport and Chocolate Bayou areas. The agreements are subject to certain conditions, as well as making a final investment decision to construct the Freeport LNG Train III Liquefaction Project.

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