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February 5, 2014
08:13 EDTSUSuncor removed from Canadian Focus List at Canaccord
Canaccord removed Suncor from the Canadian Focus List based on the lower than expected dividend raise, an underwhelming Investor Day in December, and potential acquisitions. Shares remain Buy rated.
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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

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