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June 19, 2014
19:59 EDTTRGP, ETE, NGLS, ETPWells Fargo 'highly skeptical' of Targa Resources takeover
Wells Fargo said it is "highly skeptical" that Energy Transfer (ETE) will ultimately acquire Targa Resources (TRGP) and Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) after Bloomberg reported that the sides were near am agreement. Wells says that while there are strategic benefits to such a merger, the math of such a transaction doesn't work. It notes the transaction would likely be "highly dilutive" to the Energy Transfer family.
News For TRGP;ETE;NGLS;ETP From The Last 14 Days
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October 16, 2014
10:01 EDTTRGPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:13 EDTTRGPTarga Resources upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS upgraded Targa Resources to Buy based on significant accretion from the Atlas Energy (ATLS) acquisition. Price target is $141.
October 15, 2014
08:34 EDTETEEnergy Transfer recent weakness a buying opportunity, says Morgan Stanley
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October 14, 2014
12:20 EDTETEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after three of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the most recent quarter of the year. The market began the session in positive territory but the move seemed tenuous and the averages were almost back in negative ground within a half hour of the opening bell. As the morning progressed and the bears were unable to gain control, the buyers emerged and pushed the Dow to a triple digit gain and the Nasdaq to an increase of nearly 1.5%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism index came in at 95.3, versus the consensus expectation for a 95.8 reading. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan (JPM) swung to a third quarter profit, but its headline earnings per share fell below analysts’ consensus estimate. Of note, the company's press release on its results came out earlier than planned on Nasdaq's (NDAQ) Shareholder.com website, which the exchange operator attributed to an internal "human error." Wells Fargo (WFC) reported in-line earnings and stronger credit quality, but its stock slid 1.4% following the report. Citigroup (C) generated the most headlines, however, as it reported better than expected adjusted third quarter profit, announced plans to pull back from retail banking in eleven countries and said it will disband a legacy Banamex unit that provided personal security services after an investigation uncovered illegal conduct. Shares of Citi bucked the trend set by its two peers, rising 3% near noon... In addition to JPMorgan, Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported on its third quarter earnings. The drug and medical device giant reported better than expected profits and revenues and raised its FY14 EPS outlook, but the stock was fractionally lower near midday. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), which gained 8.5% after the stock was among the energy industry names upgraded this morning at RW Baird. Also higher was Skyworks (SWKS), which rose 11% after the company preannounced stronger than expected results that its CEO attributed to the "broad-based strength" of its business. Among the noteworthy losers was EnerNOC (ENOC), which dropped 11% after JPMorgan downgraded the stock to Neutral citing risk to the company's Demand Response revenue at PJM given the challenge to FERC Rule 745. Also lower was Tyco (TYC), which fell nearly 4% after Barclays downgraded the stock citing valuation and coupled the ratings change with an upgrade of Eaton (ETN). INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 133.38, or 0.82%, to 16,454.45, the Nasdaq was up 60.63, or 1.44%, to 4,274.29, and the S&P 500 was up 21.51, or 1.15%, to 1,896.25.
10:01 EDTETE, TRGPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
08:57 EDTTRGPTarga Resources upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering
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08:18 EDTETEEnergy Transfer Equity upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird
As reported previously, Baird upgraded Energy Transfer Equity to Outperform from Neutral and highlights it as a high quality flight to safety play against the falling price of crude. Price target remains $65.
07:51 EDTETEEnergy Transfer Equity upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
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October 13, 2014
12:16 EDTTRGP, NGLSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly lower at midday amid light trading volume. Banks and bond markets are closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday, though equity markets remain open. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of freight train operators rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that one of the companies in the sector, CSX (CSX), was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. Following the Journal's report, CSX rose 10% and Canadian Pacific advanced 1%, while Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Kansas City Southern (KSU) both climbed about 3%... Chrysler returned to the U.S. stock market, as shares of Fiat Chrysler began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FCAU." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was J.C. Penney (JCP), which rose 3% after the company selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. Also higher were Atlas Energy (ATLS), which rose 20%, and Atlas Pipeline Partners (APL), which advanced 6%, after Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) and Targa Resources (TRGP) agreed to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners for cash and stock valued at $38.66 per APL common unit and agreed to buy Atlas Energy following the company's spin-off of its non-midstream assets. Among the noteworthy losers was Aerohive Networks (HIVE), which plunged 30% after the company lowered its guidance for the third quarter, citing weaker-than-expected order volume near the quarter's end. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell over 8% after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 32.14, or 0.19%, to 16,511.96, the Nasdaq was down 7.97, or 0.19%, to 4,268.27, and the S&P 500 was down 6.85, or 0.36%, to 1,899.28.
10:29 EDTNGLS, TRGPTarga says has no expecation of reducing headcount to create value
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09:21 EDTNGLSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:38 EDTNGLS, TRGPTarga Resources Partners to increase dividend by 4c post-closing
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08:32 EDTTRGP, NGLSAtlas Energy to host conference call
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08:17 EDTNGLS, TRGPTarga Resources Partners and Targa Resources to host conference call
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07:57 EDTTRGP, NGLSTarga Resources CEO says acquisition is 'compelling strategic opportunity'
Joe Bob Perkins, CEO of the Targa Resources and of the general partner of the Partnership, stated, "Both the Targa and Atlas management teams and our boards view this integrated transaction as a highly compelling strategic opportunity to combine two outstanding midstream businesses and create value for all shareholders and unitholders. We believe the combination provides our customers an enhanced midstream service offering, and presents our investors with an enterprise that has increased scale, diversity and growth. The acquisitions will significantly and immediately increase our scale and geographic diversity, accelerating the growth of our premier North American midstream platform. APL's footprint solidifies the Partnership's position as a leader in the Permian Basin, while adding top-tier assets in the Midcontinent and South Texas regions. Importantly, the combination of APL's NGL production with Targa Resources Partners' leading NGL downstream assets will allow the pro forma partnership to generate additional revenue along the NGL value chain, create additional attractive growth capital expenditure projects and accelerate current growth capital expenditure projects." The boards of the partnership (NGLS), the company (TGRP), ATLS (ATLS) and APL (APL) have each approved the respective merger agreements. Subject to the completion of the spin-off and customary approvals and conditions, including the expiration or termination of all waiting periods under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, the acquisitions are expected to close in 1Q15. The respective boards of APL, ATLS and the Company have voted to recommend the transaction to their unitholders and shareholders.
07:50 EDTTRGP, NGLSAtlas Energy to spin-off non-midstream assets prior to acquisition by Targa
Prior to Targa Resources' (TRGP) acquisition of Atlas Energy (ATLS), ATLS will spin-off its non-midstream assets. After giving effect to the spin-off, ATLS's assets will solely comprise its general partner and incentive distribution rights interests in APL and 5.8M APL common units. Immediately following the spin-off and subject to the concurrent closing of the Partnership's acquisition of APL, Targa Resources will acquire Atlas Energy for total consideration of $1.87B, including 10.35M TRC shares valued at $1.26B based on the closing price of TRC's common stock on October 10 and $610M in cash. Targa Resources has arranged committed financing of $1.1B to replace its existing revolving credit facility and to fund the cash components of the transaction, including cash merger consideration and $149M related to change of control payments. Based on shares of TRC and units of ATLS outstanding as of September 30, current Targa Resources shareholders will own approximately 80% of the pro forma shares outstanding and current ATLS unitholders will own approximately 20%.
07:48 EDTNGLS, TRGPTarga Resources sees 11%-13% distribution growth in 2015 following acquisition
For the Partnership, management expects to recommend a distribution increase 4c per limited partner unit at the first Bboard distribution declaration meeting after the transaction closes; which is expected to be in the first quarter of 2015. Assuming a first quarter close, the Partnership estimates full year 2015 pro forma distribution growth over full year 2014 of 11% – 13%, and expects distribution coverage to be at or above the Partnership's stated target range of 1.1x – 1.2x. In conjunction with the Partnership recommendation, management expects to recommend a dividend increase of 10c per share for Targa Resources following the closings of the transactions. Assuming a first quarter close and 11%-13% distribution growth at the Partnership, the company estimates full year 2015 pro forma dividend growth over full year 2014 of approximately 35%. The Company's estimated 2015 effective cash tax rate pro forma for the transaction is expected to be 10%-15% compared to 33% on a standalone basis. Targa Resources Corp. expects $1.00 - $2.00 per share dividend accretion over the long term
07:46 EDTTRGP, NGLSTarga Resources to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners, Atlas Energy
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07:44 EDTTRGP, NGLSTarga Resources to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners, Atlas Energy
October 10, 2014
08:31 EDTTRGPGoldman remains bullish on MLPs
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