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June 26, 2014
07:02 EDTALE, PNW, WR, AVA, GXP, IDA, EE, POR, EDE, UILNumber of electric utilities could become takeover targets, says Bernstein
Bernstein identifies the following electric utilities as potential takeover targets: UIL Holdings (UIL), Empire District Electric (EDE), Portland General Electric (POR), El Paso Electric (EE), IDACORP (IDA), Great Plains Energy (GXP), Avista (AVA), Westar Energy (WR), Pinnacle West (PNW), and Allete (ALE).
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July 29, 2014
05:39 EDTPORPortland General Electric backs FY14 EPS view of $2.05-$2.20, consensus $2.13
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05:38 EDTPORPortland General Electric reports Q2 EPS 43c, consensus 34c
Reports Q2 revenue $423M, consensus $435.48M.
July 28, 2014
10:02 EDTEEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AcelRx (ACRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Aon plc (AON) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler ONeill... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) downgraded at Oppenheimer... Cisco (CSCO) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... Coeur Mining (CDE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... DSW (DSW) downgraded at Sterne Agee... DuPont Fabros (DFT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... El Paso Electric (EE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Enphase Energy (ENPH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Horizon Technology (HRZN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Lear (LEA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Life Time Fitness (LTM) downgraded at Wedbush... Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... NRG Energy (NRG) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... PG&E (PCG) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Pfizer (PFE) downgraded at BMO Capital... Post Properties (PPS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Publicis (PUBGY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Selmer Scientific (SMLR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Aegis... TransCanada (TRP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein.
07:27 EDTEEEl Paso Electric downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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July 17, 2014
07:42 EDTWRThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to hold a meeting
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July 16, 2014
13:51 EDTALEAllete unit reaches settlement agreement with EPA
Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE, has reached a settlement agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that resolves alleged violations of the New Source Review provisions of the Clean Air Act. The agreement does not include any admission of wrongdoing on the part of the company. The settlement agreement covers Minnesota Power’s Boswell, Laskin, Taconite Harbor and Rapids Energy Centers and includes more stringent emissions limits than in current air permits at all affected units, and the option of refueling, retrofits and retirements at some units. It also includes the addition of 200 megawatts of wind energy. Minnesota Power will also spend $4.2M over the next five years in conservation and clean energy projects benefitting local communities, which could potentially include a forest restoration project, an electric car charging station in northeastern Minnesota and a 1 megawatt solar installation on Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa property. Under the terms of the settlement, the company will also pay a $1.4M civil penalty. In Q2, ALLETE recorded an after-tax expense of $2.5M, or $0.06 per share, to reflect a liability associated with the conservation and clean energy projects. Due to its non-recurring nature, the expense will be excluded from 2014 earnings guidance.
08:31 EDTUILUIL CEO says still pursuing Philadelphia Gas Works acquisition
UIL CEO James Torgerson said, “Today, Wednesday July 16, is the first day that UIL can terminate its agreement to acquire the operations of the Philadelphia Gas Works. UIL may now exit this deal at any time while the matter is pending before the City Council. We have decided to continue our efforts to pursue this acquisition and become a new business partner in the City of Philadelphia. UIL remains ready to assist Council in its assessment of the sale including the essential public dialogue of what we believe is a valuable economic opportunity for the City of Philadelphia. UIL will continue to evaluate the situation and take additional actions as appropriate.”

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