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June 25, 2014
08:50 EDTWNR, TSO, MRO, EPD, PSX, HFC, PXD, VLORefiners slip after U.S. widens oil export potential
Shares of Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) are rising in early trading after the U.S. reportedly gave Pioneer and Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) permission to ship a type of light oil known as condensate to foreign buyers. Meanwhile, shares of refiners are trading lower following the news. WHAT'S NEW: The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security told Pioneer Natural that putting condensate through a stabilizer was sufficient processing to qualify it to be eligible for export without a license, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the company. The Wall Street Journal also reported that the Department of Commerce had given approval via a private ruling to Pioneer and Enterprise Product Partners to export condensate. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Refiners may see their profits drop if they are forced to pay higher prices to compete with international buyers for U.S. crude. “We don’t think the current system needs to be changed,” a spokesman for Valero Energy (VLO), Bill Day, told Bloomberg. Other publicly traded refining companies include HollyFrontier (HFC), Marathon Oil (MRO), Phillips 66 (PSX), Tesoro (TSO), and Western Refining (WNR). PRICE ACTION: In pre-market trading Pioneer Natural Resources was up 2% to $226.50, while Enterprise Products Partners was up 1.7% to $77.40. Shares of several refiners' stocks were indicated to open lower, with Valero down over 4% in pre-market trading, Phillips 66 down 2.8% and Tesoro down 2.5%.
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November 23, 2015
16:09 EDTTSOTesoro to acquire Flint Hills Resources' marketing/logistics assets in Alaska
Tesoro through its affiliate Tesoro Alaska Company, has agreed to acquire Flint Hills Resources' wholesale marketing and logistics assets in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska. "This investment represents our commitment to efficiently and reliably serve customers in the state of Alaska," said Greg Goff, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tesoro Corporation. "We have been a part of the Alaska community since 1969, and over the last five years we have invested more than $300 million dollars in our Alaska operations. We look forward to continuing our operations in the state. "This transaction includes: all FHR wholesale fuel marketing contracts in Alaska; an Anchorage terminal with 580,000 barrels of total in-service storage capacity, a truck rack, and rail loading capability; a Fairbanks airport terminal that includes 22,500 barrels of in-service jet fuel storage and truck rack; and a multi-year terminalling agreement at FHR's North Pole terminal, which will provide efficient rail offload capabilities and provide Tesoro access to Alaska's Interior. The former FHR North Pole refinery is not part of this acquisition.This transaction also improves Tesoro's ability to serve customers from its existing Anchorage terminal, as a result of Tesoro gaining access to rail loading capabilities located at the FHR Anchorage terminal. This extends Tesoro's ability to efficiently and reliably serve the Alaska interior. Tesoro expects to offer qualified third parties access to the FHR Anchorage terminal. The transaction is expected to close within 60 days, pending completion of transition, planning and required consents and approvals.
10:00 EDTPSXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Aixtron (AIXG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Cavium (CAVM) downgraded on checks at JMP Securities... Chico's (CHS) downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Chipotle (CMG) downgraded on new E coli infections at Sterne Agee CRT... Constant Contact (CTCT) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... Fairchild (FCS) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Haemonetics (HAE) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Jumei (JMEI) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... Phillips 66 (PSX) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Tata Motors (TTM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Textura (TXTR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... TriVascular (TRIV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
06:32 EDTPSXPhillips 66 downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman analyst Neil Mehta downgraded Phillips 66 to Sell and lowered his price target to $85 from $92 on shares. Mehta said Phillips 66 has lower free cash flow generation than peers and its higher distillate product exposure makes the refining segment less advantaged. The analyst sees limited growth opportunities for new crude infrastructure in the midstream business and expects the chemicals business to decline in 2016 if Brent prices stat below its $50/bbl forecast.
06:09 EDTHFCHollyFrontier files automatic mixed securities shelf
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November 17, 2015
10:08 EDTPSXFERC approves Berkshire to own up to 25% of Phillips 66
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered that Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) was authorized to own as much as 25% of Phillips 66 (PSX), concluding that transactions that will increase its stake are "consistent with the public interest," according to an order posted to the regulator's website.
08:39 EDTPXDPioneer Natural most likely large-cap E&P takeover candidate, says Canaccord
Canaccord believes Pioneer Natural (PXD) would be the most likely large cap takeover candidate in the E&P space, but said there is no way a major could make it an immediately accretive asset. The firm also thinks Callon Petroleum (CPE) would be the most likely small to mid-cap acquisition candidate given its high quality core Midland acreage and relatively cheap valuation.
08:10 EDTMROMitsubishi UFJ to hold a conference
Oil & Gas Conference is being held in New York on November 17.
November 16, 2015
10:11 EDTEPDHigh option volume stocks
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07:36 EDTPSXBerkshire Hathaway discloses new AT&T stake in quarterly update
Berkshire Hathaway gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning. NEW STAKES: AT&T (T), Kraft Heinz (KHC), Liberty Lilac Group (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Phillips 66 (PSX), Charter (CHTR), Liberty Media (LMCK), Suncor (SU), General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: Goldman Sachs (GS), Wal-Mart (WMT), Deere (DE), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI), WABCO (WBC). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Viacom (VIAB).
07:32 EDTEPDEnterprise Products signs additional long-temr contracts for LPG export capacity
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November 13, 2015
17:04 EDTPSXThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
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