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December 11, 2012
18:34 EDTWMB, CHK, ACMPWilliams to buy $2.4B ACMP stake, ACMP acquires $2.16B in Chesapeake assets
Williams (WMB) has agreed to purchase from Access Midstream Partners (ACMP), a 50% interest in the privately held Access GP, and 34.5M limited partnership units of Access Midstream and will now hold a 25% interest in Access Midstream. Williams will pay $2.4B for the purchase and is planning to offer 46.5M units of common stock to fund the transaction. Separately, Access Midstream has agreed to acquire $2.16B in midstream assets from Chesapeake Energy's (CHK) midstream arm. Access and Chesapeake have also entered an agreement that gives Access exclusive access to Chesapeake's assets in the Mid-Continent region, which Chesapeake plans to sell by the end of 1Q13. Following the transactions, shares of Williams are trading down 3.6%, while shares of Access and Chesapeake are both up 1.4% respectively.
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May 15, 2015
16:21 EDTWMBStocks end week little changed as data, deals offset bond yield jumps
Stocks ended the week little changed as a number of M&A deals and a few relatively strong economic data points offset worries about rising bond yields. MACRO NEWS: U.S. weekly jobless claims came in better than expected and reached the lowest four-week average level in 15 years... In Europe, the combined GDP of the 19 eurozone countries grew 0.4% in the first quarter, which was a bit weaker than the 0.5% consensus growth forecast but a pickup from the 0.3% growth pace of the final quarter of last year. Of note, all four of the euro zone's largest economies recorded growth in the same quarter for the first time since the first half of 2010... The People's Bank of China reduced its one year interest rate by 0.25%, marking the third time in the last six months that the central bank has cut benchmark rates... Bond yields surged in many of the world's largest economies, raising worries about inflation and putting pressure on stocks in the beginning of the week. COMPANY NEWS: There was a significant amount of M&A activity again this week, with the headliner being Verizon's (VZ) deal to acquire AOL (AOL) for $50 per share in a transaction valued at $4.4B. Danaher (DHR) agreed to buy purification technologies supplier Pall Corporation (PLL) for $127.20 per share in cash. Danaher also announced that it plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies. Energy infrastructure company Williams (WMB) announced a simplification deal to buy its affiliate Williams Partners (WPZ) for $13.9B in an all-stock transaction. Energy exploration company Noble Energy (NBL) agreed to acquire Rosetta Resources (ROSE) in an all-stock deal. Noble is buying Rosetta for $2.1B in stock plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8B... Alibaba (BABA) acquired a 9.3% stake in Zulily (ZU), an e-commerce retailer geared toward women. A person familiar with the matter reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese e-commerce giant is not pursuing an outright acquisition of the U.S. company, however... Shares of Netflix (NFLX) jumped Friday and hit a new all-time high after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, about forming a partnership to bring its content to China... Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management lost its proxy fight with DuPont (DD) as Trian did not succeed in getting its nominees elected to the DuPont board. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.45% to 18,272.56, the Nasdaq gained 0.89% to 5,048.29, and the S&P 500 climbed 0.31% to 2,122.73.
12:13 EDTWMBThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
10:45 EDTCHKStocks with call strike movement; CHK RIG
Chesapeake (CHK) October 17 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 45, Transocean (RIG) August 21 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 42 according to IVolatility.
08:03 EDTWMBWilliams places two pipeline projects into service
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May 14, 2015
13:28 EDTCHKIncreasing equity options volume
Increasing equity options volume: FCX UPS KSS CHK CSCO AVP YOKU CALM KORS
10:12 EDTWMBWilliams Partners downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg
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May 13, 2015
16:23 EDTWMBOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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16:06 EDTWMBOptions Update; May 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 38c to 20.67. Option volume leaders: AAPL CSCO NTI FB CSX BABA EIX BAC DD WMB TSLA JCP QCOM DAL
12:39 EDTWMBOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:32 EDTWMBONEOK 'most obvious' candidate to consider deal like Williams, says Wells Fargo
After Williams (WMB) announced a simplification deal with Williams Partners (WPZ) that is similar to Kinder Morgan's (KMI) rollup and Crestwood Equity's (CEQP) purchase of Crestwood Midstream (CMLP), Wells Fargo said it sees ONEOK (OKE) and ONEOK Partners (OKS) as the "most obvious" candidate likely to consider a similar deal. The firm believes other C-Corp/MLP pairs will be pushed to consider the merits of such transactions, but thinks the list of other candidates that really meet the criteria for such deals is short.
11:28 EDTCHKStocks with call strike movement; TWTR JCP
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11:12 EDTWMBEnergy MLPs weak despite Williams deal for Williams Partners
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09:56 EDTWMBEquity options with increasing volume
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09:44 EDTWMBMLPs that could trade up on Williams, Williams Partners news, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said Plains GP Holdings (PAGP), Targa Resources (TRGP), NuStar (NSH), Western Gas Equity (WGP) could trade up on the Williams (WMB)/Williams Partners (WPZ) merger news.
09:21 EDTWMBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:21 EDTWMBWilliams Partners jumps 14.8% to $54.41 after deal to be acquired by Williams
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07:13 EDTWMBWilliams says combined entity will have 'strong' investment grade credit ratings
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07:12 EDTWMBWilliams sees Williams Partners acquisition closing in fall of 2015
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07:10 EDTWMBWilliams to acquire all public equity of Williams Partners
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07:06 EDTWMBWilliams to acquire all public equity of Williams Partners
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