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June 19, 2014
05:59 EDTWMB, FIOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; FIO WMB
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Williams (WMB) 22, Williams Fusion-io (FIO) 26.
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February 8, 2016
12:05 EDTWMBOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory and proceeded to move lower throughout the session, amid a renewed selloff in oil prices and fears that bankruptcies related to the prolonged slump will begin to pick up pace. The move lower is not restricted to the energy sector and has been broad-based, as each of the major equity indexes was lower by about 2% or more. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the labor market conditions index came in at 0.4 for January, below expectations for a reading of 2.0. In Asia, markets in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea were all closed for the New Year holiday. Data was still released in China that showed the country's foreign currency reserves fell to their lowest level since May 2012, dropping about $99B in January, though that was better than analysts forecast and ahead of some recent whispers. COMPANY NEWS: Chesapeake Energy (CHK) tumbled over 50%, dropping as low as $1.50 per share, after media reports indicated that the natural gas producer has hired restructuring lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis. Subsequently, the stock was halted pending news and the company confirmed that Kirkland & Ellis continues to advise the company as it seeks to further strengthen its balance sheet. However, Chesapeake noted that it currently has "no plans to pursue bankruptcy," and its shares recovered some of their earlier losses upon being reopened for trading. The stock was down a bit over 25% near noon... Meanwhile, another player in the oil space with ties to Chesapeake, Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), declined 30% after the company disclosed, via a regulatory filing after Friday's close, that it was making a change to the Chief Financial Officer of its general partner. According to the company, the departure of CFO Jamie Welch from the post was not caused by any disagreements between him and the MLP over accounting issues or financial matters. Williams Company (WMB), with has agreed to merge with Energy Transfer, also slid 25%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Apollo Education (APOL), which rallied 25% after it agreed to be acquired by a group led by private equity company Apollo Global (APO) for $9.50 per share. Also higher was GoPro (GPRO), which gained 9% after Microsoft (MSFT) announced a new collaborative patent licensing agreement with the beaten down action camera maker. Among the noteworthy losers was Sarepta (SRPT), which fell 12% after the FDA delayed a decision on the company's Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment eteplirsen. Also lower was BioCryst (BCRX), which plunged 67% after a clinical trial of its hereditary angioedema drug failed to meet its primary endpoint. In addition, DexCom (DXCM) was 17% lower after it was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 317.14, or 1.96%, to 15,887.83, the Nasdaq was down 101.02, or 2.32%, to 4,262.12, and the S&P 500 was down 36.43, or 1.94%, to 1,843.62.
10:37 EDTWMBEnergy Transfer leads MLP rout after CFO change
The shares of Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) are plunging after the company disclosed, via a regulatory filing after Friday's close, that it was making a change to the Chief Financial Officer of its general partner. Meanwhile, the shares of the Master Limited Partnership, or MLP, and a number of peers were downgraded by research firm Robert W. Baird. Master Limited Partnerships are publicly traded partnerships that receive tax benefits and often own oil assets. WHAT'S NEW: Energy Transfer Equity announced that its CFO, Jamie Welch, would step down from the post. According to the company, Welch's departure was not caused by any disagreements between him and the MLP over accounting issues or financial matters. Welch will be replaced by Thomas Long, who is currently CFO of Energy Transfer Partners, L.L.C., which owns the general partner of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP), another MLP. STREET RESEARCH: This morning, Baird analyst Ethan Bellamy downgraded nine MLP stocks, including both Energy Transfer names. The analyst said he would remain bearish on the sector until oil prices and high yield bottom. Bellamy expects the sector to be pressured by a number of related factors, including the bankruptcy of exploration and production companies, fund outflows, and macro economic conditions. In addition to ETE and ETP, the analyst downgraded EnLink Midstream (ENLC), ONEOK Partners (OKS), Plains All American (PAA) and Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) to Underperform and cut Antero Midstream (AM), ONEOK (OKE) and Tallgrass Energy GP (TEGP) to Neutral. Addressing the departure of Energy Transfer Equity's CFO, Wells Fargo said it does not think that the CFO's departure indicates any change to the MLP's pending merger with The Williams Company (WMB). The firm added that it has no knowledge of any accounting issues that prompted the CFO to leave. It continues to believe that Energy Transfer Equity will rise over the longer term and it kept an Outperform rating on that stock. It maintained a Market Perform rating on Williams. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Energy Transfer Equity sank 26% to $5.20, Williams tumbled 24% to $13.03, Oneok dropped 13.5% to $22.10, Plains All American retreated 9.8% to $18.46 and Tallgrass sank 20% to $11.59.
10:26 EDTWMBOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:59 EDTWMBWilliams halted for circuit-breaker after falling 33.6% to $11.37
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07:19 EDTWMBEnergy Transfer, Williams likely to drop on CFO departure, says Wells Fargo
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February 4, 2016
10:10 EDTWMBOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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February 3, 2016
10:54 EDTWMBOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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February 2, 2016
07:29 EDTWMBHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
The Energy & Power Subcommittee holds a hearing entitled, "A Legislative Hearing on Eight Energy Infrastructure Bills" with Director Miles of FERC and Timothy Powell of the Williams Company on February 2 at 10 am. Webcast Link
February 1, 2016
10:25 EDTWMBWilliaOptions with increasing implied volatility: WMB ENDP RAD
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January 29, 2016
10:16 EDTWMBOptions with increasing implied volatility: WMB W CERS RAD CRM GILD MNST
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January 27, 2016
14:21 EDTWMBEnergy Transfer plans to keep Williams takeover terms, Bloomberg reports
Energy Transfer Equity LP (ETE) plans to keep unchanged the terms of its Williams Cos. (WMB) acquisition, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. To cover some of the deal costs, Energy Transfer intends to make lower than expected quarterly distributions, a source told the news agency. Reference Link
13:18 EDTWMBEnergy Transfer to keep terms of Williams takeover, Bloomberg says
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January 25, 2016
08:11 EDTWMBWilliams says Q4 gathered volumes grew in Northeast, stable in West
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08:10 EDTWMBWilliams Partners approves distribution of 85c
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08:08 EDTWMBWilliams Partners lowers 2016 growth capital funding needs view to $2B
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