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razzledazzle5050 43 posts  |  Last Activity: Feb 9, 2016 1:43 PM Member since: Dec 6, 2002
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  • razzledazzle5050 by razzledazzle5050 Feb 9, 2016 1:43 PM Flag

    or does anyone else get the feeling that JMP mgt. is trying to take this company over on the cheap?

  • razzledazzle5050 by razzledazzle5050 Feb 8, 2016 9:25 AM Flag

    and lowers price target to $25 from $51

  • razzledazzle5050 by razzledazzle5050 Feb 5, 2016 12:53 PM Flag

    It's in the summary news area for yahoo too.

  • Reply to

    What's going on with today's drop???

    by tongoapeman Feb 5, 2016 10:51 AM
    razzledazzle5050 razzledazzle5050 Feb 5, 2016 10:55 AM Flag

    Or, there's a downgrade coming out tomorrow

  • Reply to

    Nothing left to do but BUY BUY BUY

    by mattg720 Jan 20, 2016 12:00 PM
    razzledazzle5050 razzledazzle5050 Jan 29, 2016 1:22 PM Flag

    Never said I was short or had puts. In fact I'm very long and not happy yet. Still a long way to go for b/e. That said, in Nov. of 2014...not long ago, it was at $69. It lost $50 in just over a year. Still looks like we're on the stairs after getting off the down elevator. If you're making money, then that's great. I still have a long way to go.

  • Reply to

    KMI earnings after the close today

    by razzledazzle5050 Jan 20, 2016 3:58 PM
    razzledazzle5050 razzledazzle5050 Jan 20, 2016 4:14 PM Flag

    That sucks...they came up half a bil short on Rev. then cut divy to .50 from .51

  • razzledazzle5050 by razzledazzle5050 Jan 20, 2016 3:58 PM Flag

    Let's hope they're not in the toilet

  • Reply to

    Nothing left to do but BUY BUY BUY

    by mattg720 Jan 20, 2016 12:00 PM
    razzledazzle5050 razzledazzle5050 Jan 20, 2016 12:15 PM Flag

    Just a reminder. Stocks take the stairs up and the elevator down

  • razzledazzle5050 by razzledazzle5050 Jan 20, 2016 12:06 PM Flag

    and their stock is off 2.50 as I write..#$%$?

  • razzledazzle5050 by razzledazzle5050 Jan 13, 2016 1:14 PM Flag

    January 13, 2016, 12:53 P.M. ET
    Is the Energy Transfer-Williams Deal About to Fall Apart?
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    Talk about a shareholder revolt.

    Shares of both Williams (WMB) and Williams Partners (WPZ) are down roughly 40% since the start of the year. Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), Williams’ acquirer, is down 28%. About a third of both those declines were on Wednesday alone.

    None of the companies involved have said anything about restructuring their deal, which was first announced last September. But based on the reaction of shareholders to recent actions by credit rating agencies and further declines in crude oil, the benefits of continuing down the path toward merging may be seeming increasingly elusive.

    Bloomberg Business attributed Williams recent declines to speculation about “deal trouble” in a Tuesday story. It quoted investor Skip Aylesworth saying, “If I was Williams, I’d look at every chance to say, ‘no, thank you,’ and go my separate way.”

    Both Fitch and Moody’s have downgraded Williams to the first rung of junk bond status recently. Williams Partners was also downgraded, but remains investment grade.

    On Wednesday, Fitch said it is keeping Energy Transfer’s rating at BB, below investment grade, even though it had said in the past that it was likely to raise the rating after the merger with Williams. It stated that it still sees the merger as “generally positive for ETE.”

    But it said in its report that Energy Transfer may need to reduce its distributions to shareholders. According to the report:

    While not currently expected, Fitch believes there is room, given the current environment, for ETE to forgo some of the distribution growth it expects to receive in order to support its underlying partnerships’ capital spending needs. A rise in ETE’s leverage from temporarily forgoing distributions would not necessarily warrant a negative rating action at ETE provided any ETE action helps maintain the underlying subsidiary’s current credit ratings, and any resulting bump up in ETE leverage beyond Fitch’s 4.5x standalone estimate is temporary.

    The merger was announced in September after a long takeover battle and was expected to close early this year.

  • Reply to

    Roller coaster.

    by bobpaulovich Jan 13, 2016 12:27 PM
    razzledazzle5050 razzledazzle5050 Jan 13, 2016 12:36 PM Flag

    Agree. I read their reports when I need to go to sleep fast. Apparently the WMB acquisition is going to put them into a noose when it comes to cash. They should renegotiate or cancel. Pretty obvious the divy is going to be slashed or eliminated. I wish they'd get it over with and discuss the path forward in this enviroment.

  • razzledazzle5050 by razzledazzle5050 Jan 13, 2016 11:31 AM Flag

    $ETE Apr 10 Call buyer +5k for $1.30. Just happened. Yesterday 5k APR 12.5 calls at the the ask for ETE.
    Let's hope that trickles down to ETP

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    ETE options

    by razzledazzle5050 Jan 12, 2016 11:16 AM
    razzledazzle5050 razzledazzle5050 Jan 12, 2016 11:30 AM Flag

    I meant ETP...can't get anything right with this stock!

  • razzledazzle5050 by razzledazzle5050 Jan 12, 2016 11:16 AM Flag

    Someone just picked up 5k APR 12.5 calls at the the ask. I knows it's not ETE but at least it's in the same family.
    Hoping my pain is almost over.

  • Reply to

    Price Action

    by iggi72uwgb Jan 12, 2016 11:00 AM
    razzledazzle5050 razzledazzle5050 Jan 12, 2016 11:11 AM Flag

    #$%$ painful. #$%$ is the problem? Is their leverage really this bad? Sick to my stomach!!!
    When are their earnings due? Anyone? Buehler?

  • razzledazzle5050 by razzledazzle5050 Jan 5, 2016 12:51 PM Flag

    At this momment it is up $1.70C... if the Loonie ever gets legs this is going to be a hell of a home run. Keep up the good work my Canadian friends!!!

  • razzledazzle5050 by razzledazzle5050 Dec 22, 2015 9:47 AM Flag

    Look up $ETP in twitter search. His hit piece is there. This guy continues to blast us.

  • razzledazzle5050 by razzledazzle5050 Dec 18, 2015 9:28 AM Flag

    ETP Energy Transfe... Jefferies Initiates Coverage on Buy 48.00

  • razzledazzle5050 by razzledazzle5050 Dec 15, 2015 2:12 PM Flag

    Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP)
    Industry: Energy/Oil & Gas Storage & Transportation
    Dividend Yield: 12.6%
    Year-to-date return: -55.5%

    JPMorgan Rating/Price Target: Overweight/$73
    JPMorgan Analysts Said: Double digit distribution secure, market underappreciates ETE support. We believe ETP has outlined a clear path to funding needed through YE16, after which ETP should start to realize the benefit of the ~$10bn of projects under construction. The ~$2.2bn drop down to SUN announced at the recent Analyst Day pre-funds nearly 70% of planned 2016 equity needs, with the potential for non-core asset sales and/or IDR waivers on future equity issuance to cover the balance. ETE's growth depends upon a strong ETP, and we believe ETE will do what it takes to defend ETP.

    TheStreet Said: Recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author. TheStreet Ratings has this to say about the recommendation:

    We rate ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS -LP as a Hold with a ratings score of C. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

    Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

    Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 104.27% to $860.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS -LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -26.50%.
    Along with the very weak revenue results, ETP underperformed when compared to the industry average of 36.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues plummeted by 55.8%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
    Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 46.65%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 77.27% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Although its share price is down sharply from a year ago, do not assume that it can now be tagged as cheap and attractive. The reality is that, based on its current price in relation to its earnings, ETP is still more expensive than most of the other companies in its industry.
    The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.30 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, ETP maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.86, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
    You can view the full analysis from the report here: ETP


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    JPMorgan Rating/Price Target: Overweight/$73
    JPMorgan Analysts Said: Double digit distribution secure, market underappreciates ETE support. We believe ETP has outlined a clear path to funding needed through YE16, after which ETP should start to realize the benefit of the ~$10bn of projects under construction. The ~$2.2bn drop down to SUN announced at the recent Analyst Day pre-funds nearly 70% of planned 2016 equity needs, with the potential for non-core asset sales and/or IDR waivers on future equity issuance to cover the balance. ETE's growth depends upon a strong ETP, and we believe ETE will do what it takes to defend ETP.

  • Reply to

    A Cate Long tweet

    by razzledazzle5050 Dec 3, 2015 8:40 AM
    razzledazzle5050 razzledazzle5050 Dec 3, 2015 9:51 AM Flag

    Follow up:
    Administrator of Puerto Rico House of Representatives, Xavier Gonzalez Calderón, arrested by FBI.

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