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sam_0534 181 posts  |  Last Activity: 13 hours ago Member since: Feb 8, 1998
  • Blackstone took SeaWorld public last year in an offering that valued the business at three times its initial investment, and has gradually reduced the size of its stake.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Freescale Semiconductor (FSL) is rising Friday after Bernstein Research upgraded the stock.

    Analyst Stacy Rasgon boosted his rating on the stock from Market Perform to Outperform, and raised his target price by $11 to $31. He writes that the move comes as cyclical indicators have improved since September for semiconductors, and the stocks now have lower expectations and valuations.

    He notes that higher inventories do offset some of the good news, but overall he characterizes the outlook as “reasonably positive” for the more cyclically exposed names. In the case of Freescale specifically, Rasgon writes that the Street is pegging year-over-year growth too low for 2015.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • and the scared cats sell...

    Sentiment: Buy

  • Nielsen (NLSN) disclosed plans for an offering of 20 million shares on behalf of Blackstone Group(BX), Thomas H. Lee Partners, Hellman & Friedman and AlpInvest Partners, worth $875 million.

    The company was acquired in 2006 by a consortium that included Blackstone and Thomas H. Lee, and it took the company public in 2011. Both shops are still Top 10 holders at the company, which tracks consumer behavior ranging from what people watch on television to what they buy in stores.
    Also note HLT is making transactions to delay capital gains...BX is a smart operator!!!!!!

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Technical Support

    Goldman Sachs US Financial Services Conference 2014
    Scheduled Presentation Start :Wednesday, December 10, 2014 11:30:00 AM ET
    Be aware, presentations may be delayed several minutes before starting.
    Webcast Presentation
    Company Speaker
    Blackstone Steve Schwarzman
    Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder

    Listen to the Webcast

  • sam_0534 sam_0534 Dec 10, 2014 2:35 PM Flag

    any BX investor needs to listen when he speaks... amazing compnay and management...just starting an energy fund at the right time..great bargins to be looked at....

    Sentiment: Buy

  • called the stock valuation NUTS , etc.. really great to hear his talks...Fantastic company....listen to event...12:18 EST - Blackstone (BX) CEO Stephen Schwarzman says falling oil prices are creating "an amazing investment opportunity" for the firm's energy investing businesses, and that BX is nearly finished raising a new $4B-plus energy fund to take advantage. "We'll probably have more money for energy investing than anyone," Schwarzman says at banking conference. BX forecast lower oil prices -- though not to this degree -- and has "low exposure to oil," he says. "We're much more gas and power. Our credit business is mostly senior debt. So we don't think we have much exposure on the down side." BX off 0.6% at $33.68.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • 11:11 EST - Lower oil prices should hit performance fees at publicly traded private-equity firms, says Credit Suisse, which estimates the likes of KKR, Carlyle (CG) and Blackstone (BX) have generally allocated 5-15% to energy across private-equity and credit funds. It adds the pain could last until 2016. One thing to note is "lower oil prices are providing a 'tax break' to many other sectors, so the overall fundamental impact could be a net positive if sectors like consumer discretionary and industrials see higher valuations," says Credit Suisse.

    Sentiment: Buy

  • sam_0534 sam_0534 Dec 10, 2014 11:27 AM Flag

    11:11 EST - Lower oil prices should hit performance fees at publicly traded private-equity firms, says Credit Suisse, which estimates the likes of KKR, Carlyle (CG) and Blackstone (BX) have generally allocated 5-15% to energy across private-equity and credit funds. It adds the pain could last until 2016. One thing to note is "lower oil prices are providing a 'tax break' to many other sectors, so the overall fundamental impact could be a net positive if sectors like consumer discretionary and industrials see higher valuations," says Credit Suisse.

    Sentiment: Buy

  • Blackstone To Become Largest HPP Shareholder
    Blackstone will receive $1.75 billion in cash, and be issued common shares and operating partnership units which will equate to ~48 percent of the HPP common equity outstanding. It will also obtain three seats on the Hudson Pacific board of directors.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Bloomberg News charts the stumbles Carlyle has made by diversifying into international real estate, a $13 billion effort that is still just a fraction of Blackstone Group's(BX)$80 billion real estate operation.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • sam_0534 by sam_0534 Dec 9, 2014 10:38 AM Flag

    NEW YORK , Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Analyst Report Issued by Small Cap IR -- Kinder Morgan Incorporation (NYSE-MKT: KMI) is the largest energy infrastructure company in North America with an enterprise value of more than $125 billion. It owns an interest in or operates approximately 80,000 miles of pipelines and 180 terminals. The pipelines transport natural gas, refined petroleum products, crude oil, carbon dioxide (CO2) and more. The company also stores or handles a variety of products and materials at its terminals such as gasoline, jet fuel, ethanol, coal, petroleum coke and steel.

    The company's customers include major oil companies, energy producers and shippers, local distribution companies and businesses across many industries. In most of its businesses though, Kinder Morgan(KMI) operates like a giant toll road and receives a fee for its services, generally avoiding commodity price risk.

    The two major commodities serviced by Kinder Morgan(KMI) are oil and natural gas, respectively accounting for 34% and 54% of 2014 earnings. However, the company has been more resolute in the face of the oil sell-off. As the firm's contracts are major drivers of the stock price performance regardless of natural gas and oil price performance, its cash flows remain stable, avoiding commodity price revenue risk. Given current energy price movements, Kinder Morgan(KMI) stands out as a stable name in a world of volatility, and can provide some peace of mind in an energy-exposed portfolio.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Normally a deal that doubles the size of a successful company is huge news.

    Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE: HPP) purchasing the entire Northern California Equity Office Properties (EOP) portfolio from two The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) real estate partnerships by way of a negotiated transaction is certainly no exception.

    But there is far more to this arrangement than just a large asset sale. The terms of the deal announced on December 8 are actually more strategic than transactional.

    Blackstone To Become Largest HPP Shareholder
    Blackstone will receive $1.75 billion in cash, and be issued common shares and operating partnership units which will equate to ~48 percent of the HPP common equity outstanding. It will also obtain three seats on the Hudson Pacific board of directors.

    According to Hudson Chairman and CEO Victor Coleman, the contribution of Blackstone office assets in return for 63.5 million shares and operating partnership units is a "transformational event" for Hudson Pacific.

    Hudson Pacific Shares Hit All-Time High

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • just commented here..he is a smart investor...

  • Reply to

    Irrational and foolish investors...

    by sam_0534 Dec 8, 2014 11:49 AM
    sam_0534 sam_0534 Dec 8, 2014 12:12 PM Flag

    Yes, but pipeline companies make money transporting mostly natural gas now....

  • too bad there are so many around...HPP, HLT, BRX up..too many trade the market and not a stock...I also own big holdings in MLP pipeline and they are getting hit today with lower oil prices which is not a big effect on their earnings...KMI for example...all buys...9:22 EST - Even though Blackstone's (BX) real estate group has been an active seller this year, that doesn't mean it thinks the property market has peaked. BX's latest big-ticket sale shows that the firm wasn't simply looking to cash out. Hudson Pacific Properties(HPP) agreed to pay $3.5B for BX's northern California office portfolio, but half that amount will be in stock, making BX a 48% stakeholder in the REIT. Blackstone engineered the deal that way because it believes the 26 office towers in the hot Silicon Valley and San Francisco markets still have upside.

    Sentiment: Buy

  • 9:22 EST - Even though Blackstone's (BX) real estate group has been an active seller this year, that doesn't mean it thinks the property market has peaked. BX's latest big-ticket sale shows that the firm wasn't simply looking to cash out. Hudson Pacific Properties(HPP) agreed to pay $3.5B for BX's northern California office portfolio, but half that amount will be in stock, making BX a 48% stakeholder in the REIT. Blackstone engineered the deal that way because it believes the 26 office towers in the hot Silicon Valley and San Francisco markets still have upside.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • sam_0534 sam_0534 Dec 8, 2014 12:12 AM Flag

    they reported 2 billion profit......Blackstone Group LP has agreed to sell its northern California portfolio of 26 office buildings for $3.5 billion to a Los Angeles-based real-estate investment trust, its largest office sale in seven years.

    The properties were part of Equity Office Properties Trust, which Blackstone acquired for $39 billion in a 2007 leveraged buyout.

    The...

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Freescale Semiconductor (FSL) were gaining 5.6% to $24.74 Friday after Evercore upgraded its rating for the broad line chipmaker.

    Evercore upgraded Freescale Semiconductor to "buy" from "hold," saying it expects the company to see strong automotive and general purpose microcontroller sales over the next two years. The analyst firm also raised its price target for the company to $30 from $20.

    On Tuesday Freescale Semiconductor announced that it acquired fabless semiconductor company Zenverge, known for its advanced HD content processing ICs. The acquisition will "significantly enhance Freescale's content processing, storage and interoperability capabilities for a range of Video Internet of Things applications and markets," according to the company.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Blackstone Group (BX) shares are up 1% to $33.48 in early market trading on Thursday after the asset management firm was started with an "overweight" rating by analysts at Barclays earlier today.

    Analysts at Barclays believe that Blackstone is better positioned than many of its peers to excel in the asset management business.

    The firm also set a $39 price target on the company's stock, suggesting a potential 16.5% upside from the stock's current level. The stock has a 52-week low of $26.56 compared to a high of $36.08.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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