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VLO

Valero

, WNR

Western Refining

09:31
11/22/16
11/22
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11/22/16
09:31

Carl Icahn says RIN trading threatens U.S. oil refineries, economy, WSJ reports

Activist investor and chairman of Icahn Enterprises (IEP) Carl Icahn believes the unregulated trade in Renewable Identification Numbers threatens to crush U.S. oil refineries, as well as the economy, Icahn writes in an opinion column for The Wall Street Journal, likening the threat to the role of mortgage-backed securities in the 2008 financial crisis. Publicly traded companies in the refining space include Delek US (DK), HollyFrontier (HFC), Marathon Petroleum (MPC), Phillips 66 (PSX), Tesoro (TSO), Valero (VLO) and Western Refining (WNR). Reference Link

VLO

Valero

WNR

Western Refining

TSO

Tesoro

MPC

Marathon Petroleum

PSX

Phillips 66

DK

Delek US

HFC

HollyFrontier

  • 01

    Dec

VLO Valero

11/16/16
TUDR
11/16/16
UPGRADE
TUDR
Buy
Valero upgraded to Buy from Hold at Tudor Pickering
08/23/16
JEFF
08/23/16
INITIATION
Target $66
JEFF
Buy
Valero initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Corey Goldman initiated Valero (VLO) with a Buy rating and $66 price target, citing the potential for ongoing M&A in the MLP space as well as the significant asset drop-down inventories at Valero Energy Partners (VLP). Goldman also initiated Valero Energy Partners with a Buy rating as he launched coverage on the U.S. refining sector.
08/23/16
08/23/16
INITIATION

On The Fly: Top analyst initiations
Catch up on today's top analyst initiations with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Talend (TLND) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays, a Neutral at Goldman, a Neutral at Citi, a Neutral at JPMorgan, and an Outperform at William Blair. 2. BJ's Restaurants (BJRI), Brinker (EAT), Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), Chipotle (CMG), McDonald's (MCD), Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), Fogo De Chao (FOGO) were initiated with a Hold at Canaccord while the firm initiated Dave & Buster's (PLAY) and Panera Bread (PNRA) with a Buy. 3. Valero (VLO) and Marathon Petroleum (MPC) were initiated with a Buy at Jefferies, which also started coverage on Phillips 66 (PSX) with a Hold rating. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
09/21/16
WELS
09/21/16
DOWNGRADE
WELS
Market Perform
Delek US downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst Roger Read downgraded Delek US (DK) to Market Perform saying the recent rally in the shares has limited the near-term return potential. The analyst raised his price target range for the stock to $17-$19 from $16-$17. In Refining, Read calls Valero (VLO) and Marathon Petroleum (MPC) his top picks among the large caps and PBF Energy (PBF) his top pick among the small caps.
WNR Western Refining

11/18/16
WOLF
11/18/16
DOWNGRADE
WOLF
Peer Perform
Western Refining downgraded to Peer Perform from Outperform at Wolfe Research
11/18/16
RBCM
11/18/16
NO CHANGE
RBCM
Tesoro acquisition positive, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Brad Heffern says that Tesoro's (TSRO) acquisition of Western Refining (WNR) is positive for Tesoro, given the increased exposure that the latter company will have to the Permian as well as synergies it will achieve in the Southwest and Midwest. The analyst says that the deal should boost the company's EPS by 10%-18%, but he adds that this estimate could be conservative if Tesoro delivers on its synergy targets. He raised his price target on Tesoro to $87 from $84 but keeps a Sector Perform rating on the shares.
11/15/16
RBCM
11/15/16
UPGRADE
RBCM
Outperform
Western Refining upgraded on reduced uncertainty, Permian outlook at RBC Capital
As noted earlier, RBC Capital upgraded Western Refining to Outperform from Sector Perform. Analyst Brad Heffern says that the company's uncertainty has declined in the wake of the completion of its acquisition of Northern Tier. Moreover, he expects Permian spreads to widen in Spring 2017, providing "a tailwind" for Western Refining "throughout 2H17." Target to $35 from $30.
11/15/16
RBCM
11/15/16
UPGRADE
RBCM
Outperform
Western Refining upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
TSO Tesoro

07/19/16
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On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA with analyst Jeremy Scott saying the Chiptopia loyalty program is a highly compelling and engaging platform that re-energized its most loyal customers while providing a large-scale acquisition of customer data. 2. Hasbro (HAS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray with analyst Stephanie Wissink saying the recent pullback in shares provides an opportunity to buy for "holiday 2016 and full year 2017 drivers." 3. IDEX Corp. (IEX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital with analyst Michael Gaugler saying the company's commentary that North American industrial end markets are showing signs of stabilization was probably more relevant than the second quarter results. 4. Ethan Allen (ETH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory with analyst Cristina Fernandez saying Ethan Allen has renewed sales momentum and sees several initiatives in the next few quarters that could sustain sales and drive shares higher. 5. Tesoro (TSO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi with analyst Faisel Khan saying the shares are trading at a significant discount to net asset value. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
08/23/16
JEFF
08/23/16
INITIATION
Target $101
JEFF
Buy
Tesoro initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Corey Goldman initiated Tesoro with a Buy rating and $101 price target, noting that the refiner's primary operating region is not plagued by excess product supplies unlike other U.S. markets.
10/11/16
FBCO
10/11/16
UPGRADE
FBCO
Outperform
Tesoro upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Edward Westlake upgraded Tesoro to Outperform with a $100 price target.
MPC Marathon Petroleum

10/31/16
RAJA
10/31/16
UPGRADE
RAJA
Strong Buy
MPLX upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James
Raymond James upgraded MPLX (MPLX) two notches to Strong Buy from Market Perform citing the dropdown profile from Marathon Petroleum (MPC) announced last week, combined with the increasing likelihood that the long-term cost of capital concerns of the partnership will be rectified, he believes the current risk/reward appears increasingly positive.
11/08/16
MSCO
11/08/16
NO CHANGE
MSCO
Overweight
Marathon Petroleum a top idea for 2017, bull case to $70 at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Evan Calio highlighted Marathon Petroleum (MPC) as a top idea for 2017 saying it has the potential to transform to a +70% mid-stream/retail company in the next 1-3 years that will re-rate shares. He believes the transformation is in the early stages and sees further upside in the potential monetization of the General Partner through an IPO or sale to MPLX (MPLX). Calio raised his price target on shares to $56 from $52 and has a new bull case to $70, and said downside is limited while risk/reward is attractive at 3:1. Marathon Petroleum is Overweight rated.
11/01/16
UBSW
11/01/16
UPGRADE
Target $44
UBSW
Neutral
Marathon Petroleum upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS
UBS analyst Spiro Dounis upgraded Marathon Petroleum to Neutral citing the company's newly announced plans to unlock value in the General Partner and accelerate growth at the MLP. The analyst estimates the General Partner interest in MPLX (MPLX) could be worth $4.6B-$4.8B. He raised his price target for Marathon Petroleum to $44 from $38.
10/31/16
10/31/16
UPGRADE
Target $54

Strong Buy
Marathon Petroleum upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James
As previously reported, Raymond James upgraded Marathon Petroleum (MPC) to Strong Buy from Buy and raised its price target to $54 from $47. Analyst Justin Jenkins believes Marathon's 2017 refining margin outlook is improving, and when combined with Speedway segment cash flow and valuation creation at MPLX and GP units, the discounted stock valuation is unwarranted.
PSX Phillips 66

08/23/16
JEFF
08/23/16
INITIATION
Target $72
JEFF
Hold
Phillips 66 initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Corey Goldman initiated Phillips 66 with a Hold rating and $72 price target.
09/29/16
GSCO
09/29/16
UPGRADE
Target $85
GSCO
Neutral
Phillips 66 upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
Goldman analyst Neil Mehta upgraded Phillips 66 to Neutral and raised its price target to $85 from $74 based on higher multiple assumptions for midstream and chemicals segments, reduced capex spending and higher free cash flow estimates, and more achievable consensus expectations.
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On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Qualcomm (QCOM) upgraded on potential NXP Semiconductors acquisition at Mizuho with the firm's analyst saying he believes a Qualcomm acquisition of NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) makes significant strategic and financial sense. 2. Skechers (SKX) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna. 3. Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies with analyst Christopher Mandeville saying the risk/reward is now favorable following the recent pullback in the shares. 4. Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman with analyst Neil Mehta citing higher multiple assumptions for midstream and chemicals segments, reduced capex spending and higher free cash flow estimates, and more achievable consensus expectations. 5. NetApp (NTAP) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Summit Redstone with analyst Srini Nandury citing optimism that the company can grow its product revenue from current levels driven by AFA sales and increasing adoption of clustered ONTAP. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
DK Delek US

11/14/16
WOLF
11/14/16
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WOLF
Peer Perform
Delek US downgraded to Peer Perform from Outperform at Wolfe Research
11/14/16
11/14/16
DOWNGRADE

Peer Perform
Delek US downgraded to Peer Perform on valuation at Wolfe Research
As previously reported, Wolfe Research downgraded Delek US to Peer Perform from Outperform. The firm's analyst cites recent strong price appreciation for the downgrade.
10/11/16
FBCO
10/11/16
DOWNGRADE
FBCO
Neutral
Delek US downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Edward Westlake downgraded Delek US to Neutral citing valuation and has a $19.50 price target on shares.
HFC HollyFrontier

11/01/16
TUDR
11/01/16
UPGRADE
TUDR
Hold
HollyFrontier upgraded to Hold from Sell at Tudor Pickering
11/01/16
RBCM
11/01/16
NO CHANGE
RBCM
HollyFrontier acquisition positive, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Brad Heffern is upbeat on Holly Frontier's $845M acquisition of Suncor's Petro-Canada Lubricants business. The analyst thinks that the deal lowers HollyFrontier's volatility and will be about $2 per share accretive to the stock's valuation. He raises his price target to $37 from $35 and keeps an Outperform rating.
10/19/16
HOWW
10/19/16
DOWNGRADE
Target $24
HOWW
Sector Perform
HollyFrontier downgraded to Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil
As previously reported, Scotia Howard Weil downgraded HollyFrontier to Sector Perform from Outperform and lowered its price target to $24 from $29. Analyst Blake Fernandez said HollyFrontier has been negatively impacted by compressing crude differentials and escalating RIN's prices and combined with higher cost assumptions and reduced capture rate in 2017, result in a lower earnings forecasts and share buybacks.
10/19/16
HOWW
10/19/16
DOWNGRADE
HOWW
Sector Perform
HollyFrontier downgraded to Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil
Scotia Howard Weil downgraded HollyFrontier to Sector Perform from Outperform.

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