Brian Martin at FIG Partners has lowered his rating on shares of Pinnacle Financial Partners to 'market perform' from 'market outperform' following the bank holding company's Q2 profit report. Before the report, Martin's price target was $53, just a bit above where Pinnacle (Ticker: PNFP) is changing hands today. Over at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, analysts have trimmed their price target for Nashville-based Pinnacle to $62 from $63 but maintained his 'buy' rating.
Macquarie analyst Vikas Dwivedi has launched coverage of several refining stocks with positive ratings, saying the sector will benefit from tight capacity and solid financials. Among the companies getting 'outperform' ratings is Brentwood-based Delek US Holdings. Mid-morning Tuesday, Delek (Ticker: DK) was trading at about $36.50. So far this year, they're up 34 percent.
The board of Delek Logistics Partners has again voted to hike the company's quarterly dividend. Shareholders of record on Aug. 6 will receive 55 cents per limited partner unit, up from 53 cents. That amount is 16 percent higher than the payout of a year ago. Based on Monday's Delek Logistics closing price of $38.35 (Ticker: DKL), the new payout would lift the venture's yield to more than 5.7 percent.
The board of Delek US Holdings has grown to six as a result of the company's recent purchase of 48 percent of Texas-based Alon USA Energy. Yonel Cohen, one of the Alon USA board members who stepped aside to make room for five Delek representatives, was added to the Delek board last week and will hold his seat until the company's 2016 annual meeting.
Silicon Ranch Corp. has signed a deal with a Georgia green-energy cooperative to sell the entire output of its largest-ever project, a 52-megawatt solar array west of Savannah. The agreement with Green Power EMC, which supplies renewable energy to 38 utilities in Georgia, will cover 600 acres and service about 8,500 households. Silicon Ranch and Green Power EMC also are finalizing work on a 20-megawatt complex that will come online this fall.
Once completed, the 52 MW array will generate more than 134 million kilowatt hours of clean, renewable electricity annually. That amount of clean energy offsets 92,500 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to the annual emissions from burning 10,400,000 gallons of gasoline, or put another way, the emissions from more than 19,500 passenger cars.
Read more about the project here.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has set aside almost $700,000 to be used as incentives for consumers to buy or lease electric or hybrid cars. Starting in mid-June, dealerships can submit papers on behalf of buyers of 12 electric car models, which will be eligible for a $2,500 rebate, and 10 hybrid models, which have a $1,500 rebate attached to them. Check out the details here.
Atmos Energy will lift its natural gas prices by only 0.5 percent June 1 after agreeing to a settlement with state officials. Dallas-based Atmos services about 132,000 customers in 11 Tennessee counties, including Williamson, Rutherford and Maury. The company had asked the Tennessee Regulatory Authority to raise its rates by 3.9 percent, which would have generated an extra $5.9 million over the next nearly two years. But the Consumer Advocate and Protection Division of the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office intervened and also negotiated a 9.8 percent cap on the utility's return on equity. Check out the details here.
One of the biggest names in the global hedge fund industry likes the look of Delek US Holdings. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commision, the managers at Citadel say they now own 5.6 percent of Brentwood-based Delek, which last month said it planned to buy nearly half of Texas-based Alon USA Energy. Chicago-based Citadel, which manages $25 billion in capital, becomes the seventh entity to hold at least 5 percent of Delek.
Shares of Delek (Ticker: DK) are up about 1 percent this morning to $35.75. So far this year, they've climbed about 30 percent.
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