+ Alberta provincial election expected this spring as MLA’s not running again declare themselves or step down, leaving Premier Prentice the option of going to polls earlier than legally required …
+ ATB Financial – THE OWL … Daily Economic Comment
+ Baker Hughes Inc. announced it will lay off 7,000 (about 11%) of its staff worldwide
+ Bank of Canada lowered its overnight target rate by 1/4% to 3/4 of 1% ; further reductions expected this spring and reduced mortgage rates rumbles … tic toc ..
+ Brookfield Asset Management Inc. agreed to buy out its JV with Johnson Controls Inc. for US$200 million
+ Canadian Pacific reported quarterly and full year earnings; lowest quarterly operating ratio in company’s history, record quarterly and annual earnings .. kudos!
+ Canadian Pacific formed a JV with DREAM Unlimited Corp; DREAM Van Horne Properties will develop surplus CP properties (ie: Schiller Park in Chicago, Obico near Toronto, South Edmonton Yard, Lucien L’allier in Montreal)
+ Carfinco Financial Group Inc. agreed to sell its U.S. business unit; terms/details not disclosed
+ current energy prices: live link to Bloomberg.com commodities data; crude continues at low prices due to oversupply – Brent steadying at US$48/barrel on word OPEC officials feel prices have bottomed …
+ Davos – World Economic Forum Jan. 21-25/15 – follow it on this link!; interesting discourse on oil pricing strategy – Total/OPEC/Saudi perspective … interesting article
+ Dentons is merging with Dacheng Law Offices in China; merged firm will continue as Dentons
+ European Central Bank will buy US$86 billion in bonds monthly starting in March to avert deflation in the euro-zone
+ Greek election results may pit new goverment against euro-zone nation creditors over level of austerity, ongoing deficits and sovereign debt which may cause fractures in euro-zone economic stability ... tic toc ... could be an economic time-bomb
+ Freehold Royalties Ltd. closed its $35 million acquisition of Anderson Energy Ltd.
+ Inter Pipeline Ltd. announced its 2015 CapEx Budget is $400 million
+ Kelt Exploration Ltd. announced its 2015 CapEx Budget is $152 million, down from $215 million
+ Kinder Morgan agreed to acquire Hiland Partners for US$3 billion
+ Mainstreet Equity Corporation closed its acquisition of 331 unit/five-building apartment project in Surrey, BC for $33.7 million
+ Marriott International agreed to acquire Delta Hotels & Resorts from bcIMC for $168 million
+ Marquee Energy Ltd. announced its CapEx Budget for first-half of 2015 is $13.1 million
+ OPEC’s Secretary-General Abdalla El-Badri warns of price spikes if producers back off investing in new supply development; says he’s open to working with OPEC and non-OPEC countries to stem the glut of excess crude supply .. tic toc ..
+ PwC Canada acquired West Monroe Partners’ Canadian Supply Chain practice
+ Rock Energy Inc. announced its revised 2015 CapEx Budget is $25 million, down from $90 million announced earlier
+ Royal Bank of Canada agreed to acquire City National Corporation for US$5.4 billion
+ Russian’s credit rating cut to ‘Junk Status’ by Standard & Poor’s
+ Saudi King Abdullah died; hard-line successor King Salman and oil minister Ali al-Naimi say they will stay the course on production/pricing strategy
+ Southern Pacific Resource Corp. filed for CCAA court ordered creditor protection
+ Toro Oil & Gas Ltd. announced its 2015 CapEx Budget is $12 million
+ Vicwest Inc. got shareholder approval for plan of arrangement/takeover by Kingspan Group Limited and approval of Shareholder Rights Plan