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Canaccord Genuity Upgrades Talisman Energy (TLM) to Buy; NXY/CNOOC Deal Offers Positive Read Through

July 24, 2012 9:22 AM EDT Send to a Friend
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Price: $8.45 -2.31%

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    5 Buy, 10 Hold, 2 Sell

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    Up: 16 | Down: 12 | New: 33
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Canaccord Genuity upgraded Talisman Energy (NYSE: TLM) from Hold to Buy, price target raised to $15.00.

Analyst, Phil Skolnick, said, "We are upgrading TLM (after having downgraded the stock almost a year ago on July 29, 2011, to HOLD) on the back of Nexen (NYSE: NXY) announcing it is being acquired by CNOOC (NYSE: CEO) for $15.1 billion, or US$27.50 per share, in an allcash transaction. The NXY/CNOOC deal has a positive read--through for TLM. We believe it is a positive indicator of TLM’s ability to be acquired given its mixture of international assets (55% of production is outside of North America). Even though TLM does not have the same long-life oil sands assets that NXY has, SE Asia is a highlight, in our view, that could motivate a buyer of the company given it offers production growth (expecting 8% CAGR) + potentially rising gas prices."

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Shares of Talisman Energy closed at $11.58 yesterday.




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