Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:ARCC)’s shares dropped 2.18% to $17.02. The company on July 16 said it has priced a public offering of 13,500,000 shares of its common stock. Ares Capital has granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 2,025,000 shares of common stock. The offering is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close on July 21, 2014. The offering of the shares is being made under Ares Capital’s shelf registration statement (as amended), which was filed with, and declared effective by, the Securities and Exchange Commission. On July 15, 2014, the official close price of Ares Capital’s common stock on The NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ARCC” was $17.40 per share.
SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE:SUNE)’s shares increased 0.39% to $23.44. The company on July 10 said a new project that will install 159 kilowatts (kW) of solar PV micro-grids with battery storage in six remote Indian villages, which will bring electricity to, and thereby improve health and education for, 4,875 off-grid people. Working with the Government of India’s Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and the Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam state agency, SunEdison will build, operate and then transfer the facilities to a public entity after five years, giving the freedom of renewable, reliable energy to those who need it the most.
Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp (USA) (NYSE:KOG)’s shares gained 5.50% to $15.73. Levi & Korsinsky on July 16 is investigating the Board of Directors of Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. (“Kodiak” or “the Company”) (KOG) for possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of state law in connection with the sale of the Company to Whiting Petroleum Corporation. Under the terms of the transaction, Kodiak shareholders will receive 0.177 of a share of Whiting stock for each share of Kodiak common stock they own, representing a value of $13.90 per share based on the closing price of Whiting common stock on July 11, 2014. The investigation concerns whether the Board of Kodiak breached their fiduciary duties to stockholders by failing to adequately shop the Company before agreeing to enter into this transaction, and whether Whiting Petroleum Corporation is underpaying for Kodiak shares. In particular, shares of Kodiak traded above the offer price the day before the merger was announced, and at least one analyst set a price target of $19.00 per share.
Oil Declines Pending U.S Rig Count; Concerns Over High Global Supply
Oil prices declined on Friday, with U.S. crude down 3%, as investors and traders waited anxiously to see if the U.S. oil rig count will fall even more while OPEC members indicated they would do little to cut output. Declining share prices on Wall Street, which have given guidance to oil recently, also pressured crude futures, addition with reduced political turmoil in the Middle East from United States-Russia discussions on Syria. The dollar bounced to contain oil and additional commodities, following Thursday’s decision by the Fed to keep U.S interest rates unchanged pushed the currency to a 21 day low earlier.
This directed attention largely on oil services firm Baker Hughe’s weekly United States oil rigs report set at 1:00p.m EDT. U.S oil drillers have slashed rigs over the last two weeks, a signal that renewed price drops since July possibly be slowing some from returning to the well pad in large way. “With U.S. output shifts still very much under the microscope, today’s oil rig counts could be a key determinant as to how the complex finishes this week,” said Jim Ritterbusch, analyst at Ritterbusch & Associates. “We expect another decline but one downsized from recent double digit decreases,” he stated. U.S crude futures CLcl fell $1.20, or 2.6%, at $45.70 per barrel.
Next, OPEC member Kuwait stated it would take time for the oil markets to correct itself, representing the group would still defend market share regardless of production cuts to boost prices. Additional OPEC sources stated they project oil will increase a maximum $5 a barrel annually to reach $80 by the year 2020. Iran’s deputy oil minister repeated Iran’s plans to get back its oil production share once nuclear-related sanctions are gone against Tehran, enhancing that new oil contracts would be released in coming weeks. Russia was the only main producer to state on Friday it was probably going to cut production at below $40 a barrel.
Illegal Marijuana: Is That Still A Thing?
Marijuana has finally been made legal and will continue to be made legal over the next couple of years throughout the country. However, there is still a need for marijuana to be sold through the black market. Why? Because of taxes.Regulators have made it near impossible for legal markets get out of restriction. Because of this, while cannabis is allowed in certain areas, drug lords and street dealers have been doing exceptionally well.
A main concern is the banking limits put upon cannabis markets. Dealings have been approved by the government, but still are a threat to the industry because no definitive law has been amended to the books. Lawmakers in Washington D.C. recently added a 37 percent excise tax and restricted the number of retail locations. This put the legal market in a state of non competitiveness with the underground trade. Lawmakers are going to have to levy taxes and release oppressing rules if they seek to stop illegal drug trading.
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Marijuana Stocks Are The Highlight Of MarijuanaStocks.com Late Night Analysis
Within the capital markets public companies keep sprouting from, it seems, out of nowhere to try and carve out their own green footprint. Cannabis stocks, as volatile as they may be, continue to captivate investors looking to grab their own piece of a brand new industry, the same way their parents did ten plus years ago with “DotCom.” Dot Bong seems to be the millennials’ turn at finding the next Ebay or Amazon. Think about it, if you could have invested in alcohol just as prohibition was ending, would you (assuming that there was an opportunity to purchase shares of a publicly traded alcohol company)? I will be presumptuous and say “yes”f or you; and that’s exactly what’s happening. Marijuana is the newest “sin” sector in the public markets, joining the likes of big tobacco, Alcohol, and Gaming industry. When the discussion about marijuana stocks comes about, where do you stand? Do you find yourself in the same mindset of at least 7 high net worth investment funds taking the leap into buying cannabis stocks or are you still watching from the sidelines?