Lightroom CC / 6 Photo Merge Settings not transferring in HDR and Panorama Merges

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Tried the panorama feature in LR6 to find out that it doesn't import all the settings for the raw file, tried a pano with a landscape, it discarded the gradients that were over the sky area. Also applying a gradient on the resulting DNG turned the sky grey and using the hue and color sliders only afected the exposure of the gradient, not the color. Had the previous pano version done in photoshop to compare. Any ideas?
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Today, this is how Panorama and HDR settings transfers work. As always, this behavior is subject to change:

Please note that the settings that are copied over will differ between the HDR and Panorama cases.

For a Panorama, the merge tool is changing geometric attributes, and will therefore not copy over existing geometric settings such as Lens Corrections/Upright (with the exception of Defringe settings).

For HDR, the merge tool is expanding tonal range, so existing primary tone settings (such as Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, and Blacks) are not copied over.

Settings cleared for both the HDR & Pano cases:
- Local Corrections
- Red Eye
- Spot Healing
- Upright
- Crop

Settings that are copied over (with some exceptions):
- Basic Panel (except primary tone adjustments for HDR)
- Tone Curves (HDR no, Pano yes)
- HSL/Color/B&W
- Split Toning
- Detail Panel
- Lens Correction (HDR yes, Pano only Defringe)
- Effects Panel
- Camera Calibration (except Process Version, which must always be current for HDR)

I hope this helps.
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Local corrections applied to one of the source images doesn't make sense once the image has been stitched into a pano. The geometry of the two images is completely different. If you like, you can sync local adjustments from one of your sources to the final merged result, but most likely the results won't look good.

The intended and recommended workflow is to merge images first, then edit the result (not the other way around).