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December 6, 2012
08:08 EDTADM, CNH, DD, ANDE, AGU, DE, CF, CMP, MON, IPI, POT, BG, SYT, CPO, MOSMississippi levels continue to threaten agricultural shipments, FT says
Falling Mississippi water levels threaten to close the river to navigation and the president of marine operations for commodity trader Cargill said vessels being loaded on the coast were already running at greatly reduced capacity, reported Financial Times. Navigation could come to a halt altogether by December 22 if water levels keep falling and Cargill estimates "about $7B worth of products" would be stuck if that happens. Reference Link
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October 8, 2014
16:29 EDTDDU.S. Chemicals sector initiated with an Overweight at RBC Capital
RBC Capital started the U.S. Chemicals sector with an Overweight rating citing the growth of shale gas. The firm lists ethylene stocks LyondellBasell (LYB), Westlake Chemical (WLK) and Dow Chemical (DOW) its top picks in the space. RBC views coatings stocks as good ways to play the pending recovery in construction, and has Outperform ratings on Sherwin-Williams (SHW) and PPG Industries (PPG). RBC put its only Underperform rating in the sector on Axiall (AXLL), citing the company's short ethylene position and leverage to single-family housing.
16:20 EDTDDDuPont initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital
Target $71.
11:10 EDTCFOptions with increasing implied volatility
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11:01 EDTANDEAndersons acquires grain elevators and farm agronomy centers in Michigan
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08:49 EDTDEDeere price target lowered to $69 from $78 at Goldman
Goldman lowered Deere estimates and reduced its price target to $69 based on lower AG and TURF margin forecasts, and declining financial services margins. The firm reiterates its Sell rating based on an extended multi-year downturn in the ag equipment industry.
08:29 EDTMONMonsanto targets at least double ongoing EPS by FY19
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08:08 EDTMONMonsanto sees Q1 earnings roughly half last year, FY15 growth concentrated in Q3
Monsanto said, "As its business has expanded globally over the past several years, the company has seen its earnings flow evolve between quarters. This trend continues in FY15 as the company anticipates an overall shift in its full-year earnings pattern, as several structural factors result in a full-year earnings flow with a smaller first quarter and a concentration of growth in the third quarter. With macro conditions resulting in lower planted acres for key regions in both corn and cotton in the quarter, combined with a timing shift as the company moves more of its Agricultural Productivity business to branded-product sales, Monsanto expects its first quarter will be roughly half of the total earnings from the first quarter of 2014. Beyond the first quarter, the biggest first half timing effect relates to the evolution in its Channel seed brand business model that is expected to shift business timing from the first and second quarters to the third quarter. The company expects second quarter earnings to be relatively flat year-over-year with a significant uptick in third quarter earnings reflecting the timing shifts and business growth in its largest markets. The earnings flow is punctuated by a fourth quarter that is expected to be break-even to positive year-over-year on an absolute basis."
08:06 EDTMONMonsanto reports Q4 Seeds and Genomics sales $1.376B
Reports Q4 Agricultural Productivity sales $1.254B. Hugh Grant, chairman and CEO for Monsanto, said, “In an industry that’s particularly near-term focused right now, there are few companies as well positioned to deliver strong growth today while significantly increasing investments to enable the continued delivery of a broad range of innovative solutions for tomorrow.”
08:04 EDTMONMonsanto sees FY15 EPS $5.75-$6.00, consensus $6.03
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08:02 EDTMONMonsanto reports Q4 ongoing EPS (27c), consensus (24c)
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October 7, 2014
16:19 EDTDEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and remained there for the entire session. A weak industrial production report out of Germany and the IMF's lowering of its global growth forecast filled the news void left by another relatively light day on the domestic economic calendar. The volume was heavy and the selling was broad based, with each of the major equity indexes losing more than 1.5%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTs report, showed job openings surged 230K to 4.835M in August, marking their highest level since January 2001. Consumer credit rose only $13.5B in August, missing expectations for an increase in credit of $20B. In Europe, German industrial production dropped 4% sequentially in August on an adjusted basis, which was a steeper slide than economists forecast and its biggest decline since January 2009. Also of note, the International Monetary Fund cut its global economic growth forecasts for the third time this year. The growth forecast for 2014 was trimmed to 3.3% from a July forecast of 3.4%, while the 2015 projection was lowered to 3.8% from 4.0% previously. COMPANY NEWS: AGCO (AGCO) fell $4.97, or 10.55%, to $42.13 after the company lowered its third quarter view and cut its fiscal year 2014 earnings per share outlook for a second time after previously lowering it in July. The stock, along with several others in the U.S. machinery industry, were downgraded today at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Merrill also downgraded Deere (DE) to Underperform from Neutral this morning, citing the collapse in corn and soybean pricing and the strengthening U.S. dollar, and its shares also declined $2.83, or 3.42%, to $80.01. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was GT Advanced (GTAT), which rebounded 41c, or 51.25%, to $1.21 following its sharp, 93% decline yesterday after its unexpected bankruptcy filing. Today's recovery, however, still leaves the stock far below the $11 per share level where it began yesterday's trading session. Also higher was CalAmp (CAMP) which rose $3.47, or 21.03%, to $19.97 and was upgraded to Outperform at Macquarie after the wireless technology solutions maker's Q2 report. Among the noteworthy losers was SodaStream (SODA), which sunk $6.05, or 21.94%, to $21.52 after the home beverage carbonation system maker warned that revenue for its third quarter will come in well below Wall Street estimates. Also lower were shares of The Container Store Group (TCS), which dropped $5.45, or 24.9%, to $16.44 after the company lowered its fiscal 2014 outlook. The decline sent the stock below the $18.00 level, where its initial public offering priced last November. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 272.52, or 1.6%, to 16,719.39, the Nasdaq fell 69.60, or 1.56%, to 4,385.20, and the S&P 500 declined 29.73, or 1.51%, to 1,935.09.
15:16 EDTMONNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:08 EDTMONMonsanto technical notes ahead of earnings
In the prior three months the shares have underperformed, dropping nearly 14% in price. The trend has been bearish with a few volatile upside attempts which did not hold. Ahead of results, the stock has broken below an important support at the $110 area. This level has held as support since early March of this year. A continued breakdown below it on negative news would snap the 5-year uptrend line which has support at $110. Support levels to watch as potential downside objectives are at $105.45, $99.98, and $96.11. A break of the long-term uptrend line would be long-term bearish for share price. If the news surprises on the upside, resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives are at $115.39, $118.99, and $121.85.
14:33 EDTMONMonsanto October weekly 108 straddle priced for 3% move into Q4
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12:09 EDTDEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:50 EDTDEAGCO shares slide as company cuts outlook, U.S. machinery sector downgraded
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10:02 EDTDEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:14 EDTDEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:03 EDTCFCF Industries volatility elevated into Yara CEO resigns amid CF merger talks
CF Industries (CF) overall option implied volatility of 34 is above its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into Yara (YARIY) announcing its CEO resigned amid CF merger talks.
08:13 EDTCFYara likely to buy CF for up to 30% premium, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes the potential merger between Yara (YARIY) and CF Industries (CF) will be structured as Yara buying CF with 75% stock, 25% cash and up to a 30% premium or $360 per share. The firm sees limited upside for Yara shareholders and keeps an Underperform rating on the stock. This morning, the company announced the resignation of its CEO and said merger talks with CF continue.
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