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April 2, 2014
10:53 EDTMOS, AGU, POTAgrium slips after warning on late planting season impact on earnings
Shares of agricultural nutrients producer Agrium (AGU) are slipping after the company warned that it expects first quarter earnings per share just above breakeven. WHAT'S NEW. Agrium announced that the late spring season this year is expected to result in first quarter earnings per share just above breakeven, while analysts' consensus estimate prior to the announcement stood at 53c per share. The company said the slow start to the spring season is expected to impact the timing of its wholesale, and to a lesser extent its retail, earnings. First quarter wholesale results were also impacted by reduced rail availability and the usual lag in realized wholesale nutrient prices, Agrium added. Additionally, the Carseland nitrogen facility experienced a failure in March, which has resulted in an unplanned shutdown to make repairs that are expected to be complete in the second half of May. The shutdown is anticipated to lower product availability of urea by approximately 100,000 tonnes and ammonia by approximately 20,000 tonnes in the second quarter, Agrium noted. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On February 20, Agrium said that it expected FY14 North American spring crop area to be near FY13. It said that it projected crop nutrient shipments to be strong in the first half of FY14, in part due to a shorter fall application season in FY13 due to weather. Agrium projected North American nitrogen demand to decline about 2%-4% in FY13/FY14 due primarily to reduced corn acreage, while global nitrogen demand is projected to increase by 1.5%-2% in FY14 from FY13 levels. OTHERS TO WATCH: Agrium's peers in the fertilizer industry include Mosaic (MOS) and Potash (POT). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of Agrium fell 1.76% to $95.80, Potash dropped 1.6%, and Mosaic slipped 0.7%.
News For AGU;MOS;POT From The Last 14 Days
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December 19, 2014
10:17 EDTPOTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aviva (AV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... BioDelivery Sciences (BDSI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded at SunTrust... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... EPR Properties (EPR) upgraded to Hold from Underweight at KeyBanc... Ensco (ESV) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... First Marblehead (FMD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... GOL Linhas (GOL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Medical Properties Trust (MPW) upgraded to Hold from Underweight at KeyBanc... NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... NewStar Financial (NEWS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Orange SA (ORAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Parker Drilling (PKD) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Potash (POT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Teekay Tankers (TNK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tidewater (TDW) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Unum Group (UNM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... WPP PLC (WPPGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Tudor Pickering.
09:44 EDTPOT, MOS, AGUOTR Global upgrades Nitrogen and Potash/Phosphate
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05:46 EDTPOTPotash upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS upgraded Potash Corporation to Buy saying the company's new Rocanville and Picadilly operations will reduce production costs and improve free cash flow. UBS believes the current dividend yield of around 4% provides downside protection. It raised its price target for Potash shares to $48 from $38. The stock closed yesterday up 2c to $35.27.
December 17, 2014
12:10 EDTMOSMosaic acquisition of Archer Daniels fertilizer unit to spur growth in Brazil
The Mosaic Company (MOS) announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland's (ADM) fertilizer distribution business in Brazil and Paraguay for $350M. The assets purchased include $150M in working capital. The acquisition is expected to significantly accelerate Mosaic's growth plans in Brazil as well as replace a substantial amount of planned internal investment in that country. Mosaic's distribution capacity in the region is expected to increase from approximately four million tonnes per year to 6M tonnes. As a result of the acquisition, Mosaic intends to manage and report a new international distribution segment beginning in the first quarter of 2015.
December 11, 2014
08:16 EDTMOS, AGU, POTBHP sees potash as focus for growth in China, WSJ reports
Mining giant BHP Billiton said it is focusing on potash as an area of strategic growth in China, with Mike Henry, a president for BHP saying potash "can be our fifth pillar, adding to the four key markets of iron ore, oil and natural gas, copper and coal that the company had identified previously, reported The Wall Street Journal. Other publicly traded companies in the potash space include Agrium (AGU), Intrepid Potash (IPI), Mosaic (MOS), Potash (POT). Reference Link
December 10, 2014
12:04 EDTMOS, AGU, POTUSDA lowers 2014/15 soybean ending stock forecast
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09:36 EDTPOTActive equity options trading
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07:56 EDTMOS, POT, AGUUBS to hold a conference
Agriculture Investor Day is being held in Chicago on December 10.

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