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April 2, 2014
10:53 EDTAGU, MOS, 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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October 30, 2014
07:06 EDTMOSMosaic sees FY14 CapEx $1B-$1.2B
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07:05 EDTMOSMosaic sees Q4 Potash total sales volume 2M-2.3M
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07:05 EDTMOSMosaic sees Q4 Phosphates totalsales volume 2.5M-2.8M
Mosaic's realized DAP price, FOB plant, for the fourth quarter is estimated to range from $430 to $450 per tonne. Mosaic's gross margin rate in the segment is expected to be in the mid-teens percent range during the fourth quarter. The operating rate in the segment is expected to be in the 70 to 80 percent range reflecting on-going production curtailment to limit high cost inventory build-up.
07:04 EDTMOSMosaic reports Q3 Phosphates sales $1.7B, 3.3M tonnes
Reports Q3 Potash sales $593M, 18M tonnes.
07:03 EDTMOSMosaic: Improving potash/phosphates demand continued
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07:03 EDTMOSMosaic reports Q3 EPS 54c, compared to 29c a year ago
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October 29, 2014
15:41 EDTMOSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:58 EDTAGUAgrium to host investor day
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07:16 EDTMOSMosaic volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Mosaic October weekly call option implied volatility is at 46, November is at 25, December is at 21, January is at 25; compares to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 30.
October 24, 2014
10:03 EDTPOTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Align Technology (ALGN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Brandywine Realty (BDN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Carpenter Technology (CRS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Check Point (CHKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded at ISI Group... Digital Realty (DLR) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... EQT Corporation (EQT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Education Realty (EDR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Invacare (IVC) upgraded at KeyBanc... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Logitech (LOGI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Lorillard (LO) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... NCR Corp. (NCR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Old National Bancorp (ONB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Plexus (PLXS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Potash (POT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Reliance Steel (RS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Swift Transport (SWFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Vulcan Materials (VMC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup.
08:35 EDTPOTPotash upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities
06:07 EDTAGUValueAct reports 5.7% activist stake in Agrium
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October 23, 2014
10:22 EDTMOSMosaic upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
06:08 EDTPOTPotash sees 'strong customer engagement' in Q4
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06:07 EDTPOTPotash sees 2014 EPS $1.75-$1.85 vs. previous $1.70-$1.90
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06:05 EDTPOTPotash reports Q3 EPS 38c, consensus 42c
Reports Q3 revenue $1.64B, consensus $1.53B. The company said, "Although potash and nitrogen performance improved over last year's third quarter, higher tax expenses and weaker contributions from offshore equity investments weighed on results." Potash said sales volumes continued to outpace prior-year levels, with total shipments of 2.0M tonnes for Q3 and 6.8M tonnes for the first nine months exceeding the comparative periods by 29% and 8%, respectively.
October 22, 2014
14:05 EDTPOTEarnings Preview: Potash sees Q3 earnings per share 35c-45c
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October 20, 2014
09:32 EDTMOSMosaic upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital
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08:58 EDTMOSPartnerRe to provide $100M financing for Mosaic's home solar loan program
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