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April 2, 2014
10:53 EDTAGU, POT, MOSAgrium 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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March 31, 2015
06:58 EDTMOSMosaic raises annual dividend to $1.10 per share from $1.00 per share
Mosaic announced that its board has approved an increase to the company's annual dividend to $1.10 from $1.00 per share effective with the next declaration, expected to be in May.
March 30, 2015
16:19 EDTMOSMosaic sees changes to CRT to increase 2015 pre-tax payments by $80M-$100M
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10:31 EDTPOT, AGU, MOSPotash says Canpotex reaches settlements with Chinese customers
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07:39 EDTPOT, MOS, AGURecord soy plantings seen weighing on prices, WSJ says
Analysts expect soybean acreage to rise 3% from last year to 85.9M acres and corn to fall 2% to 88.7M acres, according to a survey by The Wall Street Journal taken ahead of a U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast due Tuesday. Many are betting that further soy production increases will trigger steep declines in futures, the report noted. Publicly traded companies in the agriculture and fertilizers space include Agrium (AGU), Andersons (ANDE), Archer Daniels (ADM), Bunge (BG), CF Industries (CF), Compass Minerals (CMP), DuPont (DD), Intrepid Potash (IPI), Monsanto (MON), Mosaic (MOS), Potash (POT) and Syngenta (SYT). Reference Link
March 26, 2015
07:33 EDTMOSMosaic April weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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March 25, 2015
10:42 EDTMOSMosaic to host analyst day
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March 24, 2015
08:31 EDTMOS, POT, AGUCanpotex undercut by Belaruskali deal with China, FT reports
Belarus' state-owned fertilizer group, Belaruskali, has agreed to sell its potash to Chinese buyers at $315 a tonne for the first half of 2015, which is well below market prices which are currently about $330-$340 a tonne, said Financial Times, noting that Canpotex, the offshore marketing company jointly owned by Agrium (AGU), Mosaic (MOS), and Potash Corp. (POT), had been holding out for higher prices with the Chinese. Reference Link
March 23, 2015
09:34 EDTAGUAgrium initiated with a Buy at TD Securities
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