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November 19, 2012
12:39 EDTAGUAgrium committed to strategy; JANA attempts at gaining support likely to fail
In a statement, Agrium President and CEO Mike Wilson said:"The facts are straightforward. Agrium remains committed to its highly successful integrated strategy. JANA has been trying for over six months to obtain support for its idea that Agrium should spin off or sell its retail operations. Agrium's shareholders have overwhelmingly rejected JANA's ideas. As a result, we believe JANA's attempt to run its own slate for Agrium's Board is almost certain to fail."
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September 22, 2015
16:36 EDTAGUOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session sharply lower and remained that way throughout the session. There was little in the way of buying as each of the major equity indexes slid over 1% and the market internals were decidedly negative. The auto industry and biotech sector were both notably weak, after the French government called for an investigation into the entire auto industry in the wake of the Volkswagen (VLKAY) emissions scandal and Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton presented a plan to limit the cost of drugs for consumers. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.6% to 224.5 in July, which was better than the 0.4% rise that was expected. The Richmond Fed factory index fell to -5 in September, versus the reading of 2 that was expected. In Asia, the Asian Development Bank cut its growth forecast for the region, citing a weaker outlook for China and India and a delayed recovery in the world's advanced economies. The bank now sees the Chinese economy growing 6.8% this year and 6.7% next year, down from its previous forecasts of 7.2% and 7%, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) Chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was diagnosed with lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank... Bank of America (BAC) shareholders approved a proposal to ratify the 2014 amendments to the company's bylaws that permitted the board of directors to determine its leadership structure, meaning Brian Moynihan can retain his dual role as both Chairman and CEO... Shares of several fertilizer companies slid after Mosaic (MOS) announced it will reduce its potash production in response to current crop nutrient market conditions, primarily related to delayed fertilizer purchases in Brazil and North America. Shares of Mosaic finished the day down 7% at $33.87 following last night's announcement, while Potash (POT) fell 6.5% and Agrium (AGU) dropped 3.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ashland (ASH), which advanced $2.78, or 2.6%, to $108.50 after announcing it will proceed with a plan to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies. Also higher was Weatherford (WFT), which gained 90c, or 10.7%, to $9.31 after cancelling plans for a public share offering, after which research firms Jefferies and Iberia both reiterated Buy-equivalent ratings on the stock. Among the noteworthy losers were Office Depot (ODP) and Staples (SPLS), which declined a respective 4% and 5.8% after the New York Post quoted a source as saying the FTC may move to block their merger plan. Also lower was Groupon (GRPN), which slipped 2.2% to $4.08 after announcing plans to cut 1,100 jobs related primarily to its international operations. ConAgra (CAG), Carnival (CCL), and CarMax (KMX) fell 7%, 5.5%, and 4.65%, respectively, following their quarterly earnings reports. INDEXES: The Dow fell 179.72, or 1.09%, to 16,330.47, the Nasdaq lost 72.23, or 1.5%, to 4,756.72, and the S&P 500 dropped 24.23, or 1.23%, to 1,942.74.
11:41 EDTAGUFertilizer shares slide after Mosaic announces production cuts
Shares of fertilizer companies Potash (POT), Agrium (AGU) and Intrepid Potash (IPI) are sliding after peer Mosaic Company (MOS) announced it will reduce its potash production. WHAT'S NEW: Mosaic said in a press release yesterday that it will reduce its potash production in response to current crop nutrient market conditions, primarily related to delayed fertilizer purchases in Brazil and North America. The company added that since it announced guidance in August, domestic and international crop nutrient markets have softened. Currency volatility, lower grain and oilseed prices, political and economic uncertainty, as well as global equity market declines have adversely impacted market sentiment, according to Mosaic. Joc O'Rourke, Mosaic's chief executive officer, pointed out that the long-term positive outlook for crop nutrient demand is still intact, "but the industry faces some near-term challenges in the current environment." O'Rourke said the company will remain focused on looking for opportunities to create shareholder value which includes managing production levels to demand and controlling costs. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Mosaic noted that the reduced production is expected to impact per unit costs and segment margins. The company now sees third quarter phosphate volumes at the low end of the previously communicated range of 2.1M-2.4M tons, while the average DAP selling price is expected to be in the upper half of the company's previously provided range of $435-$455 per ton. The phosphates segment margin rate is expected to be in the low 20% range as previously guided, Mosaic said. Potash volumes are expected to be in the bottom half of the previously announced 1.6M-$2M ton range and the MOP average selling price is expected to be in the bottom half of the $260-$280 per ton range. As a result of these developments and lower operating rates, Mosaic now expects the potash segment gross margin rate to be in the high teens, compared to prior guidance of the low 20% range. ANALYST TAKE: In a note to investors this morning, Canaccord said it continues to prefer Agrium in the fertilizer space, citing its retail operations, its nitrogen sales to North America, volume growth in the wholesale business, free cash flow and valuation. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating on Agrium, but lowered its price target to $112 from $115. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Mosaic fell 7.16% to $33.83 in late morning trading. Industry peers are also lower, with Agrium down 5.34%, Potash dropping 7% and Intrepid Potash falling 5.39%.
07:49 EDTAGUAgrium preferred company in fertilizer space, says Canaccord
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September 21, 2015
08:46 EDTAGUBofa/Merrill agribusiness analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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