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January 30, 2013
11:16 EDTAGUAgrium settles potash claim
Agrium announced that it has tentatively settled all claims brought by a purported class of direct and indirect purchaser plaintiffs who alleged that Agrium's and other defendants' pricing of potash violated United States antitrust laws. The settlement is subject to court approval. Agrium and the other defendants deny all allegations of wrongdoing, liability, or damage to any of the plaintiffs or putative classes in the action, deny that they engaged in any violation of law or breach of duty, and believe they acted properly at all times. Agrium will pay a total of $10M to settle the claims and will thereby be released from any liability in connection with those claims.
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January 23, 2015
06:29 EDTAGUAgrium volatility flat on sharp rally
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January 22, 2015
15:17 EDTAGUAgrium downgraded to Hold from Buy at Standpoint Research
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07:38 EDTAGUAgrium raises target dividend payout ratio to 40%-50%, announce NCIB
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January 21, 2015
10:01 EDTAGUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:08 EDTAGUAgrium downgraded to Hold from Buy at Miller Tabak
January 20, 2015
08:26 EDTAGUAgrium preferred over Potash, Mosaic at Canaccord
Canaccord said they prefer Agrium (AGU) over both Potash (POT) and Mosaic (MOS). Mosaic raised its guidance due to its phosphate business, but with a lack of catalysts expected in the potash market in 2015 the firm continues to see solid growth volume, increasing nitrogen margins, and free cash flow expansion for Agrium. Canaccord maintains its Buy rating on Agrium and its Hold rating on both Mosaic and Potash shares.
January 19, 2015
16:28 EDTAGUMosaic raises Q4 EPS outlook to 83c-88c, consensus 57c
The Mosaic Company announced that it expects reported phosphates volume and phosphates and potash margins to exceed previously provided guidance ranges, and that potash volumes will be at the high end of guidance range, resulting in Q4 earnings per share in the range of 93c-98c, including 10c in net benefits from notable items. The notable items include early estimates of discrete tax benefits, primarily related to the acquisition of a Brazilian distribution business, which may change. The company expect earnings, excluding notable items, to be in the range of 83c-88c. The consensus EPS estimate is 57c..Mosaic stated, "Demand for potash and phosphates exceeded our expectations during the fourth quarter,. We were cautiously optimistic going into the fall application season with good crop nutrient affordability and an empty supply chain, but customers came to the market in force, as they sought to position inventory in anticipation of a strong spring season and increasing crop nutrient prices...Our Phosphates business sold 3.3 million tonnes of finished product during the quarter - well above our expectations - and our Potash business produced at a high operating rate due to a successful proving run at the Colonsay mine." Mosaic's peers include Potash (POT) and Agrium (AGU).

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