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March 5, 2013
07:31 EDTLPX, ECL, ATR, IP, CRS, ASH, FMC, CCK, ALBLongbow to host a conference
7th Annual Basic Material Conference is being held in New York on March 5.
News For ALB;ASH;ATR;CCK;CRS;ECL;FMC;IP;LPX From The Last 14 Days
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January 29, 2015
10:16 EDTALBAlbemarle says to pursue strategic alternatives for non-core businesses
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08:11 EDTASHAshland enters in to about $270M share repurchase agreements
Ashland announced that it has entered into uncollared accelerated share repurchase, or ASR, agreements with each of Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan Chase Bank, to repurchase an aggregate of approximately $270M of Ashland's common stock. These agreements are part of Ashland's previously announced $1.35B share repurchase program. Under the ASR agreements, Ashland has agreed to repurchase an aggregate of approximately $270M of its common stock from Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan, with immediate delivery of an aggregate of approximately 1.9M shares expected.
January 28, 2015
17:21 EDTALBAlbemarle reports Q4 adjusted EPS 99c, consensus $1.03
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14:03 EDTCRSCarpenter Technology downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
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09:34 EDTIPInternational Paper says continuing to evaluate MLP structure
International Paper management said on the company's Q4 earning conference call that they are continuing to evaluate whether the MLP structure is the best vehicle to create value for IP and its shareholders. The company continues to be interested in the opportunity, noting that it is a complicated one though they have not seen anything that "would say we need to shut down the analysis or that it's a no go." Since its last call, International Paper has filed a request with the IRS to get a private letter ruling, though it "remains a little unclear on how that might proceed," the company added. The company is evaluating the MLP opportunity because it "has the potential to be part of our value creation strategy," IP noted.
09:22 EDTLPXCitadel Advisors reports 5.1% passive stake in Louisiana-Pacific
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07:33 EDTCRSCarpenter Technology sese positive free cash flow in 2H15
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07:32 EDTCRSCarpenter Technology reports Q2 EPS ex-items 48c, consensus 54c
Reports Q2 revenue $548.4M, consensus $564.84M.
07:04 EDTIPInternational Paper reports Q4 Industrial Packaging operating profit $484M
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07:03 EDTIPInternational Paper reports Q4 operating EPS 53c, consensus 53c
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January 27, 2015
15:35 EDTIPNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:21 EDTCCKJPMorgan reports 5.8% passive stake in Crown Holdings
06:21 EDTIPGraphic Packaging, Packaging Corp. could be targets, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes the merger between Rock-Tenn (RKT) and MeadWestvaco (MWV) makes sense and that the combined company has 16% upside potential from current levels. Citi believes the $300M synergy target could prove conservative and raised its price target for Rock-Tenn shares to $77 from $72. It thinks smaller players in the Paper & Forest products space, Graphic Packaging (GPK) and Packaging Corp. (PKG), could be potential takeover targets either for an acquirer or for a merger following the Rock-Tenn/MeadWestvaco deal. Citi views International Paper (IP) as a potential acquirer.
January 26, 2015
18:28 EDTASHOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:08 EDTASHAshland reports preliminary Q1 revenue down 3% y/y, consensus $1.44B
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17:03 EDTASHAshland reports preliminary Q1 adjusted EPS $1.46, consensus $1.41
Reports preliminary Q1 adjusted EBITDA up 11% to $262M.
15:30 EDTASHNotable companies reporting after market close
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January 23, 2015
08:19 EDTLPX, IPBofA/Merrill paper/forest products analyst hold analyst/industry conference call
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January 20, 2015
07:52 EDTALBAlbemarle announces new organizational structure and senior leadership team
Albemarle announced that as a result of the completion of its acquisition of Rockwood Holdings, it will realign its global business units, effective by the end of the Q1. The new structure aligns the company's strategic assets and businesses to be market focused. The new Albemarle structure will consist of three global business units, or GBUs: Chemetall Surface Treatment, Refining Solutions and Performance Chemicals. Consistent with the new organizational structure, the company also announced its senior leadership team, all reporting to President and CEO Luke Kissam. Joris Merckx will serve as president, Chemetall Surface Treatment. Silvio Ghyoot will serve as president, Refining Solutions. Michael Wilson will serve as president, Performance Chemicals. Matt Juneau will serve as senior vice president, Corporate Strategy and Investor Relations. The leadership team changes will become effective with the realignment of the global business units before the end of the Q1. In the interim, business and investor questions should be routed to the current contact.
05:51 EDTCCKU.S. Paper & Packaging sector raiseed to Positive at Barclays
Barclays upgraded the U.S. Paper & Packaging sector to Positive from Neutral saying stocks in the space offer investors an attractive alternative in 2015 due to improving demand and input cost reductions. The firm calls Containerboard its preferred subsector, and recommends a long position in Crown Holdings (CCK) versus Ball Corp. (BLL). The firm downgraded the latter to Equal Weight from Overweight. Barclays also upgraded to Overweight shares of Avery Dennison (AVY). It calls Berry Plastics (BERY) a top pick.
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