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February 26, 2014
04:55 EDTAXLL, AXLL, AXLL, VAL, VAL, VAL, PPG, PPG, PPG, MEOH, MEOH, MEOH, LYB, LYB, LYB, HUN, HUN, HUN, EMN, EMN, EMN, DOW, DOW, DOW, CHMT, CHMT, CHMT, CE, CE, CE, WLK, WLK, WLKAlembic Global Advisors to hold a conference
4th Annual Global Chemicals Conference is being held in Deer Valley, Utah on February 26-28.
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January 29, 2016
17:12 EDTAXLL, WLKOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks began the session in positive territory and remained there throughout the day. The early strength was attributed to the surprise cut in interest rates by the Bank of Japan that put the country in a negative interest rate scenario. The market gained strength throughout the day and put in gains of almost 2.5% in what was a broad based advance for the major averages. January closed out with two winning weeks, but the month was still a very bad one for stocks, as the S&P lost over 5% even after today's strong showing. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The Chicago PMI business barometer bounced to 55.6 in January, topping forecasts for a 45.3 reading. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast. In a surprise move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined 7.6% to $587 after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings after last night's closing bell, gained 5.8% to $55.09... Confirming a news report that broke late in the day yesterday, Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Axiall (AXLL), which jumped 83% to $17.94 after it came to light that the company received, and rejected, an unsolicited proposal from Westlake Chemical (WLK) offering to acquire the company for $20 per share in cash and stock. Also higher were Visa (V) and Mastercard (MA), which gained 7% and 6.4%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the notable losers was Gilead (GILD), which fell 5.5% to $82.70 after rival Merck (MRK) received FDA approval for its own hepatitis C drug. Also potentially weighing on Gilead shares was the fact that competitor AbbVie (ABBV) announced financial results for the fourth quarter, including sales of Viekira Pak, its own hep C treatment, that fell short of estimates. AbbVie fell 2.3% to $54.58 following its quarterly report. INDEXES: The Dow rose 396.66, or 2.47%, to 16,466.30, the Nasdaq gained 107.28, or 2.38%, to 4,613.95, and the S&P 500 added 46.88, or 2.48%, to 1,940.24.
14:07 EDTDOWDow Chemical volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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13:26 EDTWLK, AXLLAxiall rejects unsolicited proposal from Westlake Chemical
Axiall (AXLL) confirmed that it has rejected an unsolicited and conditional proposal from Westlake Chemical (WLK) to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Axiall for a consideration of $20.00 per share in the form of $11.00 in cash and 0.1967 shares of Westlake stock. Axiall noted that Westlake's proposal was delivered to the company on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, four days before Westlake's decision to publicly release the proposal. The Axiall Board of Directors, with the assistance of its financial and legal advisors, reviewed, considered and unanimously rejected the proposal within the timeframe requested by Westlake. "We believe that Westlake's proposal is an opportunistic attempt to take advantage of challenging public equity market conditions and significantly undervalues Axiall's assets and its long-term prospects," commented Timothy Mann, president and CEO. "The price of Axiall stock was at $20.18 as recently as Dec. 1, 2015. We remain committed to achieving our $100 million run rate cost reduction and productivity target by the end of 2016, as well as our investment in the LACC ethane cracker project with our joint venture partner Lotte Chemical. In addition, we are continuing to evaluate our entire portfolio of businesses and assets to identify opportunities to enhance shareholder value, including our sales process for the Building Products business."
13:25 EDTWLK, AXLLAxiall rejects unsolicited proposal from Westlake Chemical
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13:02 EDTAXLLAxiall trading halted, pending news
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12:50 EDTMEOHOptions with increasing put volume
Options with increasing put volume: MNST STLD LC LPX DRII MEOH STMP VMW XRX XLP
12:12 EDTWLK, AXLLLargest Axiall holder wants negotiation with Westlake, Bloomberg says
Axiall's (AXLL) largest shareholder, Shapiro Capital Management, wants the company to negotiate with Westlake Chemical (WLK) and views Westlake's $20 per share offer as too low, Bloomberg reports, citing an interview with the fund's Chairman Sam Shapiro.
11:47 EDTWLK, AXLLAxiall downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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11:32 EDTMEOHMethanex downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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09:21 EDTAXLLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Gigamon (GIMO), up 17.7%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 10%... Flextronics (FLEX), up 10%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 5.7%... Seagate Technology (STX), up 4.9%.. Microsoft (MSFT), up 4.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO), up 8.1% after CEO says Zika vaccine could enter human testing this year... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 2.1% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... BRF S.A. (BRFS), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Axiall (AXLL), up 83.4% after rejecting $20 per share acquisition proposal from Westlake Chemical (WLK)... Energous (WATT), up 12% after Bloomberg reported that Apple (AAPL) is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: (AMZN), down 10.1%... Electronic Arts (EA), down 6.2%... AbbVie (ABBV), down 4%... American Airlines (AAL), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Gilead Sciences (GILD), down 5.5% after CEO John Martin to assume role of executive chairman and COO John Milligan will be promoted to CEO.
08:21 EDTWLK, AXLLWestlake Chemical says Axiall rejects $20 per share proposal
In a letter to the board of Axiall, Westlake Chemical disclosed that it proposed to acquire Axiall for $20 per share in cash and stock. In the letter, Westlake commented, "Less than three days after we provided our written proposal, your management informed us that you remain committed to the continued implementation of your current standalone strategic plan. The market reaction to your plan does not suggest investors believe it will deliver anywhere near the value and upside of our proposal. In this challenging environment, we believe your unwillingness to even discuss our compelling proposal exposes your shareholders to significant risk and uncertainty. The combination of Westlake and Axiall would create a more efficient, diversified and competitive company, far better positioned to succeed and grow in this challenging environment. With Westlake's Olefins business and a combined Westlake/Axiall Vinyls business, there would be an immediate opportunity to backward integrate into the ethylene market. The combined company would also benefit from Westlake's European vinyls business, which is a global leader in vinyl technology and specialty PVC resins. The combined company would also have a stronger financial profile than Axiall, providing it with significant financial and operational flexibility, a greater ability to serve its customers, and improved ability to capitalize on future investment opportunities. Based on our proposed consideration mix and strong track record, we believe that the combined company will maintain an investment grade credit rating."
08:17 EDTWLK, AXLLWestlake Chemical discloses proposal to acquire Axiall for $20 per share
Westlake Chemical (WLK) announced that it has submitted a proposal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Axiall (AXLL) for $20.00 per share, comprised of $11.00 in cash and 0.1967 of a Westlake share. The proposal, which has been summarily rejected by the Axiall Board, represented a significant premium of 108% to Axiall's closing price of $9.60 on January 22, 2016. The total value of the proposed transaction is approximately $2.9 billion, including the assumption of certain Axiall liabilities, which include approximately $1.5 billion of debt outstanding as of September 30, 2015. Westlake CEO Albert Chao commented, "We are surprised and disappointed by Axiall's summary rejection of our proposal, which provides Axiall shareholders with a significant premium and upside potential via their participation in the increased scale and synergies of the combined company. The combined company would be more diversified and have a stronger financial profile than Axiall, providing it with significant financial and operational flexibility, a greater ability to serve its customers, and improved ability to capitalize on future investment opportunities."
08:16 EDTWLK, AXLLWestlake Chemical discloses proposal to acquire Axiall for $20 per share
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January 28, 2016
16:56 EDTEMNEastman Chemical says targeting 2016 EPS that approach 2015 levels
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16:54 EDTEMNEastman Chemical reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.59, consensus $1.55
Reports Q4 revenue $2.23B, consensus $2.41B.
05:12 EDTMEOHMethanex reports Q4 adjusted EPS 16c, consensus 18c
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January 26, 2016
11:25 EDTEMNIridian Asset reports 5.8% passive stake in Eastman Chemical
07:48 EDTDOWDuPont repeats call for Dow Chemical merger to close in second half of 2016
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January 25, 2016
18:02 EDTCECelanese increases ethyl acetate price to EUR60 per metric ton
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07:19 EDTPPGPPG Industries reported solid Q4 results, says SunTrust
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