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March 12, 2014
07:18 EDTRNF, IPI, AGU, TSN, DD, BG, MON, SAFM, MOSGoldman to hold a conference
18th Annual Agribusiness Conference is being held in New York on March 12.
News For BG;AGU;MOS;DD;IPI;SAFM;TSN;RNF;MON From The Last 14 Days
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February 5, 2016
16:12 EDTTSNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. The monthly jobs report showed job growth had slowed more that expected in January, along with indicating higher than expected wage inflation due to the minimum wage increases around the country. Also weighing on the market were the worse than expected forecasts from some companies with previously high-flying stocks, including professional social network operator LinkedIn (LNKD). The Nasdaq was the biggest decliner losing more than 3% of its value, though the S&P and Dow also finished with significant losses. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., nonfarm payrolls rose 151,000 in January, versus expectations for an increase of 190,000. The unemployment rate fell to 4.9%, versus expectations for it to stay at 5.0%. Average hourly earnings climbed 0.5% month-over-month, versus the consensus forecast for them to rise 0.3%. The trade deficit widened 2.7% to $43.4B in December, as exports dipped 0.3% and imports rose 0.3%. Consumer credit surged $21.3B in December, topping the $16B increase that was expected. COMPANY NEWS: LinkedIn plunged 43.68% to $108.49 after the professional network reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results, but its 2016 guidance came in significantly below expectations. At least nine Wall Street research firms responded to the guidance miss by downgrading the stock. "Big Data" software provider Tableau (DATA) similarly issued full-year guidance significantly below expectations and also fell sharply, tumbling 49.57% to $41.27. A number of companies that sell software to businesses fell in the wake of their reports, including Splunk (SPLK), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), NetSuite (N), Salesforce (CRM) and Workday (WDAY). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were packaged foods maker Post Holdings (POST), which gained 11.14% to $63.83, and meat producer Tyson Foods (TSN), which advanced Among the noteworthy losers was Lionsgate (LGF), falling 27% to $18.57 after its third quarter revenue and earnings declined, which the company attributed to the performance of its theatrical film slate. Lionsgate's post-earnings pullback also weighed on Starz (STRZA), which fell 22.2%. Bloomberg reported earlier in the week, citing sources, that Lionsgate had restarted talks to possibly acquire Starz. Also lower following their earnings reports were shares of Redbox parent Outerwall (OUTR), which fell 17.28%, and Hanesbrands (HBI), which slid 15.1%. INDEXES: The Dow fell 211.75, or 1.29%, to 16,204.83, the Nasdaq lost 146.42, or 3.25%, to 4,363.14, and the S&P 500 declined 35.43, or 1.85%, to 1,880.02.
12:12 EDTTSNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the day lower and have seen little in the way of buying since the open. As the market digested the monthly jobs data and watched the price of oil turn negative, the selling that had taken a two day break was renewed. The Nasdaq is the biggest loser, falling over 2%, while the Dow is down about 1%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., nonfarm payrolls rose 151,000 in January, versus expectations for an increase of 190,000. The unemployment rate fell to 4.9%, versus expectations for it to stay at 5.0%. Average hourly earnings climbed 0.5% month-over-month, versus the consensus forecast for them to rise 0.3%. The trade deficit widened 2.7% to $43.4B in December, as exports dipped 0.3% and imports rose 0.3%. A report on Consumer Credit growth in December is due out at 3 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of LinkedIn (LNKD) plunged 40% after the professional network reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results, but its 2016 guidance came in significantly below expectations. At least nine Wall Street research firms responded to the guidance miss by downgrading the stock... Also tumbling in the wake of its quarterly report was "Big Data" software provider Tableau (DATA), which fell 47% after its full-year guidance came in significantly below expectations. Tableau blamed its guidance miss on weaker IT spending trends, as well as competition, and a number of other companies that sell software to businesses also fell following its report, including peer Splunk (SPLK), NetSuite (N), Salesforce (CRM) and Workday (WDAY). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cempra (CEMP), which gained about 5% after it said that its solithromycin drug met primary and secondary objectives in its Phase 3 study. Also higher were Tyson Foods (TSN) and Post Holdings (POST), which gained 10% and 11.5%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Vertex (VRTX), which fell 5% after the FDA said that it cannot currently approve a label expansion for Kalydeco in children with residual function mutations. Also lower were Lion's Gate (LGF), YRC Worldwide (YRCW), and Redbox-parent Outerwall (OUTR), which were down 33%, 30%, and 17%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 171.21, or 1.04%, to 16,245.37, the Nasdaq was down 110.39, or 2.45%, to 4,399.17, and the S&P 500 was down 27.10, or 1.41%, to 1,888.35.
11:51 EDTSAFM, TSNTyson Foods soars to 52-week high after raising FY16 profit outlook
Shares of Tyson Foods (TSN) are rallying after the company's first quarter earnings per share topped analysts' consensus estimates. The company also raised its profit outlook for fiscal year 2016. WHAT'S NEW: Prior to the market open this morning, Tyson Foods reported Q1 adjusted EPS of $1.15, easily topping analyst's consensus estimates of 89c. However, the company's Q1 revenue of $9.15B missed analysts' estimates of $10.07B, and the company noted that average sales prices decreased in the quarter due in part to higher domestic availability of fed cattle and live hog supplies. Tyson also noted that feed costs declined $60M during Q1. Additionally, the company also raised its share repurchase authorization by 50M shares. GUIDANCE: Looking ahead to FY16, Tyson Foods raised its EPS view to $3.85-$3.95, ahead of analysts' consensus estimates of $3.63. The company's sales view for FY16 was lowered to approximately $37B from its previous estimate of $41B, below analysts' estimates of $39.83B. The company cited declines in beef, pork and feed prices. Tyson Foods sees domestic protein production for the fiscal year up 2%-3% and believes the chicken segment's operating margin will improve to 11% in 2016, up from its previous 10% outlook. Tyson also sees lower future feed costs in FY16 compared to FY15 of approximately $200M based on current futures prices. Further, Tyson sees its beef segment's operating margin "at or above" the low end of its normalized range of 1.5-3% for FY16 and its pork segment's operating margin above its normalized 6%-8% range, up from its previous estimate of within the range. The company also sees synergies of over $500M in FY16 from its acquisition of Hillshire Brands and sees FY16 capital expenditures of $900M. EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY: On the company's earnings conference call, Donnie Smith, the company's chief executive officer, said he believes that "the worst is over" in terms of the cattle supply. While he believes beef will still be expensive to consumers, he noted that customers are spending more at the grocery store. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Tyson Foods rose $5.16, or about 10%, to $57.13 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock made a fresh 52-week high of $58.94. Including the advance, the stock is up approximately 43% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other food producers include Hormel Foods (HRL), Sanderson Farms (SAFM) and Pilgrim's Pride (PPC).
09:19 EDTTSNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Tyson Foods (TSN), up 6.9%... Symantec (SYMC), up 9.1%... Ubiquiti (UBNT), up 20.2%... Lumentum (LITE), up 7.5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tableau Software (DATA), down 42.8%... LinkedIn (LNKD), down 35.6%... Outerwall (OUTR), down 19.9%... Sierra Wireless (SWIR), down 24.4%... Deckers Outdoor (DECK), down 12.7%... Hanesbrands (HBI), down 13.3%. ALSO LOWER: LinnCo (LNCO), down 65% after announcing exploration of strategic alternatives... Linn Energy (LINE), down 59.2% after announcing exploration of strategic alternatives... Quotient (QTNT), down 17.9% after 4.44M share Secondary priced at $9.00... Hess (HES), down 10.2% after 25M share Spot Secondary priced at $39.00.
09:10 EDTTSNTyson Foods says overall grocery trips down, but customers spending more
09:08 EDTTSNTyson Foods expects beef to still be expensive to consumers
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09:06 EDTTSNTyson Foods expects continued savings in raw materials, synergy capture in FY16
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08:54 EDTTSNTyson Foods rallies sharply after earnings beat
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07:38 EDTTSNTyson Foods sees FY16 domestic protein production up 2%-3%
Tyson said: "In fiscal 2016, we expect domestic protein production, chicken, beef, pork and turkey, to increase approximately 2-3% from fiscal 2015 levels and moderate export growth. As a result, increased domestic availability could pressure protein pricing. As we proceed with the integration of Hillshire Brands, we expect to realize incremental synergies in excess of $200M above the amount of synergies realized in fiscal 2015. In total, we expect synergies of more than $500M in fiscal 2016 and more than $700M in fiscal 2017 from the acquisition as well as our profit improvement plan for our legacy Prepared Foods business. The majority of these benefits will be realized in our Prepared Foods segment." The company expects capital expenditures to approximate $900M for fiscal 2016.
07:36 EDTTSNTyson Foods increases shares repurchase authorization by 50M shares
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07:34 EDTTSNTyson Foods raises FY16 EPS view to $3.85-$3.95, consensus $3.63
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07:31 EDTTSNTyson Foods reports Q1 adjusted EPS $1.15, consensus 89c
Reports Q1 revenue $9.15B, consensus $10.07B.
06:23 EDTDD20 companies make alliance to keep down healthcare costs, WSJ says
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February 4, 2016
14:35 EDTTSNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Estee Lauder (EL), consensus $1.11... CME Group (CME), consensus 90c... Tyson Foods (TSN), consensus 89c... Weyerhaeuser (WY), consensus 24c.
13:56 EDTTSNTyson Foods volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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February 3, 2016
16:45 EDTMOSMosaic curtails phosphate production
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08:06 EDTMONMonsanto announces commercial launch plans for Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans
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February 2, 2016
16:23 EDTDDOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the entire session. The early weakness was attributed to oil prices, which were down early and never recovered during the day. The losses of more than 5% brings the loss over the past two days to more than 10%, pushing WTI crude back below $30 a barrel and squashing equities in the process. Any hope that oil prices would de-couple from stock prices will have to wait another day as the two continue to move in lockstep with each other. Even a solid earnings report from tech bellwether Alphabet (GOOG) could not help the market. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was quiet. In Europe, statistics agency Eurostat reported that unemployment across the eurozone decreased by 49,000 to a total of 16.75M in December dropping the unemployment rate to its lowest since September 2011 at 10.4%. In central bank news, the Reserve Bank of Australia and Reserve Bank of India both held their benchmark interest rates steady, as expected. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Alphabet (GOOGL) advanced 1.3% to $780.91 after its better than expected quarterly results were followed by analysts around Wall Street hiking their price targets for shares, including Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Sandler, who raised his target on the parent of Google to $1,080 from $900... Exxon Mobil (XOM) reported better than expected revenue and profits in the fourth quarter, but its shares slid 2.2% to $74.61 amid the renewed weakness in oil prices. Shares of fellow oil major BP (BP) plunged 8.5% to $29.02 in New York trading after reporting a steep quarterly loss, largely due to $2.6B in charges related to impairments of Upstream assets as well as restructuring... Ford (F) shares fell 4.6% after the company reporting that its U.S. sales declined 3% last month versus a year ago. Peer General Motors (GM) slid 1.5% after reporting that its U.S. sales grew 0.5% in January... Dow Chemical (DOW) jumped 5.75% to $45.03 after posting better than expected earnings and revenue. Of note, Dow CEO Andrew Liveris said he plans to transition out of the company when it completes its planned merger with DuPont (DD). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Michael Kors (KORS) and Mattel (MAT), which rose nearly 24% and almost 14%, respectively, following their earnings reports. Also higher was Pacific Biosciences (PACB), which jumped 24% to $12.67 after Reuters said Roche (RHHBY) has recently approached the company to discuss a potential acquisition. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings were Integrated Device (IDTI), which fell 26.8%, ADT (ADT), which dropped 15.7%, and Royal Caribbean (RCL), which declined 15.2%. INDEXES: The Dow fell 295.64, or 1.8%, to 16,153.54, the Nasdaq lost 103.42, or 2.24%, to 4,516.95, and the S&P 500 declined 36.35, or 1.87%, to 1,903.03.
12:15 EDTTSNTyson Foods closes some pork and beef plants due to blizzard, Reuters reports
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January 31, 2016
11:39 EDTDDS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, 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 S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. 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 surprising 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: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. 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... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... 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... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
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