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March 31, 2014
11:24 EDTPPC, SAFM, CALMCal-Maine Foods hits 52-week high after quarter tops estimates
Shares of egg producer Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) are rallying after the company's third quarter results topped expectations. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Cal-Maine Foods reported third quarter earnings per share of $1.77 and revenue of $395.5M, compared to expectations of $1.41 and $360.4M, respectively. The company reported Q3 specialty eggs sales increased 9% and that specialty eggs accounted for 17.4% of dozen eggs sold. Cal-Maine CEO Dolph Baker said the company's higher sales reflect both improved volumes through the holiday season and higher average selling prices compared with the third quarter of last year, noting that the egg products segment of the industry has continued to experience strong demand due to the introduction of breakfast items at many quick serve restaurants, as well as increased exports. "We believe the performance of specialty eggs will continue to be a key driver of our growth as we capitalize on favorable consumer demand trends. We remain focused on identifying additional opportunities to market and sell specialty eggs and enhance our product mix, Baker added. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Cal-Maine Foods rose $4.19, or 7.3%, to $61.70 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $62.21. The stock is up approximately 45% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the chicken products space include Sanderson Farms (SAFM) and Pilgrim's Pride (PPC).
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July 29, 2015
17:03 EDTPPCPilgrim's Pride announces new $150M share repurchase program
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17:02 EDTPPCPilgrim's Pride reports Q2 EPS 94c, consensus 89c
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July 20, 2015
12:08 EDTCALMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday in the first trading day of a week that will be light on domestic economic data but heavy on earnings reports. Investors will be receiving profit reports from about 25% of the companies on the S&P 500 this week, making this the highest volume earnings week of this season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major data was released. In Europe, Greece reopened its banks three weeks after closing as the country worked out another bailout agreement. The country announced it has started the process of paying off its creditors, including the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, with a bridge loan it just received. COMPANY NEWS: Lockheed Martin (LMT) agreed to buy the Sikorsky Aircraft business from United Technologies (UTX) for $9B, noting the price is "effectively reduced" to $7.1B after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. Shares of Lockheed, which also reported better than expected second quarter results and increased its fiscal year guidance, gained nearly 2% after the Sikorsky announcement and saying it will conduct a strategic review of its government IT infrastructure services business and technical services business... Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) shares were little changed near noon after the bank reported earnings and revenue, excluding certain adjustments, that topped analysts' consensus forecasts... SunEdison (SUNE) announced a deal to acquire Vivint Solar (VSLR) for approximately $2.2B, payable in a combination of cash, shares of SunEdison common stock and SunEdison convertible notes. In connection with the proposed acquisition of Vivint Solar, SunEdison has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with a subsidiary of TerraForm Power (TERP) which, concurrently with the completion of SunEdison's acquisition of Vivint, will acquire Vivint Solar's rooftop solar portfolio, consisting of 523 MW expected to be installed by year-end 2015, for $922M in cash. Shares of Vivint rose 44% following the announcement, while SunEdison's stock gained 4% and TerraForm dropped 3%. Fellow residential solar installer SolarCity (SCTY), which is backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk, rose 7% following the deal in the space. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exelixis (EXEL), which rallied 43% after the company reported that a study of cabozantinib in metastatic renal cell carcinoma met its primary endpoint of significant improvement in progression-free survival. The shares were indicated to rise even more in early pre-market trading, but lost some of their gains after Bristol-Myers (BMY) announced that its Opdivo study was stopped early after showing superior overall survival in a Phase 3 study of previously treated patients with advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Bristol-Myers rose a bit less than 1% to trade near $70 per share after its own announcement. Also higher was PayPal (PYPL), which gained more than 5.5% in its first day of trading after being spun out of eBay (EBAY). Meanwhile, eBay shares rose over 2%. Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) dropped 8% after posting lower than expected sales and profits in its fourth quarter and warning that while it should have an adequate supply of its primary feed ingredients, the company expects that prices will be "volatile" in the year ahead. Also lower were shares of several gold miners, including Barrick Gold (ABX) and Newmont Mining (NEM), which each fell about 11%, as gold prices declined about 2% near midday. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 31.66, or 0.18%, to 18,118.11, the Nasdaq was up 9.81, or 0.19%, to 5,219.96, and the S&P 500 was up 2.82, or 0.13%, to 2,129.46.
09:34 EDTCALMCal-Maine Foods falls after results
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06:36 EDTCALMCal-Maine Foods expects 'adequate supply' of ingredients, but volatile prices
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06:34 EDTCALMCal-Maine Foods sold 1.06B dozen shell eggs in FY15, up 4.9% from prior year
Sales of specialty eggs accounted for 19.8% of total number of shell eggs sold and 27.2% of shell eggs revenue. Reports average feed costs for the year declined 10.9% due to an abundant supply of grain from the record harvest of corn and soybean crops last fall.
06:33 EDTCALMCal-Maine Foods reports Q4 EPS 95c, consensus $1.04
Reports Q4 revenue $403.01M, consensus $417.95M

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