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February 19, 2013
18:10 EDTCFCF Industries expects farmers to continue planting large number of acres in 2013
CF Industries expects tight stocks-to-use ratios for corn, wheat and soybeans, underpinning the company's expectation of high crop prices and continue to provide economic incentives for farmers to plant a large number of acres and apply optimal amounts of plant nutrients. The high prices for corn and other coarse grains are supporting expectations that growers in North America, Europe, Ukraine and China will plant very large areas to grain, which should create robust global demand for plant nutrients, especially nitrogen, during 1H. A continuation of high prices for soybeans should lead to a large number of planted acres in South America again in 2013 and strong demand for phosphates in 1H in support of that region's fall fertilization needs. CF Industries projects that U.S. farmers will plant 97M acres of corn in 2013 with a forecasted yield of 160 bushels per acre, compared to actual 2012 of 97M acres and a yield of 123 bushels per acre. The North American nitrogen market is expected to be balanced-to-tight during 1H. Demand is expected to be robust due to the anticipated high number of corn acres to be planted. Midwest ammonia market conditions are expected to be tight-to-balanced during 1H. The North American UAN market is expected to be tight through the spring. Global UAN demand is benefiting from anticipated robust planting seasons in North America and Europe. CF Industries has hedged natural gas costs for approximately 90% of its anticipated nitrogen production needs through April 2013. The global phosphate market is currently weak but is expected to improve over the course of 1H. Capital expenditures in 2013 for the company's announced capacity expansion projects at Donaldsonville, Louisiana, and Port Neal, Iowa, are expected to be in the range of $1B to $1.3B. Capital expenditures for the company's existing facilities are expected to be approximately $450M.
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August 8, 2014
10:00 EDTCFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Activision Blizzard (ATVI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Allergan (AGN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Andersons (ANDE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Arista Networks (ANET) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Barrick Gold (ABX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Brinker (EAT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... CST Brands (CST) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Coca-Cola HBC (OCCH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Delek US (DK) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Glimcher Realty Trust (GRT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... NIC Inc. (EGOV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded at Needham... POZEN (POZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Ascendiant... Power Solutions (PSIX) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Primoris (PRIM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Sierra Bancorp (BSRR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Sonus Networks (SONS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Stone Energy (SGY) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Tornier (TRNX) upgraded at BMO Capital... Tyson Foods (TSN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... WGL Holdings (WGL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital.
09:27 EDTCFCF Industries upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl

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