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January 20, 2013
14:12 EDTAA, CMI, DD, CAT, MMM, SCHNChina's declining pool of workers may hamper its recovery, Bloomberg says
China's continued growth trajectory may be hampered by a shortage of workers and resources, says Bloomberg, adding that the country's leaders may have to accept an expansion rate of half the peak of the last decade. Reference Link
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March 17, 2015
14:35 EDTAAAlcoa to curtail 443,000 mtpy of alumina refining capacity at Suralco
Lightweight metals leader Alcoa announced that it plans to curtail 443,000 metric tons per year of alumina refining capacity at Suralco in Suriname. In addition, the company and the Government of Suriname have agreed to pursue a transaction for a Government-owned entity to acquire the Suralco operations. The curtailment and potential transaction are in line with Alcoa’s recent announcement to review upstream capacity for possible curtailment or divestiture and the company’s strategic goal to create a globally competitive commodity business. The curtailment, which represents one digester, is expected to be complete by April 30. Both parties now intend to pursue a transaction where a Government-owned entity would acquire Suralco, including the mining, refining and Afobaka hydroelectric operations. Following the appropriate due diligence, the parties are targeting to reach agreement on the proposed transaction by July 1. The company will work closely with unions and employees to reduce the impact of the curtailment on affected employees by offering fair severance packages. The Paranam refinery and related mining operations employ approximately 700 people, in addition to contracted personnel. The net financial impact associated with the curtailment is not expected to be material to the company’s earnings.
13:39 EDTDDDuPont breaks below its 50-day moving average, levels to watch
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11:31 EDTCATCaterpillar sees up year for North American construction
Sees some competitors in the construction segment becoming more price competitive.
11:10 EDTCATCaterpillar says balance sheet will allow M&A for potential targets
Says metrics are in "great shape." Says not afraid of doing a "multi-billion dollar" deal.
11:05 EDTCATCaterpillar seeing some activity in domestic infrastructure investment
Comments from Caterpillar at Bank of American Merrill Lynch Global Industrials Conference.
10:44 EDTCATCaterpillar reaffirms FY15 EPS ex-items about $4.75, consensus $4.74
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09:34 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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07:13 EDTMMMBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
Global Industrials & EU Autos Conference 2015 to be held in London, England on March 17-20.
07:08 EDTAAAlcoa weakness creates buying opportunity, says Stifel
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05:50 EDTDDStocks with implied volatility movement; DD NFLX
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March 16, 2015
16:00 EDTAAOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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14:24 EDTDDDuPont near session low, levels to watch
The shares were downgraded earlier at BofA/Merrill to Underperform, but the firm maintained its $76 price target. At the current price of $77.35 the stock is at the low of its price channel, but has not breached. Support below current price is at $75.52, the 50-day moving average. Resistance is at $78.08.
12:39 EDTSCHNSteels stocks lower after report of rising China exports, analyst note
Steel stocks are lower after a Wall Street Journal report on increasing Chinese steel exports and an analyst note that lowered price targets on the sector. WHAT'S NEW: A Wall Street Journal report from Sunday night pointed out that China's steel exports rose 63% to 9.2M tons in January from a year earlier. China produces as much steel as the rest of the world combined and as the country's growth slows it is shipping its excess steel overseas, resulting in lower prices and spurring steel producers around the globe to seek government protection. ANALYST VIEW: In a note to investors, Jefferies said steel fundamentals stayed challenging throughout the first quarter and the firm lowered its price targets on a number of names in the sector to account for its reduced estimates. Jefferies lowered its price target on U.S. Steel (X) to $21 from $26, cut its price target on Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) to $17 from $20, reduced its price target on Nucor (NUE) to $57 from $61, and trimmed its target on AK Steel (AKS) to $3.75 from $4.75. Jefferies noted that a majority of its contacts expect steel prices to trough sometime in the second quarter and the firm said it believes "mini-mill" producers like Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor are best positioned in the group. PRICE ACTION:In midday trading, United States Steel is down 1.24%, AK Steel is lower by 2%, Schnitzer Steel Industries is down 4.3%, Steel Dynamics is down 0.96%, and Nucor is up fractionally.
11:58 EDTDDDuPont retreats after Bank of America two notch downgrade to sell
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10:02 EDTDDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:31 EDTDDPeltz says open to discussing 'realistic settlement' with DuPont
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09:22 EDTDDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:11 EDTSCHNSteel seen as likely to bottom in Q2 after weak Q1, says Jefferies
Jefferies said steel fundamentals stayed challenging throughout Q1 and the firm lowered its price targets on a number of names in the sector to account for its reduced estimates. Jefferies lowered its price target on U.S. Steel to $21 from $26, cut its price target on Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) to $17 from $20, reduced its price target on Nucor (NUE) to $57 from $61 and trimmed its target on AK Steel to $3.75 from $4.75. Jefferies noted that a majority of it contacts expect steel prices to trough sometime in Q2 and the firm said it believes "mini-mill" producers like Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor are best positioned in the group.
07:38 EDTDDDuPont downgraded at BofA/Merrill
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06:44 EDTDDDuPont downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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