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December 5, 2012
10:04 EDTCPO, MOS, ADM, DE, MON, BG, CNH, ANDE, CF, IPI, SYT, DD, AGU, CMP, POTCongress making progress on farm bill, Politico says
There are signs that lawmakers are making "real progress" on passing a farm subsidies bill before the end of the year, according to Politico. A meeting of the top agricultural lawmakers in both houses seemed to bear some fruit, and price supports backed by Southern farmers are likely to be included in the bill, the website stated. Reference Link
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May 19, 2015
07:15 EDTMON, AGUGoldman Sachs to hold a conference
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07:13 EDTMOSBarclays to hold a conference
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05:32 EDTANDEAndersons to host conference call
Conference call to discuss agreement to acquire Kay Flo Industries' plant nutrient business will be held on May 19 at 4 pm. Webcast Link
May 18, 2015
16:03 EDTANDEAndersons purchases Kay Flo Industries plant nutrient business
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08:34 EDTDEDeere volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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May 17, 2015
19:06 EDTADMArcher Daniels acquires Meiweiyuan Biotechnology
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14:32 EDTSYT, MONSyngenta shares show promise even without Monsanto deal, Barron's says
Shares of Syngenta (SYT) could be "worth a bet" even if Monsanto's (MON) takeover efforts flounder, Barron's contends in its 'International Trader - Europe' column. Barron's notes that the company's cost reduction measures could yield $265M in savings this year, a figure which may jump to $1B by 2018. Reference Link
May 15, 2015
17:07 EDTDDTrian Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: PepsiCo (PEP), Mondelez (MDLZ), Bank of New York Mellon Group (BK), and Du Pont (DD). DECREASED STAKES: Family Dollar (FDO), and Ingersoll-Rand (IR). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Lazard (LAZ).
16:21 EDTDDStocks end week little changed as data, deals offset bond yield jumps
Stocks ended the week little changed as a number of M&A deals and a few relatively strong economic data points offset worries about rising bond yields. MACRO NEWS: U.S. weekly jobless claims came in better than expected and reached the lowest four-week average level in 15 years... In Europe, the combined GDP of the 19 eurozone countries grew 0.4% in the first quarter, which was a bit weaker than the 0.5% consensus growth forecast but a pickup from the 0.3% growth pace of the final quarter of last year. Of note, all four of the euro zone's largest economies recorded growth in the same quarter for the first time since the first half of 2010... The People's Bank of China reduced its one year interest rate by 0.25%, marking the third time in the last six months that the central bank has cut benchmark rates... Bond yields surged in many of the world's largest economies, raising worries about inflation and putting pressure on stocks in the beginning of the week. COMPANY NEWS: There was a significant amount of M&A activity again this week, with the headliner being Verizon's (VZ) deal to acquire AOL (AOL) for $50 per share in a transaction valued at $4.4B. Danaher (DHR) agreed to buy purification technologies supplier Pall Corporation (PLL) for $127.20 per share in cash. Danaher also announced that it plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies. Energy infrastructure company Williams (WMB) announced a simplification deal to buy its affiliate Williams Partners (WPZ) for $13.9B in an all-stock transaction. Energy exploration company Noble Energy (NBL) agreed to acquire Rosetta Resources (ROSE) in an all-stock deal. Noble is buying Rosetta for $2.1B in stock plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8B... Alibaba (BABA) acquired a 9.3% stake in Zulily (ZU), an e-commerce retailer geared toward women. A person familiar with the matter reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese e-commerce giant is not pursuing an outright acquisition of the U.S. company, however... Shares of Netflix (NFLX) jumped Friday and hit a new all-time high after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, about forming a partnership to bring its content to China... Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management lost its proxy fight with DuPont (DD) as Trian did not succeed in getting its nominees elected to the DuPont board. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.45% to 18,272.56, the Nasdaq gained 0.89% to 5,048.29, and the S&P 500 climbed 0.31% to 2,122.73.
16:08 EDTCFCF Industries declares five-for-one stock split
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13:01 EDTDEOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:12 EDTDEJPMorgan says sell Deere ahead of potential liquidity crunch for farmers
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10:01 EDTDEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTSYTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aspen Technology (AZPN) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Canadian National (CNI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Connecticut Water (CTWS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hanesbrands (HBI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Impala Platinum (IMPUY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Inovalon (INOV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... UPS (UPS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Yum! Brands (YUM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
09:40 EDTDEEquity options with increasing volume
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09:28 EDTDELongbow recommends avoiding Deere following global survey
Longbow's global agriculture survey shows that equipment demand has taken "another step down" in Q2 following a 27.1% decline in the Ag & Turf segment in Q1 amid commodity price weakness. The firm believes a recovery in commodity pricing is likely to be pushed out "several" planting cycles. It keeps its below consensus estimates for Deere and recommends not holding the stock. Longbow has an Underperform rating on the name with a $72 price target. Deere was downgraded this morning at JPMorgan to Underweight.
09:16 EDTCMPCompass Minerals announce three-year agreement with Goderich salt mine workers
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07:26 EDTMON, SYTBayer expecting crops and seeds industry consolidation, Reuters reports
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06:43 EDTDEDeere downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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05:32 EDTSYTSyngenta upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas
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