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August 13, 2014
10:01 EDTSO, MOS, JDSU, CREE, TOUR, RGDO, MRIN, IPI, CGI, SRT, POT, KING, CEQP, CSREOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: CSR (CSRE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Celadon Group (CGI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Cree (CREE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... Crestwood Equity (CEQP) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Intrepid Potash (IPI) downgraded to Sell from Hold at BGC Financial... JDSU (JDSU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... King Digital (KING) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Marin Software (MRIN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Mosaic (MOS) downgraded to Sell from Hold at BGC Financial... Potash (POT) downgraded to Sell from Hold at BGC Financial... Regado Biosciences (RGDO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Southern Company (SO) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... StarTek (SRT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Tuniu (TOUR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse.
News For CSRE;CGI;CREE;CEQP;IPI;JDSU;KING;MRIN;MOS;POT;RGDO;SO;SRT;TOUR From The Last 14 Days
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December 17, 2014
12:10 EDTMOSMosaic acquisition of Archer Daniels fertilizer unit to spur growth in Brazil
The Mosaic Company (MOS) announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland's (ADM) fertilizer distribution business in Brazil and Paraguay for $350M. The assets purchased include $150M in working capital. The acquisition is expected to significantly accelerate Mosaic's growth plans in Brazil as well as replace a substantial amount of planned internal investment in that country. Mosaic's distribution capacity in the region is expected to increase from approximately four million tonnes per year to 6M tonnes. As a result of the acquisition, Mosaic intends to manage and report a new international distribution segment beginning in the first quarter of 2015.
09:33 EDTSOSouthern Company selects First Solar to expand solar development in Georgia
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December 16, 2014
07:33 EDTCREECharles & Colvard, Cree enter into new exclusive supply agreement
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December 15, 2014
12:26 EDTTOURTuniu requests withdrawal of registration statement
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05:38 EDTTOURTuniu announces $148M investment in aggregate from group of investors
Tuniu (TOUR) announced that it has entered into a share subscription agreement with Unicorn Riches Limited, a special purpose vehicle of Hony Capital, JD.com E-commerceHong Kong Corporation Limited, a special purpose vehicle of JD.com (JD), Ctrip Investment Holding, a subsidiary of Ctrip.com (CTRP) and the respective personal holding companies of Tuniu's CEO and COO, pursuant to which Tuniu will issue and sell a total of $148M newly issued class A ordinary shares to the investors. Pursuant to the agreement, Unicorn Riches Limited, JD.com E-commerce Hong Kong Corporation Limited, Ctrip Investment Holding and the personal holding companies of Dunde Yu, Tuniu's chairman of the board and CEO, and Haifeng Yan, Tuniu's director and COO, agree to subscribe newly issued Class A ordinary shares of the company in the amount of $50M, $50M, $15M, $16.5M and $16.5M, respectively. The purchase price will be $4.02 per ordinary share, or the equivalent of $12.06 per ADS. The purchase price represents the average closing trading prices of the company's ADSs for the ten trading days prior to the signing of the agreement, adjusted for ADS-to-ordinary share ratio, and represents a small premium over the average of ADS closing trading prices in the last five trading days. This share issuance is made in reliance on, and in compliance with, Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Each of the investors has agreed not to sell, transfer or dispose of any shares acquired in the transaction for six months after the closing. In addition, the company also announced that it has decided not to pursue its proposed registered public offering of ADSs and will withdraw the related registration statement on Form F-1 previously filed with the SEC on December 2.
December 12, 2014
12:36 EDTJDSUSandell Asset comments on JDSU voting results
Sandell Asset Management issued the following statement after the release of final voting results from the JDS Uniphase 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders: “Sandell is encouraged by the support it received from JDSU stockholders, who together voted approximately 57.9 million shares 'AGAINST' current Director Martin Kaplan, or more than 34% of the shares voting at the Annual Meeting. Furthermore, Mr. Kaplan was elected with only 47% of total outstanding shares voting in his favor; approximately 35.4 million shares either voted to abstain or were broker non-votes. The fact that Sandell was able to generate such strong support without actively soliciting proxies from stockholders speaks in our view to the profound frustration of the investor base to the entrenchment actions taken by this company’s Board of Directors and its refusal to conduct a more fulsome process to unlock stockholder value. Sandell has appreciated its dialogue with the stockholders of JDSU, including conversations with some of the company’s largest institutional stockholders. Based on this dialogue, we feel that we have significantly heightened the awareness among stockholders of the company’s troubling governance practices, as well as focused the investor base’s fervent desire to see additional value delivered to the stockholders, who are the true owners of the company. Notably, calls for consolidation in the optical components industry are only growing louder, in our view reinforcing the need to conduct a formal sale process for the CCOP business. The formal communication of this sale process is paramount, as we believe most legitimate strategic acquirers will not dedicate the time and effort required to conduct due diligence and compose a credible offer for CCOP without the express consent from the company and the opening of a comprehensive data room. The fact that leading proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholders Services noted how the actions of the company served to frustrate the exercise of shareholder rights, coupled with the resulting media attention criticizing the troubling steps that the Board had taken to impinge upon the shareholder franchise, should not go unheeded by the Board of Directors. Furthermore, we remind stockholders that the entire Board is up for election next year. These voting results should serve as a wake-up call to the Board of Directors that the stockholders will not sit idly by and allow their rights to be usurped, nor will stockholders allow the significant value associated with the company’s unique collection of assets to remain obstructed.”
December 11, 2014
08:16 EDTIPI, POT, MOSBHP sees potash as focus for growth in China, WSJ reports
Mining giant BHP Billiton said it is focusing on potash as an area of strategic growth in China, with Mike Henry, a president for BHP saying potash "can be our fifth pillar,” adding to the four key markets of iron ore, oil and natural gas, copper and coal that the company had identified previously, reported The Wall Street Journal. Other publicly traded companies in the potash space include Agrium (AGU), Intrepid Potash (IPI), Mosaic (MOS), Potash (POT). Reference Link
December 10, 2014
12:04 EDTMOS, IPI, POTUSDA lowers 2014/15 soybean ending stock forecast
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11:33 EDTCGIBudget deal would roll back restrictions on truck driver hours, Bloomberg says
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09:36 EDTPOTActive equity options trading
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07:56 EDTPOT, MOSUBS to hold a conference
Agriculture Investor Day is being held in Chicago on December 10.
05:35 EDTTOURTuniu, Ctrip.com sign strategic collaboration agreement
Tuniu (TOUR) announced that the company has signed a strategic agreement with Ctrip.com (CTRIP) to expand their collaboration on shared travel resources. In May, Ctrip acquired $15M of Tuniu Class A ordinary shares concurrent with Tuniu's IPO and currently owns over 3% of Tuniu's outstanding shares.
05:32 EDTTOURTuniu, DFS Group announce collaboration
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December 9, 2014
14:57 EDTJDSUTelecom equipment stocks rally after Verizon CFO comments on wireless CapEx
Telecom equipment stocks, which opened lower, rallied after Verizon (VZ) CFO Fran Shammo said he sees wireless CapEx continuing to trend upward. Shammo, speaking at the UBS 42nd Annual Global Media And Communications Conference, said, "The day we start to cut wireless CapEx is the day we start to wonder where the future of this industry is going." Ciena (CIEN), JDSU (JDSU), and Finisar (FNSR) all reversed earlier losses. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Ciena is up 1.5%, JDS Uniphase is up 3.8%, and Finisar is up 4.5%. Verizon, which was downgraded this morning to Neutral from Buy by RW Baird, is trading down almost 5%.
December 8, 2014
18:02 EDTSOWashington Gas Energy Systems to evaluate battery storage system in Georgia
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December 5, 2014
10:00 EDTPOTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:11 EDTPOTPotash upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded Potash to Overweight citing improving industry fundamentals and the company's decreasing investment spending. The firm raised its price target for shares to $40 from $34. Shares of Potash closed yesterday down 23c to $34.93.

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