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News For DE;POT;MOS;CF;AGU From The Last 14 Days
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December 19, 2014
13:47 EDTDEDeere files automatic mixed securities shelf
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10:17 EDTPOTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aviva (AV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... BioDelivery Sciences (BDSI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded at SunTrust... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... EPR Properties (EPR) upgraded to Hold from Underweight at KeyBanc... Ensco (ESV) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... First Marblehead (FMD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... GOL Linhas (GOL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Medical Properties Trust (MPW) upgraded to Hold from Underweight at KeyBanc... NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... NewStar Financial (NEWS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Orange SA (ORAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Parker Drilling (PKD) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Potash (POT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Teekay Tankers (TNK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tidewater (TDW) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Unum Group (UNM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... WPP PLC (WPPGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Tudor Pickering.
09:44 EDTMOS, POT, AGU, CFOTR Global upgrades Nitrogen and Potash/Phosphate
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06:36 EDTDEObama administration to ease many parts of Cuba embargo, NY Times says
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05:46 EDTPOTPotash upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS upgraded Potash Corporation to Buy saying the company's new Rocanville and Picadilly operations will reduce production costs and improve free cash flow. UBS believes the current dividend yield of around 4% provides downside protection. It raised its price target for Potash shares to $48 from $38. The stock closed yesterday up 2c to $35.27.
December 18, 2014
12:03 EDTDEDeere to sell crop insurance business to Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company
Deere & Company announced it has reached a definitive agreement to sell its crop insurance business, subject to regulatory approval, to Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa , headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa. The action is a result of Deere's previously announced review of strategic options for the crop insurance business. The agreement will result in Deere selling both John Deere Insurance Company and John Deere Risk Protection, Inc., which together made up the crop insurance business unit of John Deere Financial. Closing is expected in the first quarter of the 2015 calendar year.
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.
December 11, 2014
08:16 EDTPOT, MOS, AGUBHP 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
20:02 EDTDEDeere reports November U.S./Canada utility tractor sales down 'a single digit'
Deere reports its U.S./Canada utility tractor sales were down "a single digit," while the industry rose 8% in November. Deere reports its U.S./Canada row-crop tractor retail sales were down more than the industry, which was down 29% in the month. Deere's U.S./Canada 4WD tractor retail sales were down more than the industry, which was down 45% in the month. In November, Deere's U.S./Canada combines retail sales were down double digits, but less than the industry, which was down 50%. Information from Deere's retail sales comment for November posted to company's investor relations website. Reference Link
13:53 EDTDEUSDA data still negative for Ag equipment makers, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo estimates USDA data for December indicates row crop cash flow will drop 21% from the prior year, which is consistent with November and still negative for farm equipment demand. The firm keeps its negative view on demand trends for farm equipment makers Deere (DE) and AGCO (AGCO). The firm maintains its Underperform rating on AGCO and Market Perform rating on Deere.
12:04 EDTMOS, CF, AGU, POTUSDA lowers 2014/15 soybean ending stock forecast
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09:36 EDTPOTActive equity options trading
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07:56 EDTPOT, MOS, AGUUBS to hold a conference
Agriculture Investor Day is being held in Chicago on December 10.

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