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January 29, 2014
12:04 EDTDOW, DD, ALBChemical makers Dow, Albemarle rise after reporting results
Shares of two chemical makers, Dow Chemical (DOW) and Albemarle (ALB), are advancing after both companies reported stronger than expected results. DOW RESULTS: Dow Chemical reported its fourth quarter profits and revenue that both exceeded analysts' consensus estimates. The company stated that its volume had risen 2% last quarter versus the same period a year earlier, with volumes increasing in most of its operating segments and geographic areas. Overall demand was healthy last quarter and, as a result, Dow Chemical saw its margins on hydrocarbons increase, the company stated. The chemicals maker reported that the sales of all of its units except Feedstocks and Energy rose last quarter. Dow Chemical expects its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, to rise to $10 billion in the near-term, up from $8.4 billion on an adjusted basis in 2013. Dow also increased its quarterly dividend by 15% to 37c per share and expanded its authorized share buy-back program to $4.5B from $1.5B. ALBEMARLE RESULTS: Similarly, Albemarle last night reported fourth quarter profits and revenue that surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. Moreover, the company's fiscal 2014 revenue guidance also exceeded analysts' consensus outlook. Albermarle stated that it had benefited from strong growth in its refinery catalyst and clean fuels technologies businesses. The company expects the profits from its catalyst business to increase by double digit percentage levels in 2014, and it expects its earnings from its clean fuels technologies to also rise. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Dow Chemical climbed 3.7% to $44.67, while Albemarle advanced 2.3% to $64.65. Another chemicals maker, Du Pont, (DD) rose 2.85% to $61.27. Du Pont reported stronger than expected results yesterday morning and announced its own $5B share repurchase program.
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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.
11:08 EDTDOWOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
May 14, 2015
10:00 EDTDDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:38 EDTDDDuPont upgraded to Neutral at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill upgraded DuPont to Neutral from Underperform. The firm expects DuPont to emerge from the recent proxy battle as a stronger, leaner company and views risk-reward as more balanced. Price target is $76.
07:04 EDTALBAlbemarle subsidiary acquires aluminum finishing business of Chemal GmbH
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06:58 EDTDDDuPont pullback a buying opportunity, says Deutsche Bank
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06:28 EDTDDDuPont upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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May 13, 2015
16:23 EDTDDOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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16:06 EDTDDOptions Update; May 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 38c to 20.67. Option volume leaders: AAPL CSCO NTI FB CSX BABA EIX BAC DD WMB TSLA JCP QCOM DAL
12:39 EDTDDOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:04 EDTDDDuPont drops after winning proxy fight with Trian Partners
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09:56 EDTDDEquity options with increasing volume
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08:51 EDTDDTrian says 'appears Trian nominees not elected to DuPont board'
Trian Fund Management, L.P., one of the largest stockholders of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, which beneficially owns approximately 24.6 million DuPont shares, said it appears that the Trian nominees were not elected to the DuPont Board at todayís Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Trian issued the following statement: "Trianís involvement in DuPont over the past two years has created substantial value for all stockholders. We are proud of the quality of our analysis and the role we have played as a positive change agent at DuPont. Since we first invested in mid-2013, DuPont has upgraded its Board of Directors, authorized a $5 billion share buyback, begun a long-overdue cost cutting initiative, improved the design of its executive compensation program, and announced the separation of Chemours with a $4 billion return of capital. We donít believe these actions would have happened without our involvement. The vote was close. We greatly appreciate the support we received from the vast majority of institutional stockholders and mutual funds as well as the leading proxy advisory firms, who all recognize the need for change at DuPont. DuPontís Board and management team have staked their reputations on executing the Companyís current strategy. Our efforts have created appropriate pressure to prove this strategy can actually deliver high quality and consistent earnings growth. Regardless of the voting results, we believe that going forward, DuPont stockholders will be less tolerant of continued missed earnings guidance, extraordinary charges, value-destructive acquisitions and divestitures, executive compensation that is not aligned with performance, and operating metrics such as revenue growth and margins that fail to meet DuPontís own targets. We will continue to closely monitor DuPontís performance.Ē
08:31 EDTDDDuPont seen winning close proxy fight, CNBC's Faber reports
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08:29 EDTDDDuPont seen winning proxy fight, CNBC's Faber reports
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May 12, 2015
05:26 EDTDDDuPont issues statement regarding Trian's statements
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May 11, 2015
12:28 EDTDDPeltz says 'we don't even think of not winning' DuPont proxy contest
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12:24 EDTDDPeltz says chances for last minute deal with DuPont 'dim'
Nelson Peltz says he wants to be collaborative with DuPont, adding that he is restricted in his comments about DuPont due to legal reasons as his proxy fight with the company continues. Peltz, however, said the prospects for a last minute settlement with DuPont are "very dim" and that his last talks with DuPont were weeks ago. Peltz said he and Trian are committed to maintaining R&D levels at DuPont. Nelson Peltz of Trian Fund Management is speaking on CNBC.
11:32 EDTDDDuPont indicates support from CalPERS, others for board nominees
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