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January 29, 2014
12:04 EDTDOW, ALB, DDChemical 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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July 22, 2014
06:02 EDTDDDuPont reports Q2 EPS $1.17, consensus $1.17
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05:58 EDTDDDuPont raises Q3 dividend by 4% to 47c per share
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July 21, 2014
15:30 EDTDDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Verizon (VZ), consensus 90c; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 63c; Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 72c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.70; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.44; Altria Group (MO), consensus 66c; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.17; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.66; Kimberly-Clark (KMB), consensus $1.50; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.07; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus $1.11; State Street (STT), consensus $1.26; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.46; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.39; Crocs (CROX), consensus 31c.
July 16, 2014
16:04 EDTDDPeltz says DuPont a complex business that can be simplified
Peltz says he continues to be in talks with DuPont's management.
09:03 EDTDOWEPA grants VOC-exempt status to ANGUS' AMP multifunctional paint additive
ANGUS Chemical Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow, announced that AMP, a multifunctional specialty chemical thatís widely used in latex paint formulations, is no longer classified as a volatile organic compound under a final rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
July 15, 2014
16:40 EDTALBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:43 EDTALBRockwood reported to have recently approached strategic buyers, Bloomberg says
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13:53 EDTALBRockwood shares should push higher, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse believes shares of Rockwood (ROC) will move higher as Albemarle (ALB) investors get more comfortable with Rockwood's high growth and high free cash flow platform, and sees the potential for other bidders given the relatively low premium.
13:11 EDTALBAlbemarle downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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13:08 EDTALBAlbemarle downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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09:21 EDTALBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:56 EDTALBAlbemarle says suspending share repurchase program
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08:54 EDTALBAlbemarle says Rockwood merge to be accretive to cash earnings in first year
Albemarle (ALB) says it views its merge with Rockwood (ROC) as a "decisive move." Says transactions accelerates growth, enhances earnings profile and doubles Albemarle's size. Expects revenue growth to be well above GDP. Says "well positioned" for core earnings growth drivers to drive business. Says the transaction will generate "strong" free cash flow to allow for the company to continually invest in key growth drivers. Says transaction will enable to Albemarle to have more consistent and predictable earnings growth to drive long-term value creation going forward. Expects transaction to be accretive to cash earnings in the first year and adjusted EPS in the second year. Says combined company will create $500M in cash flow on a pro forma basis in first year, rising substantially going forward as the company grows. Expects the transaction to generate cost synergies of $100M to be fully realized in 2016. Comments made during the conference call in which Albemarle and Rockwood discussed their merger.
06:53 EDTALBRockwood Holdings volatility expected to move on Albemarle acquisition
Rockwood Holdings (ROC) volatility is expected to move on Albemarle (ALB) acquiring all outstanding shares of Rockwood in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $6.2B. Overall option implied volatility of 27 is at its 26-week average according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
06:46 EDTALBAlbemarle to host conference call
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06:17 EDTALBAlbemarle sees Q2 EPS ex-items $1.08-$1.11, consensus 99c
Sees Q2 revenue of approximately $605M, consensus $646.75M. Albemarle's president and CEO Luke Kissam stated, "Stronger Catalyst Solutions trends drove higher than expected Q2 results, attributable to a combination of modest improvements in end market demand during the period and a shift in certain orders from Q3 into Q2." The company also announced that it will release second Q2 earnings results one week later than previously announced, after the NYSE closes on Wednesday, July 30.
06:05 EDTALBAlbemarle, Rockwood to merge in transaction valued at about $6.2B
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06:04 EDTALBAlbemarle, Rockwood to merge in transaction valued at about $6.2B
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July 14, 2014
07:20 EDTDOWControlled Released Society to hold annual meeting
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