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January 29, 2014
12:04 EDTALB, DOW, 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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January 29, 2015
08:59 EDTDOWDow Chemical: 2015 projects an improvement in cost positions and margins
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07:03 EDTDOWDow Chemical sees lower oil prices as relative positive
Commenting on the Company’s outlook, Liveris said: “Against the backdrop of ongoing macroeconomic, currency and energy market uncertainty, we continue to see positive underlying demand fundamentals. Dow is well positioned to continue to optimize returns in this environment: Our advantaged global cost positions are enabling us to increase asset utilization, while selling into higher value sectors. Tightening supply and demand is acting to offset some of the challenges that are a result of falling oil prices. Our differentiated technologies and end-market selection will enable us to maximize returns in sectors less susceptible to pricing volatility. Our business model works across all economic cycles, as we can extract value through different parts of our integrated value chains – depending on the cycle. We believe lower oil prices are a relative positive for Dow and a boost for the global economy. We will continue to control those factors firmly within our control – demanding operational and commercial excellence, driving proactive portfolio management and productivity actions, executing financial discipline, efficiently managing our cash and investing in people, markets and assets for long-term growth."
07:02 EDTDOWDow Chemical reports Q4 adjusted EPS 85c, consensus 69c
Reports Q4 revenue $14.38B, consensus $14.48B. Volume increased in both developed geographies, up 4%, as well as emerging geographies, up 5%. Volume gains were offset by price declines driven primarily by Western Europe, down 14 %, which included currency headwinds.
January 28, 2015
17:21 EDTALBAlbemarle reports Q4 adjusted EPS 99c, consensus $1.03
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15:38 EDTDOWNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Celgene (CELG), consensus 99c... ConocoPhillips (COP), consensus 59c... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 67c... Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus 68c... Colgate-Palmolive (CL), consensus 74c... Ford (F), consensus 23c... Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 69c... Alibaba (BABA), consensus 75c... Thermo Fisher (TMO), consensus $1.94; Time Warner Cable (TWC), consensus $2.09... Phillips 66 (PSX), consensus $1.34... Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.29... Baxter International (BAX), consensus $1.31... Cardinal Health (CAH), consensus $1.10... Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.08... Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.25... Viacom (VIAB), consensus $1.28... Valero Energy (VLO), consensus $1.32... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), consensus $1.38... Hershey (HSY), consensus $1.06... Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 88c... Zimmer (ZMH), consensus $1.71... Xcel Energy (XEL), consensus 34c... Royal Caribbean (RCL), consensus 42c... Coach (COH), consensus 66c... Kate Spade (KATE), consensus 24c... Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus 34c... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK), consensus $1.52... L-3 Communications (LLL), consensus $2.27... JetBlue (JBLU), consensus 24c.
15:30 EDTDOWDow Chemical upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Gilford Securities
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09:59 EDTDDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:21 EDTDDDuPont management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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06:41 EDTDDDuPont downgraded with shares above price target at JPMorgan
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06:01 EDTDDDuPont downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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January 27, 2015
16:31 EDTDDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:28 EDTDDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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07:58 EDTDDFutures weaken after Caterpillar issues lower than expected outlook
Stock index futures have been in negative ground all morning, but have weakened further after disappointing guidance from a number of big names, including Procter & Gamble (PG), DuPont (DD) and Caterpillar (CAT). Before the bell, a report on durable goods orders for December is due at 8:30. After the open, investors will receive reports on the U.S. services sector and consumer confidence for January as well as data on new home sales in December. Near 7:45 am ET, Dow futures were 186 points below fair value, S&P 500 futures were down 12 points from fair value and Nasdaq futures were 37 points under fair value.
06:15 EDTDDDuPont increases cost reduction commitment to at least $1.3B by 2017
DuPont has increased its cost reduction commitment from its operational redesign by approximately $300M to at least $1.3B of total expected savings by 2017. Additionally, by the end of 2015, the company now expects annual run-rate savings of approximately $1B, significantly ahead of its previously announced schedule. In addition the company said it expects to return all or substantially all of the one-time dividend proceeds from Chemours to DuPont shareholders via share repurchases over the 12 to 18 months following the separation of Chemours. Based on the target BB credit rating of Chemours, this amount is anticipated to be approximately $4B, pending the final credit ratings and underlying business conditions for Chemours.
06:07 EDTDDDuPont sees FY15 EPS $4.00-$4.20, consensus $4.46
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06:05 EDTDDDuPont reports Q4 operating EPS 71c, consensus 71c
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January 26, 2015
15:40 EDTDDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:13 EDTDDDuPont volatility flat into Q4 and outlook
DuPont January weekly call option implied volatility is at 30, February is at 19, March is at 17, July is at 16; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 27.
07:35 EDTDDDuPont price target raised to $87 from $75 at Susquehanna
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January 20, 2015
07:52 EDTALBAlbemarle announces new organizational structure and senior leadership team
Albemarle announced that as a result of the completion of its acquisition of Rockwood Holdings, it will realign its global business units, effective by the end of the Q1. The new structure aligns the company's strategic assets and businesses to be market focused. The new Albemarle structure will consist of three global business units, or GBUs: Chemetall Surface Treatment, Refining Solutions and Performance Chemicals. Consistent with the new organizational structure, the company also announced its senior leadership team, all reporting to President and CEO Luke Kissam. Joris Merckx will serve as president, Chemetall Surface Treatment. Silvio Ghyoot will serve as president, Refining Solutions. Michael Wilson will serve as president, Performance Chemicals. Matt Juneau will serve as senior vice president, Corporate Strategy and Investor Relations. The leadership team changes will become effective with the realignment of the global business units before the end of the Q1. In the interim, business and investor questions should be routed to the current contact.
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