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April 15, 2012
15:52 EDTKKR, BHP, RIOKKR interested in Rio and BHP diamond assets, Mineweb says
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) is said to be among the bidders for both BHP's (BHP) and Rio Tinto's (RIO) diamond assets as a perceived shortfall of diamonds is seen in the coming years, says Mineweb. Reference Link
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October 14, 2014
19:41 EDTRIORio Tinto says FY14 iron ore global production guidance unchanged
Rio Tinto says FY14 global production guidance is unchanged at 295M tonnes, subject to weather constraints. Rio Tinto expects FY14 iron ore global shipments of approximately 300M tonnes. Around 5M tonnes of iron ore inventory is expected to be drawn down from the Pilbara mines during the year.
19:39 EDTRIORio Tinto lowers FY14 diamond production guidance
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19:36 EDTRIORio Tinto increases FY14 thermal coal production guidance
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19:33 EDTRIORio Tinto reduces FY14 alumina production guidance
Rio Tinto’s share of bauxite and aluminium production for FY14 is unchanged and is expected to be 41M tonnes and 3.4M tonnes, respectively. Alumina production guidance is reduced to 7.4M tonnes from 7.6M tonnes, excluding alumina production in the year from the Gove alumina refinery.
19:32 EDTRIORio Tinto increases FY14 copper production guidance
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19:29 EDTRIORio Tinto reports Q3 production data
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13:09 EDTKKRGlaxoSmithKline seeks binding bids for mature drugs, Reuters reports
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10:01 EDTBHPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
07:46 EDTBHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse
October 12, 2014
17:50 EDTRIORio Tinto shares could climb 20%, Barron's says
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October 9, 2014
14:01 EDTBHPFormer Xstrata CEO offered to buy assets from BHP Billiton, FT reports
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07:24 EDTRIORio Tinto executive stands behind iron ore expansion, SMH reports
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October 8, 2014
07:08 EDTKKRKKR coverage assumed with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
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October 7, 2014
16:31 EDTRIORio Tinto confirms no talks are taking place with Glencore
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13:59 EDTKKRKKR invests in Lemonade Restaurant Group, terms not disclosed
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10:08 EDTKKRSodaStream sinks after Q3 profit warning
Shares of SodaStream International (SODA) are sinking this morning after the company warned that revenue for the third quarter of 2014 will come in well below Wall Street estimates. SodaStream develops, manufactures and markets home beverage carbonation systems and related products. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, SodaStream reported preliminary Q3 revenue of $125M, significantly missing analysts' consensus estimate of about $154M. The company said it expects operating income of about $8.5M for the quarter. Chief Executive Officer Daniel Birnbaum cited an underperformance in the U.S. market as the primary driver of the quarterly shortfall, and said the results are an indication that the company must alter its course and improve its execution. Birnbaum said in a statement that the company is "very disappointed" by its recent performance, noting that it has "not succeeded in attracting new consumers to our home carbonation system at the rate we believe should be achieved." Birnbaum said the company has started a strategic shift towards health and wellness, mostly in the U.S., where he believes the message "will resonate more strongly" with customers. In addition, SodaStream is developing a growth plan, and more details are expected when Q3 results are reported later this month. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The carbonated beverage machine company has been the subject of buyout rumors for months. In July, Bloomberg reported that the company was in talks to go private for around $40 per share. In September, Israel's TheMarker said SodaStream was in talks to sell itself to a British investment fund for $840M, or $40 per share. SodaStream has also been rumored as an acquisition target for beverage makers SABMiller (SBMRY) and Diageo (DEO) or private equity group KKR (KKR), The Independent reported last month. In July, SodaStream cut its fiscal year 2014 revenue growth view to 5% from 15% and cut its FY14 net income expectations to a 5% decrease from a 3% increase. At that time, the company said it believed sales trends for sodamakers would remain challenging in the U.S. in the second half of the year. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, SodaStream shares dropped $5.72, or 21%, to $21.85.
10:08 EDTRIORio Tinto down over 4% after Glencore confirms will not pursue merger
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10:05 EDTRIOGlencore confirms no longer considering merger with Rio Tinto
Glencore notes the recent press speculation regarding a possible merger between Glencore and Rio Tinto. Glencore announces that in July it made an informal enquiry by telephone call to Rio Tinto, seeking to gauge whether there might be any interest at Rio Tinto in investigating some form of merger between the two companies. Rio Tinto responded that it was not interested in pursuing these discussions. Glencore confirms that it is no longer actively considering any possible merger transaction with, or offer for the shares of, Rio Tinto. As a consequence of this announcement, the Panel Executive has determined that Glencore is for a period of 6 months from the date of this announcement subject to Rule 2.8 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers in relation to Rio Tinto. Glencore however reserves its rights to make an offer in the future with the consent of the Takeover Panel, either with the recommendation of the Board of Rio Tinto, in the event of a third party offer for Rio Tinto, or in the event of a material change in circumstances.
10:04 EDTRIOGlencore confirms no longer considering any merger with Rio Tinto
06:09 EDTRIORio Tinto confirms no discussions taking place with Glencore
The board of Rio Tinto notes the recent press speculation regarding a possible combination of Rio Tinto and Glencore. The Rio Tinto board confirms that no discussions are taking place with Glencore. In July 2014, Glencore contacted Rio Tinto regarding a potential merger of Rio Tinto and Glencore. The Rio Tinto board, after consultation with its financial and legal advisers, concluded unanimously that a combination was not in the best interests of Rio Tinto's shareholders. The board's rejection was communicated to Glencore in early August and there has been no further contact between the companies on this matter. Rio Tinto remains focused on the successful execution of its strategy, which the board of Rio Tinto is confident will continue to deliver significant and sustainable value for shareholders.
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