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December 30, 2013
13:51 EDTKRO, NL, VHI, DD, HUNCompanies advance after controversial chairman dies
Shares of Kronos (KRO), NL Industries (NL), and Valhi (VHI) are rising after Harold Simmons, who was chairman of the board at all three companies, passed away on Saturday night. WHAT'S NEW: A billionaire Dallas billionaire and philanthropist, Simmons was a controversial figure. He called President Obama "the most dangerous American alive" because, according to Simmons, the president "would eliminate free enterprise in this country." Simmons also donated tens of millions of dollars to Republican candidates and conservative causes and a number of his companies have been criticized and sued for allegedly polluting the environment. ANALYST OPINION: In a note to investors, research firm Oppenheimer said that Simmons' death will raise questions about succession, strategy and ownership issues at Kronos. About 81% of Kronos common stock was owned by Simmons, related persons and entities, with about 80% of that held by Valhi and NL Industries, according to Oppenheimer. Kronos was viewed as a consolidator in the reshuffling titanium dioxide industry, but may now be viewed as a seller at some point, Oppenheimer added. OTHERS TO WATCH: DuPont (DD) and Huntsman (HUN) have announced plans to spin-off their titanium dioxide businesses. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Kronos gained 9.5% to $18.85, NL Industries rose 9.3% to $11.04, and Valhi added 1% to $15.07.
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September 17, 2014
16:25 EDTDDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:22 EDTDDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:45 EDTDDDuPont trades higher after Trian Fund Management urges spin-offs
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09:10 EDTDDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:03 EDTDDTrian requested one DuPont board seat this summer, CNBC reports
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08:22 EDTDDDuPont issues statement regarding Trian
In response to the letter from Trian Fund Management sent earlier this morning, DuPont issued the following statement: "Our board of directors and management team have taken firm action over several years that has delivered 220 percent total shareholder return since year-end 2008, compared to 144 percent for the S&P 500 during the same period, by aggressively deploying our leading science across the company, strengthening and fine-tuning our portfolio, and through disciplined capital allocation. The board and management team remain committed to executing on our strategic plan to drive growth and profitability. The recently announced first phase of our redesign initiative to drive down costs by $1 billion and embed greater efficiencies, together with the separation of Performance Chemicals and our $5 billion share repurchase program, reflect our board and management's commitment to enhance value for all DuPont shareholders. DuPont welcomes open communications with shareholders and values input toward our common goal of enhancing shareholder value. We speak and meet with shareholders frequently, and while it is our policy not to comment on discussions with specific shareholders, we have had a constructive dialogue with Trian."
07:00 EDTDDTrian Partners calls for further initiatives to optimize long-term value
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06:53 EDTDDWhite House says companies taking steps to reduce HFCs emissions
The Obama Administration yesterday announced new private sector commitments and executive actions to reduce emissions of hydroflourocarbons, or HFCs, powerful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, the Shite House stated. Coca-Cola (KO) has set a goal for 100 percent of its newly purchased cold drink equipment to be HFC-free, .while DuPont (DD),, announced that its new products are anticipated to reduce greenhouse gas content of refrigerants by some 90M tons carbon dioxide equivalent in the U.S., and 245M tons worldwide by 2025, the White House noted. Honeywell (HON) plans to transition the majority of its high-GWP HFC production to new low-GWP production, while Johnson Controls (JCI) committed to using the lowest GWP option for each application that best fits the needs of its customers from the standpoint of safety, efficiency, reliability, availability, and economy, according to the White House Johnson Controls also commits to spend $50M over the next three years to develop new products and improve and expand its existing low-GWP portfolio.
06:51 EDTDDTrian Partners says DuPont should separate into GrowthCo and CyclicalCo/CashCo
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06:06 EDTDDTrian Partners says DuPont's structure 'destroying shareholder value'
Trian Fund Management, L.P., whose investment funds beneficially own approximately $1.6B of the outstanding shares of DuPont, said it has sent a letter to the bomard analyzing how DuPontís conglomerate structure is destroying shareholder value. The letter and accompanying White Paper Summary also detail initiatives DuPont should take that Trian believes could significantly improve DuPontís financial performance and double the value of its common stock within three years. Trian plans to meet with DuPont shareholders to present its analysis and strongly recommends that the DuPont Board meet shareholders without management present to hear their views. In the letter, Trian said, "While we applaud the announced spin-off of Performance Chemicals, the Fresh Start initiative and the $5 billion share buyback authorization, we believe strongly that, by themselves, these moves are not enough to optimize shareholder value. We would have preferred to continue working privately with management and the Board, but it is now clear that the Board is not willing to hold management accountable for continuing underperformance and repeated failures to deliver promised revenue and earnings targets. Therefore, we can no longer be silent as DuPont continues to struggle to execute what we are convinced is a flawed business plan, especially as we have a solution that we believe could double the value of DuPontís shares over the next three years."
05:58 EDTDDTrian wants DuPont to spin off agriculture, nutrition units, WSJ reports
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September 11, 2014
12:03 EDTDDUSDA raises U.S. corn yield forecast to record
In its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, or WASDE, report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's corn yield forecast is raised 4.3 bushels per acre to a record 171.7 bushels. Corn production for 2014/15 is forecast 363 million bushels higher at a record 14,395 million bushels. Total 2014/15 corn usage is projected at 13,605 million bushels, up 170 million from last month. Although a record, usage is expected up just 5 million bushels from 2013/14 as export prospects remain constrained by large foreign carryin stocks, the USDA wrote. Publicly traded companies in the agriculture space include Agrium (AGU), Andersons (ANDE), Archer Daniels (ADM), Bunge (BG), CF Industries (CF), Compass Minerals (CMP), DuPont (DD), Intrepid Potash (IPI), Monsanto (MON), Mosaic (MOS), Potash (POT) and Syngenta (SYT).
September 10, 2014
10:00 EDTHUNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: African Barrick Gold (ABGLY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Raymond James... Callon Petroleum (CPE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Coach (COH) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Hartford Financial (HIG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Huntsman (HUN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Imperva (IMPV) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... L Brands (LB) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Marcus (MCS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Noodles & Company (NDLS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Sunoco Logistics (SXL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Triangle Petroleum (TPLM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS.
07:13 EDTHUNHuntsman upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
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06:55 EDTHUNHuntsman upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
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06:40 EDTHUNEC approves Huntsman's acquisition of Rockwood's titanium dioxide businesses
Rockwood (ROC) announced that the European Commission has approved the previously announced sale of its Titanium Dioxide Pigments and four other non-strategic businesses to Huntsman (HUN) for an enterprise value of $1.275B, including the assumption of $225M in pension obligations. The European Commissionís conditional approval follows Huntsman entering into an agreement to sell its TR52 ink grade business to Henan Billions Chemicals. The transaction with Henan is expected to close shortly after the European Commissionís approval of the buyer. The Rockwood businesses being sold include Titanium Dioxide Pigments, Color Pigments & Services, Timber Treatment Chemicals, Rubber/Thermoplastics Compounding, and Water Chemistry. This transaction is expected to close in late September or early October.
06:35 EDTHUNHuntsman $1.1B deal for Rockwood unit approved by EU, Reuters says
The European Commission approved Huntsman's (HUN) proposed $1.1B buyout offer for Rockwood's (ROC) titanium dioxide pigment division after agreeing to sell its global TR52 unit, according to Reuters, citing comments from the EU antitrust watchdog. Reference Link
September 8, 2014
07:21 EDTHUNKeyBanc to hold a conference
2014 Basic Materials & Packaging Conference to be held in Boston on September 8-10.

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