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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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July 29, 2014
15:53 EDTHUNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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July 28, 2014
08:17 EDTDDDuPont management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in New York on July 28 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
July 24, 2014
14:09 EDTDDWeyerhaeuser, DuPont Pioneer announce technology license agreement
Weyerhaeuser (WY) announced a technology license agreement with DuPont Pioneer (DD) that the company said brings together agricultural and forestry know-how to sustainably improve crop productivity for corn growers.
July 23, 2014
14:38 EDTDDWeakness in DuPont agriculture business temporary, says Argus
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10:02 EDTDDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Brinker (EAT) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Cubist (CBST) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... DiamondRock (DRH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... DuPont (DD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Helmerich & Payne (HP) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering... Hexcel (HXL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... King Digital (KING) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Lexmark (LXK) downgraded at Raymond James... McDonald's (MCD) downgraded at RW Baird... Mead Johnson (MJN) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... National Oilwell (NOV) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering... Nintendo (NTDOY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Raytheon (RTN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Targa Resources (TRGP) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... Time Warner (TWX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Timmins Gold (TGD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... United Technologies (UTX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded at BMO Capital.
06:14 EDTDDDuPont to lay off 'low single digits' of employees, Bloomberg reports
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06:04 EDTDDDuPont downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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July 22, 2014
16:36 EDTDDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:29 EDTDDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:47 EDTDDDuPont confident in profitable Q4 due to strong crop protection business
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08:37 EDTDDDuPont sees Nutrition and Health to have modest growth in Q3
Q3 Nutrition and Health operating earnings to be higher due to higher sales, mix enrichment and productivity. Sees Q3 Industrial Biosciences sales to up be modestly on continued enzyme demand in ethanol production. Sees Q3 Safety & Protection sales to be up modestly reflecting continuing demand by Asia and North America. Sees Q3 Electronics and Communications to have increased global photovoltaic module installations with mid-teens growth rate. Expects strong 2H in PV driven by installations in China. Q3 Electronics and Communications sales are expected to be slightly higher with operating earnings slightly lower. Sees Q3 Performance Materials sales flat due to GLS/Vinyls sale. Sees Q3 Performance Chemicals sales essentially flat. Sees 2H14 Agriculture sales to be modestly higher due to growth in insecticide volumes. Sees a similar Q3 loss as prior year followed by a strong Q4 for Agriculture. Comments taken from slides for Q2 earnings conference call.
07:17 EDTDDNational Association for Business Economics to hold a seminar
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06:41 EDTDDDuPont up 4.2% after reporting Q2 results, increase in quarterly dividend
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06:07 EDTDDDuPont says Performance Chemicals separation still on track for mid-2015
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06:04 EDTDDDuPont backs FY14 EPS view of $4.00-$4.10, consensus $4.03
DuPont's FY14 EPS guidance is based on expected growth in global industrial market demand.
06:03 EDTDDDuPont sees Q3 EPS $1.25-$1.35, may not compare to consensus 60c
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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.

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