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April 7, 2014
05:42 EDTEXP, MLM, TXI, CX, VMC, LFRGYHolcim, Lafarge confirm intention to combine via merger of equals
Holcim and Lafarge (LFRGY) announced their intention to combine the two companies through a merger of equals, approved by their respective boards and fully supported by the core shareholders of both companies. LafargeHolcim would be listed on the SIX in Zurich and Euronext Paris. Bernard Fontana, Holcim CEO will remain in charge of Holcim until completion of the transaction. He will co-chair the integration committee. The proposed combination would be structured as a public offer filed by Holcim for all outstanding shares of Lafarge on the basis of a 1 for 1 exchange ratio with an agreement to have equal dividends on a per share basis between announcement and completion. Completion is expected by the end of first half of 2015 subject to obtaining regulatory approvals. Both companies combined sales amount to c. CHF 39B / EUR 32B and Ebitda to c. CHFB / EUR 6.5B. Names in the cement space include CEMEX (CX), Martin Marietta (MLM), Vulcan Materials (VMC), Texas Industries (TXI) and Eagle Materials (EXP).
News For LFRGY;CX;MLM;VMC;TXI;EXP From The Last 14 Days
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February 10, 2016
09:30 EDTMLMMartin Marietta upgraded to Buy from Hold at Vertical Research
February 9, 2016
11:18 EDTMLMOptions with increasing call volume; CERS WYN NVS ZIOP PZM PI OC DB MLM
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08:44 EDTMLMMartin Marietta sees FY16 net sales $3.5B-$3.7B, consensus $3.63B
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08:43 EDTMLMMartin Marietta reports Q4 EPS $1.26, consensus $1.35
Reports Q4 revenue $844.6M, consensus $845.7M.
February 5, 2016
12:25 EDTEXPUSG advances as pricing and cost control drive Q4 earnings
Shares of building products company USG Corporation (USG) are advancing this morning after reporting higher than expected fourth quarter earnings. WHAT'S NEW: USG reported Q4 EPS of 42c, which handily beat analysts' expectations of 30c per share. The company reported Q4 revenue of $925M, just shy of expectations, as foreign currency unfavorably impacted net sales by $18M in the quarter. USG CEO James Metcalf attributed the improved results to margin expansion in its Gypsum and Ceilings businesses. "Improved pricing in both businesses, coupled with our cost discipline, drove this increased performance," Metcalf noted. On its quarterly earnings conference call, the CEO said the main driver for margin expansion in the quarter was improved pricing of all product categories in the Ceiling segment. The company sees continued strength in its markets in 2016 with overall demand improving 5% in most of its key markets. On its call, USG stressed that it will continue its "relentless cost control program" in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its quarterly conference call on January 29, USG Corporation peer Eagle Materials (EXP) noted that its gypsum customers are reporting 5%-7% increase in volume needs for calendar year 2016. ANALYST VIEWS: On January 26, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Dahl downgraded USG to Underperform, saying he sees risk to consensus estimates from increased competition in ceilings and a lack of traction on wallboard pricing. The analyst views the stock's risk/reward as unfavorable and cut his price target for the name to $17 from $26. PRICE ACTION: On a negative day in the broader market, shares of USG Corporation are up almost 5%, while peer Eagle Materials is up fractionally.
February 4, 2016
08:06 EDTVMCVulcan Materials sees 2016 aggregates shipments up 7% to 191M tons
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08:04 EDTVMCVulcan Materials sees FY16 adjusted EBITDA $1-$1.1B
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08:04 EDTVMCVulcan Materials expects overall demand growth to be 7% in 2016
The company expects overall demand growth in Vulcan-served markets to be approximately 7% in 2016, driven by continued growth in both private and public construction. Private construction activity should continue to grow in both residential and nonresidential segments, led by double-digit growth in residential. Public construction in Vulcan's markets should continue to benefit from state-led highway spending in key states and record levels of local tax receipts. Additionally, with the passage of a new, fully funded, long-term federal highway bill in December 2015, the states now have greater funding stability and certainty to undertake much needed transportation projects. As a result, the company believes mid-single digit growth for this aggregates-intensive end market is possible in 2016. With the exception of certain markets in Texas, construction activity in Vulcan-served markets remains well below long-term levels of per capita consumption. Key states such as California, Florida, and Georgia continue to enjoy solid growth rates as they gradually recover toward more normal levels of construction activity and materials consumption, and we expect that trend to continue in 2016. As a result, demand growth for our products continues, and we are encouraged by the pricing fundamentals throughout our markets.
08:03 EDTVMCVulcan Materials reports Q4 EPS cont ops 69c, consensus 61c
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06:27 EDTCXCEMEX reports Q4 revenue $3.4B, consensus $3.54B
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February 2, 2016
11:39 EDTCXOptions with increasing call volume; FDC IMOS WEN IDTI HS GPR KORS HRS PNRA R CX
09:33 EDTCXCEMEX upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi
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05:59 EDTVMCVulcan Materials added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
January 29, 2016
13:19 EDTEXPOptions with increasing call volume: EXP FLIR SYN INO PBR VMEM EPI GILD EA
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11:00 EDTEXPEagle Materials says gypsum customers reporting 5-7% jump in volume needs
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10:05 EDTCXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Atlassian (TEAM) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... BRF S.A. (BRFS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA... CEMEX (CX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Computer Programs (CPSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... DST Systems (DST) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... First Merchants (FRME) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Flex (FLEX) upgraded on solid results at Stifel... Intercept (ICPT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Live Oak Bancshares (LOB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Microsemi (MSCC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... NetSuite (N) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Oshkosh (OSK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... PC Connection (PCCC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Pinnacle Financial (PNFP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Potash (POT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotiabank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Sotherly Hotels (SOHO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Textura (TXTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Valley National (VLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill.
06:34 EDTCXCEMEX upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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January 28, 2016
16:25 EDTEXPEagle Materials reports Q3 EPS 92c, consensus 97c
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