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April 7, 2014
05:42 EDTTXI, CX, VMC, LFRGY, EXP, MLMHolcim, 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).
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February 26, 2015
10:00 EDTVMCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ASUR Airports (ASR) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Scotia Capital... AcelRx (ACRX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... AllianceBernstein (AB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... American Express (AXP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Argus upgraded Sonoco (SON) on multiple positive catalysts... Columbia Property (CXP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Deutsche sees American Express (AXP) as undervalued, upgrades to Buy... Eldorado Gold (EGO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Gruma (GMK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Isle of Capri (ISLE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... JAKKS Pacific (JAKK) upgraded at B. Riley... QTS Realty Trust (QTS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Sonoco (SON) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... T-Mobile (TMUS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Vulcan Materials (VMC) upgraded at RBC Capital.
08:09 EDTVMCVulcan Materials upgraded at RBC Capital
As noted earlier, RBC Capital upgraded Vulcan Materials to Outperform from Sector Perform. As reasons for the upgrade, the firm cited improving demand for the company's products and its increased emphasis on returning cash to shareholders. The firm thinks the company is in the early stages of a multi=year recovery. Target to $93 from $82.
06:23 EDTVMCVulcan Materials upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
February 20, 2015
12:08 EDTVMCVulcan Materials to host investor day
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February 19, 2015
08:38 EDTCXPattern Energy signs joint ventuer with CEMEX Energia
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08:38 EDTCXCEMEX creates Mexican energy division, signs joint venture with Pattern
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February 17, 2015
08:31 EDTVMCVulcan Materials increases dividend 4c to 10c
The Board of Directors of Vulcan Materials, at a meeting held declared a quarterly dividend of 10c per share on its common stock payable March 10 to shareholders of record February 24. The new quarterly dividend represents an increase of 4c per share.

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