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March 11, 2014
04:55 EDTMLM, MLM, VMC, VMC, EXP, EXP, NCS, NCSStephens to hold a field trip
Building Materials Field Trip travels through North Carolina, Alabama and Texas on March 11-12.
News For MLM;VMC;EXP;NCS From The Last 14 Days
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October 24, 2014
10:03 EDTVMCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Align Technology (ALGN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Brandywine Realty (BDN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Carpenter Technology (CRS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Check Point (CHKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded at ISI Group... Digital Realty (DLR) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... EQT Corporation (EQT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Education Realty (EDR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Invacare (IVC) upgraded at KeyBanc... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Logitech (LOGI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Lorillard (LO) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... NCR Corp. (NCR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Old National Bancorp (ONB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Plexus (PLXS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Potash (POT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Reliance Steel (RS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Swift Transport (SWFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Vulcan Materials (VMC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup.
06:11 EDTVMCVulcan Materials upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens
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October 21, 2014
10:00 EDTEXPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:31 EDTEXPEagle Materials, GenCorp mentioned positively by Lerner, Bloomberg reports
Chesapeake Partners' Traci Lerner is said to have mentioned Eagle Materials (EXP), GenCorp (GY), Barnes & Noble (BKS) and American Airlines (AAL) as stocks she likes, according to Bloomberg, citing comments made by Lerner at the Robin Hood Conference.
07:24 EDTEXPEagle Materials upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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06:28 EDTEXPEagle Materials upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
October 17, 2014
06:02 EDTEXPEagle Materials to acquire CRS Proppants for $225M
Eagle Materials announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CRS Proppants and its subsidiaries, including Great Northern Sand, a supplier of high-quality northern-white frac-sand to the energy industry. CRS Proppants’ operations include: A northern-white frac-sand mine and processing facility in Wisconsin that is currently being expanded from approximately one million to two million tons per year capacity; Existing long-term sales contracts with targeted customers for approximately 85% of the two million tons per year of capacity; UP rail-based trans-load network from the mine into the Permian and other target basins. The cash purchase price of approximately $225M is subject to adjustments for working capital and other items, and will be funded by operating cash flow and borrowings under Eagle’s bank credit facility. Revenues, EBITDA and earnings before income taxes from continuing operations for the nine-months through September 30, 2014 for CRS Proppants were $64.7M, $12.2M and $8.7M, respectively. The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive and synergies of $5M are expected to be realized within the first 12 months. The acquisition will roughly double Eagle’s frac-sand production capacity and expand Eagle’s frac-sand reserves. Under the definitive agreement, the acquisition is subject to certain customary conditions, including clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. The company currently expects that the acquisition will close during Eagle’s third fiscal quarter of the current year.
October 16, 2014
08:31 EDTVMCVulcan Materials changes organizational and leadership structure
Vulcan Materials announced new division leadership and changes to its organizational structure. The new structure, effective January 1, 2015, will be as follows: the Western Division, comprising the company's businesses in California; the Mountain West Division, comprising Arizona and New Mexico; the Southwest Division, comprising the company's businesses in Texas and Oklahoma; the Central Division, comprising Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois; the Mideast Division, comprising North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware; the Southern and Gulf Coast Division, comprising Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana; and the Southeast Division, comprising Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

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