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February 1, 2014
17:12 EDTMMM3M Company invests in Chile's Lixivia
3M, through its New Ventures Business, has invested in Lixivia, a Chilean company that 3M has been working with on an engineering process to increase recuperation of copper sulfurate above levels reached through standard industry applications. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “We believe that Lixivia’s innovative technology addresses core issues of mining companies today,” said Stefan Gabriel, president, 3M New Ventures. “This company has the potential to significantly increase miners’ diminished productivity and recover more copper sulfurate, which is a paradigm shift for miners’ operations.”
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January 30, 2015
16:28 EDTMMMMarket finishes week lower as earnings, GDP miss drag down stocks
Stocks ended the week lower as several major companies reported weaker than expected results or gave disappointing guidance and a number of U.S. economic data points came in below the consensus outlook. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve reiterated that it would exercise patience in deciding when to raise interest rates. The central bank added that economic growth was expanding at a "solid" pace... U.S. economic data was mixed, as Q4 GDP growth, durable goods orders for December, and pending home sales came in below expectations, but weekly jobless claims and new home sales for December beat expectations... In Europe, the annual cost of living in the euro zone currency bloc fell 0.6% in January, versus analysts' forecast for a fall of 0.5%. However, the bloc's unemployment rate inched down to 11.4% in December from 11.5% in November. Analysts had expected the unemployment rate to remain unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: Apple's (AAPL) shares rose after the company reported record results, beating analysts' expectations. The company sold 74.5M iPhones last quarter, a figure that also beat the consensus outlook... Visa (V), Boeing (BA), Amazon.com (AMZN), Google (GOOG), and video game maker Electronic Arts (EA) were among the companies that rose following their earnings reports. Facebook (FB) reported stronger than expected results but its stock was little changed on the week... Microsoft (MSFT), Caterpillar (CAT), Qualcomm (QCOM), Alibaba (BABA), DuPont (DD), and 3M (MMM) fell after reporting their results... Yahoo (YHOO) announced that it plans to spin off its stake in Alibaba later this year in a tax-free transaction. The announcement led to speculation that Yahoo could become a takeover target... McDonald's (MCD) announced that its CEO, Don Thompson, would step down and be replaced by its current Chief Brand Officer, Steve Easterbrook. Its stock reacted favorably to the executive change... Qualcomm (QCOM) cut its fiscal 2015 guidance and announced that its Snapdragon 810 processor will not be in the upcoming design cycle of a large customer's flagship device. A number of analysts and media outlets said that Samsung was the company to which Qualcomm was referring. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow is down 2.83% to 17,164.95, the Nasdaq is down 2.56% to 4,635.24, and the S&P is down 2.77% to 1,994.99.
January 29, 2015
07:02 EDTMMM3M Company moleculal detection assays receive distinction by AOAC International
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January 27, 2015
16:31 EDTMMMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:28 EDTMMMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:43 EDTMMM3M Company sees Swiss franc immaterial to 2015 results
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09:33 EDTMMM3M sees forex hurting EPS by about 20c y/y in 2015
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09:25 EDTMMM3M Company says sees continued momentum in 2015
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08:53 EDTMMM3M Company sees FY15 gross share repurchases $3B-$5B
Sees FY15 CapEx $1.5B-$1.7B. Sees further foreign currency headwinds being offset by lower than expected input costs in FY15. Says foreign currency translation expected to be a headwind of -4% to -5% in FY15. Sees FY tax rate 28%-29%. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q4 earnings conference call.
07:32 EDTMMM3M Company sees FY15 EPS $8.00-$8.30, consensus $8.20
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07:31 EDTMMM3M Company affirms FY15 performance expectations
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07:31 EDTMMM3M Company reports Q4 EPS $1.81, consensus $1.80
Reports Q4 revenue $7.7B, consensus $7.77B. Organic local-currency sales grew 6.3 percent with acquisitions adding 0.1 percent to sales. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 4.4 percent year-on-year.
January 26, 2015
15:40 EDTMMMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:23 EDTMMM3M Company technical comments before results
The shares have a potential bearish head and shoulders top in development. The neckline for the pattern remains at considerable distance from current price at the $155 area. It would take more bearish news than current expectations would suggest to reach the neckline. Downside potential for the pattern, if it triggers, would be to the $142 area over time. It should be noted that on a long-term chart the price action of recent years has resulted in a near-vertical rise that appears unsustainable. If the news is more bullish than expected, resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives would be at $165.99 and then at $168.16, the 52-week high and lifetime high. On a breakout above $168.16, a run to $170 to $175 may be possible.
January 22, 2015
10:03 EDTMMMOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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January 21, 2015
16:14 EDTMMM3M Company initiated with a Buy at UBS
Target $195.

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