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February 26, 2014
04:55 EDTMON, MON, DD, DD, POT, POT, AGU, AGU, AGRO, AGRO, FMC, FMC, DE, DE, ADM, ADM, DOW, DOW, IPI, IPI, CF, CF, TSN, TSNBofA/Merrill to host a conference
2014 Global Agriculture Conference is being held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 26-27.
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January 27, 2015
12:22 EDTDECaterpillar sinks after guidance cut, drags down machinery peers
Shares of Caterpillar (CAT) are falling after the company reported lower than expected profit and reduced its full-year guidance to well below analysts' consensus outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Caterpillar reported fourth quarter earnings per share, excluding certain items, of $1.35, versus analysts' consensus outlook of $1.55. The company's Q4 revenue came in slightly above expectations. However, Caterpillar provided fiscal 2015 EPS guidance, excluding certain items, of about $4.75, versus the consensus outlook of $6.67, and its revenue outlook was about $50B, compared with analysts' consensus estimate of $55B. In October, Caterpillar had provided a "preliminary outlook" for 2015 of no change to a slight increase in its revenue, versus 2014 levels. In 2014 the company reported revenue of $55.18B. Caterpillar blamed its disappointing guidance on weak commodity prices that are negatively impacting its Energy & Transportation business, as well as its mining equipment unit. Caterpillar also lowered its expectations for construction equipment sales in China, noting that while its market position in China has improved, 2015 expectations for the construction industry in China are now lower. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, Wells Fargo wrote that Caterpillar's results are a bad sign for other machinery makers, including Cummins (CMI), Deere (DE), and Terex (TEX). The firm kept a Market Perform rating on Caterpillar. PRICE ACTION: in early afternoon trading, Caterpillar fell 7.5% to $79.61, Cummins dropped 4.6% to $141, Deere declined 3% to $85.76, and Terex fell 4.4% to $22.50.
08:58 EDTDECaterpillar guidance to be negative for shares, says Wells Fargo
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07:58 EDTDDFutures weaken after Caterpillar issues lower than expected outlook
Stock index futures have been in negative ground all morning, but have weakened further after disappointing guidance from a number of big names, including Procter & Gamble (PG), DuPont (DD) and Caterpillar (CAT). Before the bell, a report on durable goods orders for December is due at 8:30. After the open, investors will receive reports on the U.S. services sector and consumer confidence for January as well as data on new home sales in December. Near 7:45 am ET, Dow futures were 186 points below fair value, S&P 500 futures were down 12 points from fair value and Nasdaq futures were 37 points under fair value.
07:07 EDTTSNTyson Foods to invest over $110M in Vienna, GA operations
Tyson Foods is making major improvements to its Vienna, Georgia poultry plant as part of an ongoing plan to maximize efficiencies and meet growing demand for its products. The capital improvement project, valued at more than $110M, will bolster the future of the operation and create more than 500 jobs in Vienna. The project will upgrade parts of the plant and add about 100,000 square feet. Improvements will include new equipment and production lines, as well as processes and technology designed to benefit food safety, quality and workplace safety.
06:15 EDTDDDuPont increases cost reduction commitment to at least $1.3B by 2017
DuPont has increased its cost reduction commitment from its operational redesign by approximately $300M to at least $1.3B of total expected savings by 2017. Additionally, by the end of 2015, the company now expects annual run-rate savings of approximately $1B, significantly ahead of its previously announced schedule. In addition the company said it expects to return all or substantially all of the one-time dividend proceeds from Chemours to DuPont shareholders via share repurchases over the 12 to 18 months following the separation of Chemours. Based on the target BB credit rating of Chemours, this amount is anticipated to be approximately $4B, pending the final credit ratings and underlying business conditions for Chemours.
06:07 EDTDDDuPont sees FY15 EPS $4.00-$4.20, consensus $4.46
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06:05 EDTDDDuPont reports Q4 operating EPS 71c, consensus 71c
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January 26, 2015
15:40 EDTDDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:13 EDTDDDuPont volatility flat into Q4 and outlook
DuPont January weekly call option implied volatility is at 30, February is at 19, March is at 17, July is at 16; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 27.
07:35 EDTDDDuPont price target raised to $87 from $75 at Susquehanna
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January 23, 2015
08:32 EDTDEDeere announced indefinite layoffs at five locations for workforce adjustments
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06:29 EDTAGUAgrium volatility flat on sharp rally
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January 22, 2015
15:17 EDTAGUAgrium downgraded to Hold from Buy at Standpoint Research
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07:38 EDTAGUAgrium raises target dividend payout ratio to 40%-50%, announce NCIB
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January 21, 2015
10:01 EDTAGUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:08 EDTAGUAgrium downgraded to Hold from Buy at Miller Tabak
January 20, 2015
14:29 EDTTSNTyson Foods settles Missouri chemical spill suit for $540K
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08:26 EDTAGU, POTAgrium preferred over Potash, Mosaic at Canaccord
Canaccord said they prefer Agrium (AGU) over both Potash (POT) and Mosaic (MOS). Mosaic raised its guidance due to its phosphate business, but with a lack of catalysts expected in the potash market in 2015 the firm continues to see solid growth volume, increasing nitrogen margins, and free cash flow expansion for Agrium. Canaccord maintains its Buy rating on Agrium and its Hold rating on both Mosaic and Potash shares.
06:31 EDTADMArcher Daniels downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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January 19, 2015
16:28 EDTAGU, POTMosaic raises Q4 EPS outlook to 83c-88c, consensus 57c
The Mosaic Company announced that it expects reported phosphates volume and phosphates and potash margins to exceed previously provided guidance ranges, and that potash volumes will be at the high end of guidance range, resulting in Q4 earnings per share in the range of 93c-98c, including 10c in net benefits from notable items. The notable items include early estimates of discrete tax benefits, primarily related to the acquisition of a Brazilian distribution business, which may change. The company expect earnings, excluding notable items, to be in the range of 83c-88c. The consensus EPS estimate is 57c..Mosaic stated, "Demand for potash and phosphates exceeded our expectations during the fourth quarter,. We were cautiously optimistic going into the fall application season with good crop nutrient affordability and an empty supply chain, but customers came to the market in force, as they sought to position inventory in anticipation of a strong spring season and increasing crop nutrient prices...Our Phosphates business sold 3.3 million tonnes of finished product during the quarter - well above our expectations - and our Potash business produced at a high operating rate due to a successful proving run at the Colonsay mine." Mosaic's peers include Potash (POT) and Agrium (AGU).
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