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March 1, 2013
08:05 EDTAGU, MON, DOW, CF, SYT, DDCitigroup's agriculture analyst research team holds a conference call
Agriculture Research Team holds a discussion on seeds, ahead of the North American planting season, on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 1 at 10 am.
News For MON;DD;CF;AGU;SYT;DOW From The Last 14 Days
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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
08:26 EDTAGUAgrium 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.
05:59 EDTSYTSyngenta downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
January 19, 2015
16:28 EDTAGUMosaic 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).
January 16, 2015
10:34 EDTMONMonsanto announces $365M debt offering
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January 15, 2015
17:44 EDTMONMonsanto's weed control technology deregulated by USDA
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13:20 EDTMONMonsanto gets U.S. approval for engineered soybean, cotton seeds, WSJ reports
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10:00 EDTCFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTDOWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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05:44 EDTCFCF Industries upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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January 14, 2015
16:08 EDTDOWDow Chemical initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Target $50.
January 13, 2015
09:52 EDTDDDuPont workers exposed to lethal chemicals for years, Houston Chronicle reports
DuPont workers may have been exposed to potentially lethal chemical for years due to malfunctions with a exhaust and ventilation system inside its La Porte pesticide plant, reports the Houston Chronicle. The company had a catastrophic release that killed four people on November 15. But according to reports filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, it appears no one ever alerted officials with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration smaller, but still significant levels of toxic gas released during troubleshooting activities. Reference Link
January 12, 2015
19:44 EDTAGUPotash marketing firm reaches supply agreement with Sinofert
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18:29 EDTDDDuPont to sell Theater business after proxy fight with Trian, WSJ says
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12:02 EDTSYT, MON, DD, CF, AGUUSDA cuts 2014 corn output estmate on lower yields
In its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, or WASDE, report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said its U.S. feed grain supplies for 2014/15 are now projected lower, with a reduction in corn production more than offsetting an increase in sorghum. Corn production is estimated 191M bushels lower, though yield and production both remain records, USDA noted. Publicly traded companies in the space include Agrium (AGU), Andersons (ANDE), Archer Daniels (ADM), Bunge (BG), CF Industries (CF), Compass Minerals (CMP), DuPont (DD), Intrepid Potash (IPI), Monsanto (MON), Mosaic (MOS), Potash (POT) and Syngenta (SYT). Reference Link
10:00 EDTSYTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded at BMO Capital... Aimco (AIV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded at Evercore ISI... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Alon USA Energy (ALJ) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... AvalonBay (AVB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... CBS (CBS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... China Mobile (CHL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at ... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded at KeyBanc... Daimler AG (DDAIF) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Diamond Resorts (DRII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... FMC Corporation (FMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... HomeAway (AWAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... LabCorp (LH) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... M.D.C. Holdings (MDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded at RBC Capital... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Peugeot (PUGOY) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Radware (RDWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded at BB&T... Ryland Group (RYL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SL Green Realty (SLG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Solera (SLH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Positive from Mixed at OTR Global... Vale (VALE) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Volvo (VOLVY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Windstream (WIN) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee.
09:20 EDTDOWFord announces new collaboration with DowAksa for automotive carbon fiber
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08:58 EDTSYTSyngenta upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak
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06:52 EDTCFAnalyst says oil price decline to hurt banks, NY Times reports
As a result of the decline in oil prices, banks in energy producing states will at least suffer a loan growth slowdown and may also see some defaults, Charles Peabody, a banking specialist at Portales Partners said, according to The New York Times. Banks that could be significantly affected by low oil prices include BOK Financial (BOKF) Cullen/Frost (CF), Zions Bancorporation (ZION) , Prosperity Bancshares (PB) 7%, and Comerica (CMA) 7%, BMO Capital stated last December 1. Reference Link
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