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March 1, 2013
08:05 EDTMON, DD, CF, AGU, SYT, DOWCitigroup'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.
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October 10, 2014
12:05 EDTSYT, AGU, MON, DD, CFUSDA raises U.S. corn production estimate to 14.475B
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10:01 EDTDDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:43 EDTDDDuPont upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies upgraded DuPont to Buy citing the pullback in shares and its belief the company's capital return program should sustain low-teens earnings growth. The firm raised its price target for shares to $84 from $72.
October 9, 2014
10:00 EDTDOW, DDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:20 EDTDDArchitectural Record to hold a conference
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October 8, 2014
16:29 EDTDOW, DDU.S. Chemicals sector initiated with an Overweight at RBC Capital
RBC Capital started the U.S. Chemicals sector with an Overweight rating citing the growth of shale gas. The firm lists ethylene stocks LyondellBasell (LYB), Westlake Chemical (WLK) and Dow Chemical (DOW) its top picks in the space. RBC views coatings stocks as good ways to play the pending recovery in construction, and has Outperform ratings on Sherwin-Williams (SHW) and PPG Industries (PPG). RBC put its only Underperform rating in the sector on Axiall (AXLL), citing the company's short ethylene position and leverage to single-family housing.
16:20 EDTDDDuPont initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital
Target $71.
16:19 EDTDOWDow Chemical initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital
Target $66.
11:10 EDTCFOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:29 EDTMONMonsanto targets at least double ongoing EPS by FY19
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08:08 EDTMONMonsanto sees Q1 earnings roughly half last year, FY15 growth concentrated in Q3
Monsanto said, "As its business has expanded globally over the past several years, the company has seen its earnings flow evolve between quarters. This trend continues in FY15 as the company anticipates an overall shift in its full-year earnings pattern, as several structural factors result in a full-year earnings flow with a smaller first quarter and a concentration of growth in the third quarter. With macro conditions resulting in lower planted acres for key regions in both corn and cotton in the quarter, combined with a timing shift as the company moves more of its Agricultural Productivity business to branded-product sales, Monsanto expects its first quarter will be roughly half of the total earnings from the first quarter of 2014. Beyond the first quarter, the biggest first half timing effect relates to the evolution in its Channel seed brand business model that is expected to shift business timing from the first and second quarters to the third quarter. The company expects second quarter earnings to be relatively flat year-over-year with a significant uptick in third quarter earnings reflecting the timing shifts and business growth in its largest markets. The earnings flow is punctuated by a fourth quarter that is expected to be break-even to positive year-over-year on an absolute basis."
08:06 EDTMONMonsanto reports Q4 Seeds and Genomics sales $1.376B
Reports Q4 Agricultural Productivity sales $1.254B. Hugh Grant, chairman and CEO for Monsanto, said, “In an industry that’s particularly near-term focused right now, there are few companies as well positioned to deliver strong growth today while significantly increasing investments to enable the continued delivery of a broad range of innovative solutions for tomorrow.”
08:04 EDTMONMonsanto sees FY15 EPS $5.75-$6.00, consensus $6.03
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08:02 EDTMONMonsanto reports Q4 ongoing EPS (27c), consensus (24c)
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October 7, 2014
15:16 EDTMONNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:08 EDTMONMonsanto technical notes ahead of earnings
In the prior three months the shares have underperformed, dropping nearly 14% in price. The trend has been bearish with a few volatile upside attempts which did not hold. Ahead of results, the stock has broken below an important support at the $110 area. This level has held as support since early March of this year. A continued breakdown below it on negative news would snap the 5-year uptrend line which has support at $110. Support levels to watch as potential downside objectives are at $105.45, $99.98, and $96.11. A break of the long-term uptrend line would be long-term bearish for share price. If the news surprises on the upside, resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives are at $115.39, $118.99, and $121.85.
14:33 EDTMONMonsanto October weekly 108 straddle priced for 3% move into Q4
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09:03 EDTCFCF Industries volatility elevated into Yara CEO resigns amid CF merger talks
CF Industries (CF) overall option implied volatility of 34 is above its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into Yara (YARIY) announcing its CEO resigned amid CF merger talks.
08:13 EDTCFYara likely to buy CF for up to 30% premium, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes the potential merger between Yara (YARIY) and CF Industries (CF) will be structured as Yara buying CF with 75% stock, 25% cash and up to a 30% premium or $360 per share. The firm sees limited upside for Yara shareholders and keeps an Underperform rating on the stock. This morning, the company announced the resignation of its CEO and said merger talks with CF continue.
06:31 EDTCFYara International CEO resigns amid CF merger talks
Yara International (YARIY) announced that Torgeir Kvidal has been appointed acting CEO effective today, and Jørgen Ole Haslestad has resigned as CEO. "Yara's Board have concluded that Haslestad is not the right person to lead the company going forward, also in light of the on-going talks with CF Industries (CF). Haslestad would not have a role in a potential merged company," says Leif Teksum, Chairman of the Yara Board of Directors. "The discussions with CF Industries will continue with Kvidal leading the Yara team, with support from the Board and in particular from me as Chairman," says Teksum. Kvidal has served as CFO since May 2012.
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