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April 3, 2013
10:26 EDTMON, DDMonsanto CEO says deal with DuPont 'improves confidence' in outlook
Says both dividends and buybacks will be used to return value to shareholders. Says will be "more aggressive" returning cash to holders based on company's increased confidence.
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March 30, 2015
07:51 EDTDDDuPont says on track to complete Chemours spinoff in mid-2015
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07:39 EDTMON, DDRecord soy plantings seen weighing on prices, WSJ says
Analysts expect soybean acreage to rise 3% from last year to 85.9M acres and corn to fall 2% to 88.7M acres, according to a survey by The Wall Street Journal taken ahead of a U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast due Tuesday. Many are betting that further soy production increases will trigger steep declines in futures, the report noted. Publicly traded companies in the agriculture and fertilizers 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
07:24 EDTMONSusquehanna to hold a conference
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06:36 EDTDDFidelity pressuring DuPont, Trian to settle proxy battle, Reuters says
A major investor in DuPont (DD), Fidelity Investments, is pressuring the chemicals maker and activist fund Trian Fund Management to end their proxy fight, according to Reuters, which cited unnamed sources. Fidelity owns a 2.5% stake in DuPont, the news service stated. Reference Link
March 26, 2015
07:25 EDTMONMonsanto volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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March 25, 2015
08:20 EDTDDTrian files definitive proxy statement for DuPont annual meeting
Trian Fund Management, L.P., one of the largest stockholders of DuPont, which currently beneficially owns approximately 24.6 million DuPont shares valued at approximately $1.8B, filed a definitive proxy statement with the SEC for the election of Nelson Peltz, John H. Myers, Arthur B. Winkleblack and Robert J. Zatta to DuPont’s Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 13. Trian also today released “Meet Trian’s Nominees,” videos which introduce Trian’s four highly qualified director candidates and highlight their decades of relevant experience and track records of stockholder value creation that would benefit DuPont. The videos also detail how Trian works collaboratively with boards and management teams, and why that makes a difference for stockholders. The nominees discuss their view that DuPont must improve operating performance, increase accountability to stockholders, tie pay directly to performance, and be more transparent, among other topics.
March 23, 2015
13:39 EDTMONMonsanto addresses assessment on glyphosate by IARC
Monsanto Company further addressed last week’s assessment on glyphosate by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. “We are outraged with this assessment,” said Dr. Robb Fraley, Monsanto’s Chief Technology Officer. “This conclusion is inconsistent with the decades of ongoing comprehensive safety reviews by the leading regulatory authorities around the world that have concluded that all labeled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health. This result was reached by selective ‘cherry picking’ of data and is a clear example of agenda-driven bias.” The repeated safety assessments by regulatory authorities over the last three decades have formed the foundation for the long history of safe, highly effective use of this important agricultural tool in more than 160 countries around the world. Decisions regarding product safety and approvals for pesticides are governed by regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the European Commission, as well as independent scientific advisory bodies such as the European Food Safety Authority. IARC has no regulatory authority and its decision does not impact glyphosate’s label, current registration or use. “Safety is the top priority for every person who works at Monsanto. Glyphosate-based herbicides on the market meet the rigorous standards set by the regulatory and health authorities who work every day to protect human health, and we want our customers and consumers to be assured of these evaluations,” Fraley added. In contrast to the comprehensive review that regulators around the world have completed over three decades, IARC issued its classification based on a limited data review after hours of discussion at a one-week meeting. Further, IARC is one of four programs within the WHO that have reviewed the safety of glyphosate and their classification is inconsistent with the assessments of the other programs. Two of the WHO programs – the Core Assessment Group and the International Programme on Chemical Safety – both concluded glyphosate is not carcinogenic. The WHO Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality program concluded glyphosate does not represent a hazard to human health.
12:17 EDTMONOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:21 EDTDD, MONOrigin Agritech shares spike higher after report of possible takeover interest
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11:07 EDTMONMonsanto weakness on Glyphosate WHO claims overblown, says Piper Jaffray
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09:46 EDTMONScotts Miracle-Gro slips after report on Monsanto herbicide
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06:22 EDTDDDuPont 'strongly recommends' holders to vote the WHITE proxy card
DuPont announced that it has filed definitive proxy materials with the SEC in connection with DuPont's Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which is scheduled to be held on May 13. DuPont shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 17 will be entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. The DuPont board strongly recommends that shareholders vote on the WHITE proxy card "FOR" all 12 of DuPont's directors. In conjunction with the definitive proxy filing, DuPont is mailing a letter to shareholders detailing the significant progress and accomplishments achieved under the leadership of the DuPont board and management team. The letter also addresses Trian Fund Management's high risk agenda for DuPont to break itself up and add excessive debt to the company, which the DuPont board has carefully reviewed and determined would destroy value.
March 22, 2015
16:22 EDTDD, MONChina looks to develop seed program to fend off foreign competition, WSJ says
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14:27 EDTMONWHO says herbicide marketed by Monsanto likely carcinogenic, WSJ says
A World Health Organization agency said Friday that Glyphosate, a herbicide marketed by Monsanto under the Roundup brand and other companies, has the potential to cause cancer in humans, says the Wall Street Journal. Monsanto contested the findings saying that glyphosate is safe if used as recommended by its label and that decades of extensive study have proven its safety, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
March 20, 2015
09:24 EDTDDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Ctrip.com (CTRP), up 20.1%... Rally Software (RALY), up 17.3%... Nike (NKE), up 5.2%... Darden Restaurants (DRI), up 4.3%... Cheetah Mobile (CMCM), up 3.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Prothena (PRTA), up 40.2% after reporting positive results from Phase 1 study of PRX002... Viggle (VGGL), up 26.9% after confirming receipt of offer from chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman... Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), up 8.5% after announcing new data analyses from FLINT trial... Biogen Idec (BIIB), up 9.7% after presenting positive interim results from study of aducanumab... Pier 1 Imports (PIR), up 5.2% after being upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... JinkoSolar (JKS), up 2.8% after announcing that it will supply 75 MWdc of its PV solar modules to Red Horse 2 project and following a strategic collaboration agreement with DuPont (DD). DuPont is up just under 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: AK Steel (AKS), down 6.8%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), down 4.9%... Tiffany (TIF), down 3.3%. ALSO LOWER: Macerich (MAC), down 7.7% after Simon makes $95.50 per share "best and final" offer.
07:06 EDTDDJinkoSolar and DuPont sign strategic collaboration agreement
JinkoSolar (JKS) announced that it has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with DuPont (DD), which reflects the companies' interests in furthering the growth and adoption of efficient and reliable solar generated electricity. Areas of potential collaboration include technical development efforts to support continued improvements in the efficiency, durability and reliability of solar cells and panels, including through development and supply of advanced materials including DuPont Solamet PV19x series photovoltaic metallization pastes and DuPont Tedlar polyvinyl fluoride films, as well as co-marketing collaborations aimed at promoting the broader and faster adoption of solar energy to help address the world's growing energy needs.
March 18, 2015
14:37 EDTMONMonsanto and midwest, southeast wheat farmers reach settlement agreement
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13:19 EDTDDDuPont management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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March 17, 2015
13:39 EDTDDDuPont breaks below its 50-day moving average, levels to watch
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05:50 EDTDDStocks with implied volatility movement; DD NFLX
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