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May 22, 2014
07:36 EDTMOS, ADM, INGR, AGU, CF, POTBMO Capital to hold a conference
2014 Farm to Market Conference to be held in New York on May 21-22 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 22 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
News For MOS;ADM;INGR;AGU;CF;POT From The Last 14 Days
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October 23, 2014
10:22 EDTMOSMosaic upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
06:08 EDTPOTPotash sees 'strong customer engagement' in Q4
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06:07 EDTPOTPotash sees 2014 EPS $1.75-$1.85 vs. previous $1.70-$1.90
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06:05 EDTPOTPotash reports Q3 EPS 38c, consensus 42c
Reports Q3 revenue $1.64B, consensus $1.53B. The company said, "Although potash and nitrogen performance improved over last year's third quarter, higher tax expenses and weaker contributions from offshore equity investments weighed on results." Potash said sales volumes continued to outpace prior-year levels, with total shipments of 2.0M tonnes for Q3 and 6.8M tonnes for the first nine months exceeding the comparative periods by 29% and 8%, respectively.
October 22, 2014
14:05 EDTPOTEarnings Preview: Potash sees Q3 earnings per share 35c-45c
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October 20, 2014
12:36 EDTCFOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:32 EDTMOSMosaic upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital
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08:58 EDTMOSPartnerRe to provide $100M financing for Mosaic's home solar loan program
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October 17, 2014
05:10 EDTCFYara announces termination of merger discussions with CF Industries
Yara International ASA (YARIY) and CF Industries (CF) have terminated their discussions regarding a potential merger of equals transaction. Torgeir Kvidal, president and CEO of Yara International ASA stated, "This has been a constructive process, with solid work by both parties. We were able to identify significant structural and operational synergies, but in the end it became clear that we would not be able to agree on terms that would be acceptable to all stakeholders."
October 16, 2014
17:55 EDTCFCF Industries announces termination of merger talks with Yara International
CF Industries (CF) announced that the company and Yara International (YARIY) have terminated their discussions regarding a potential merger of equals transaction. “I want to thank the management team and Board of Directors of Yara International for their cooperation and professionalism throughout our discussions,” stated Tony Will, president and CEO, CF Industries. “Although we identified very significant operational and structural synergies, we were ultimately unable to agree on terms of a transaction that met the requirements of all our respective shareholders.” Will continued, “CF Industries has a strong stand-alone business plan and we are confident in the material increase in our cash flow generation as our capacity expansion projects come on-stream as scheduled. We remain fully committed to driving shareholder value creation by investing in high return projects while returning excess cash to stockholders through dividends and a substantial share repurchase program.”
14:13 EDTPOT, CF, AGU, ADM, MOSU.S farmers use less fertilizer this autumn as crop prices fade, Reuters says
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October 15, 2014
16:37 EDTINGROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The market opened sharply lower amid sliding oil prices, worse than expected economic data, and the potential for a major M&A deal to fall apart due to tax inversion rule changes. The Dow fell more than 350 points within the first 30 minutes of trading, but then bounced back to move above its opening level. The volatility did not end there, however, as the market swung several more times during the session. The S&P 500's drop wiped out its gains for the year at one point, but a late day rally significantly cut the losses for the major averages. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales, which were expected to be down 0.1% in September, actually fell 0.3% in the month and slipped 0.2% excluding autos. The Producer Price Index for final demand decreased a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in September from the prior month, marking the first decline in the measure in over a year. The core PPI reading, which excludes food and energy, was unchanged, versus expectations for a 0.1% rise. New York's Empire State manufacturing index fell 21.4 points to 6.2 in October, severely missing the expectation for a narrower pullback to a reading of 20. Business inventories rose 0.2% in August, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. In China, the consumer price index climbed 1.6% in September from a year earlier, which was below the consensus projection for 1.7% inflation and down from 2% inflation in August. China's PPI plunged 1.8% year-over-year in September, which was more than the 1.6% slide expected and an acceleration of the 1.2% year-on-year decline in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Shire (SHPG) plunged $74.08, or 30.29%, to $170.49 after AbbVie's (ABBV) board last night stated that it was reconsidering its recommendation that the company's shareholders back a takeover of Irish drugmaker in light of the potential impact of tax rule changes on the deal. During the day, Bloomberg reported that people familiar with the matter say AbbVie is close to abandoning its $51B takeover bid, while Shire announced that it has agreed to waive the requirement for three business days' notice for AbbVie's board to meet to consider its offer. In contrast, AbbVie ended the session up 50c, or 0.92%, at $54.63... Wal-Mart (WMT) held its annual meeting, during which it lowered its fiscal year 2015 net sales growth forecast to 2%-3%, citing a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The world's largest retailer also cut its planned retail square foot growth expectations, due to a moderation of large format store growth and accelerated e-commerce investments. Following the outlook revisions, Wal-Mart closed down $2.78, or 3.57%, to $75.20. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Penford Corporation (PENX), which jumped $7.60, or 69.15%, to $18.59 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ingredion (INGR) for $340M, or $19.00 in cash per share. Also higher was Southwestern Energy (SWN), which rose $2.59, or 7.82%, to $35.69 after it was among a number of oil and gas exploration and production names upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Among the noteworthy losers was Nu Skin (NUS), which dropped $4.47, or 9.13%, to $44.50 after the company disclosed new debt arrangements that come with certain restrictions, including restrictions on the payment of dividends. Also lower were shares of Covidien (COV), which fell $6.50, or 7.04%, to $85.86 in the wake of the news for Shire and AbbVie, which investors may have read as jeopardizing Covidien's deal to be bought by Medtronic (MDT). Note that on October 3 Medtronic announced that it intends to use approximately $16B in external financing to complete the acquisition of Covidien and said the strategic benefits of the transaction "remain compelling" despite the additional expense of the new financing. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 173.45, or 1.06%, to 16,141.74, the Nasdaq slipped 11.85, or 0.28%, to 4,215.32, and the S&P 500 fell 15.21, or 0.81%, to 1,862.49.
10:13 EDTINGRSeacor enters agreement in support of Penford's pending transaction
SEACOR Holdings (CKH), the owner of approximately 9.34% of the outstanding common stock of Penford Corporation (PENX), has entered into a Voting Agreement in support of Penford's pending merger with Ingredion Incorporated (INGR), announced by Penford. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Penford shareholders are to receive $19.00 per share in cash as merger consideration. Pursuant to the Voting Agreement, SEACOR has agreed, among other things, to vote the Penford shares it owns to approve the Merger Agreement, dated October 14, among Penford, Ingredion and Prospect Sub, and not to seek the election of SEACOR's nominees to the board of directors of Penford prior to termination of the Merger Agreement or the occurrence of certain other events.
08:05 EDTINGRIngredion sees Penford acquisition 10c-15c accretive to EPS in first year
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08:03 EDTINGRPenford to be acquired by Ingredion for $19 per share in all-cash transaction
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08:02 EDTINGRPenford to be acquired by Ingredion for $19 per share in all-cash transaction
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October 14, 2014
11:20 EDTINGRIngredion upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
October 13, 2014
12:31 EDTADMArcher Daniels to acquire Specialty Commodities for $170M
Archer Daniels Midland Company, or ADM, announced an agreement to purchase Specialty Commodities Inc., or SCI, a leading originator, processor and distributor of healthy ingredients, including nuts, fruits, seeds, legumes and ancient grains, for $170M, subject to post-closing adjustments. When the transaction closes, SCI will become part of ADM’s new WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients business unit. ADM anticipates closing the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, in the coming weeks.
October 10, 2014
12:05 EDTAGU, CF, MOS, POT, ADMUSDA raises U.S. corn production estimate to 14.475B
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