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June 20, 2014
11:27 EDTMAS, BECN, PGEM, OC, LPX, AWIOwens Corning slips after roofing prompts lower earnings outlook
Shares of building materials maker Owens Corning (OC) are falling after the company cut its guidance for its full-year 2014 earnings before interest and taxes. WHAT'S NEW: Owens Corning reduced its FY14 EBIT outlook to $416M from $500M as well as slashed its roofing volumes guidance for the first half of this year to be 20% lower than volumes in the same period of last year. The company expects to recover a portion of this volume shortfall in the second half of the year, but noted that continued weakness in the second quarter has introduced further uncertainty in the FY14 financial outlook for the company's roofing business. The company continues to see improvement in the year-over-year performance of both its insulation and composites businesses. Earnings growth in these two businesses is expected to more than offset the weaker financial performance in the roofing business year-over-year, Owens Corning noted. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Three days ago, Goldman upgraded the building products sector to Attractive from Neutral based on reduced expectations and accelerating U.S. macroeconomic conditions. The firm said that non-residential construction is at an inflection and it expects existing homes sales growth to increase. As part of the sector change, the firm upgraded Armstrong World (AWI) to Conviction Buy from Buy and downgraded Ply Gem (PGEM) to Sell from Neutral. OTHERS TO WATCH: Others in the building materials space include Masco Corporation (MAS), Beacon Roofing Supply (BECN) and Louisiana-Pacific (LPX). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of Owens Corning fell $1.90 or 4.6%, to $39.40. Meanwhile, Masco was down 1.8%, Beacon Roofing Supply was down 3.6% and Ply Gem was down 0.6%.
News For OC;BECN;AWI;PGEM;MAS;LPX From The Last 14 Days
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December 15, 2014
16:52 EDTAWIArmstrong World appoints ValueAct partner Gregory Spivy to board
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December 12, 2014
14:26 EDTOCOwens Corning management to meet with Wedbush
Meeting with Management is being held in Denver on December 16 hosted by Wedbush.
December 11, 2014
07:56 EDTAWIArmstrong World exits European flooring business
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December 10, 2014
07:40 EDTLPXBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
2014 U.S. Basic Materials Conference is being held in Boston on December 10-11.
December 9, 2014
10:23 EDTLPXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:39 EDTLPXNorbord, Ainsworth merger positive for Weyerhaeuser, says Citigroup
Citigroup views yesterday's merger announcement from Norbord and Ainsworth Lumber as positive for Weyerhaeuser (WY) and the oriented strand board market. Citi expects positive OSB earnings momentum for Weyerhaeuser as prices rebound in 2015-2016. Shares were up 58c yesterday to $36.11. Shares of Louisiana-Pacific (LPX), which attempted to acquire Ainsworth in 2013, rallied $1.33 to $16.83.
06:38 EDTLPXLouisiana-Pacific downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow
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December 8, 2014
12:15 EDTLPXLouisiana-Pacific jumps after Canada's Norbord to buy Ainsworth
Louisiana-Pacific is trading higher today after Canada's Norbord and Ainsworth Lumber announced that they have signed a definitive agreement under which they will merge to create a global wood products company focused on oriented strand board across North America, Europe and Asia. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Louisiana-Pacific was planning to takeover Ainsworth Lumber earlier this year, but backed away from the deal due to increased scrutiny from U.S. and Canadian regulators. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Louisiana-Pacific are up almost 10% to $16.99 in midday trading.

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