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February 12, 2014
11:44 EDTMAS, LPX, OC, PPGOwens Corning hits 52-week high after better than expected results
Shares of building materials maker Owens Corning (OC) are soaring after the company reported fourth quarter results that easily surpassed expectations. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Owens Corning reported Q4 adjusted earnings per share of 44c and revenue of $1.28B, compared to expectations of 27c and $1.21B, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company announced it will reinstate a quarterly dividend of 16c per share, and expects to deliver $500M in adjusted EBIT in 2014 based on its current outlook for an improving U.S. housing market and moderate global growth. The decision to declare a dividend conveys the confidence of the board of directors in the company's long-term financial outlook and cash flow generation, the company stated. ANALYST REACTION: Following the report, research firm Wedbush reiterated an Outperform rating and 12-month price target of $44 on the shares. Wedbush reaffirmed its positive stance on Owens Corning due to the company's strong earnings performance, the reinstatement of a dividend, and the more than 20% growth in EBIT expected for 2014. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Owens Corning soared $5.23, or 13.2%, to $44.97 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $45.62. Despite today's strong move, the stock has gained only about 3% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Others in the building materials space include Masco Corporation (MAS), PPG Industries (PPG), and Louisiana-Pacific (LPX).
News For OC;MAS;PPG;LPX From The Last 14 Days
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November 26, 2014
10:11 EDTLPXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21Vianet (VNET) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Agrium (AGU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cinemark (CNK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Topeka... Copa Holdings (CPA) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Ctrip.com (CTRP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Cubic (CUB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Helix Energy (HLX) downgraded at Morgan Stanley... Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... U.S. Silica (SLCA) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
06:00 EDTLPXLouisiana-Pacific downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
RBC Capital downgraded Louisiana-Pacific to Underperform saying OSB lumber prices are likely to remain at "depressed" levels over the next year due to high inventory levels. RBC believes shares are overvalued given the price environment and keeps a $13 price target for shares. Louisiana-Pacific closed yesterday up 39c to $15.89.

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