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April 15, 2014
11:44 EDTBHP, POTPotash Corp. advances after report says BHP could make new bid
Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT) shares are higher this morning following a report that indicated BHP Billiton (BHP) may make another bid for the company. BHP Billiton, a diversified natural resources company, previously tried and failed to buy Potash Corp., an integrated fertilizer and related products maker, in 2010, but failed the government's "net benefit test" and the Saskatchewan government opposed a deal. WHAT'S NEW: The Globe and Mail this morning reported that BHP could consider making a new bid for Potash Corp. The Canadian publication notes that a deal is "not a sure thing," but adds that owning Potash Corp. would be the best way for BHP Billiton to get into the potash business. The Globe and Mail said the value of the potential deal could be "more like $40B," though the "real" cost would be less. BHP has not expressed interest in Potash's operations in phosphate and nitrogen, according to the report, which speculates that BHP could possibly look to sell off those operations and could also look to mothball Potash Corp's $15B Jansen project in Saskatchewan. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The Fly notes that Jochen Tilk will become president and CEO of Potash Corp. on July 1. ANALYST REACTION: Miller Tabak upgraded shares of Potash to Neutral from Sell following the Globe and Mail report. PRICE ACTION: Potash Corp. shares trading in New York were up 60c, or 1.77%, to $34.49 in late-morning trading. Meanwhile, BHP Billiton shares trading in New York were down $1.35, or 1.9%, to $69.89.
News For POT;BHP From The Last 14 Days
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December 21, 2014
19:22 EDTBHPFalling commodity prices, valuations may spur rebound in mining deals, FT says
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December 19, 2014
10:17 EDTPOTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aviva (AV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... BioDelivery Sciences (BDSI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded at SunTrust... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... EPR Properties (EPR) upgraded to Hold from Underweight at KeyBanc... Ensco (ESV) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... First Marblehead (FMD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... GOL Linhas (GOL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Medical Properties Trust (MPW) upgraded to Hold from Underweight at KeyBanc... NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... NewStar Financial (NEWS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Orange SA (ORAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Parker Drilling (PKD) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Potash (POT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Teekay Tankers (TNK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tidewater (TDW) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Unum Group (UNM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... WPP PLC (WPPGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Tudor Pickering.
09:44 EDTPOTOTR Global upgrades Nitrogen and Potash/Phosphate
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05:46 EDTPOTPotash upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS upgraded Potash Corporation to Buy saying the company's new Rocanville and Picadilly operations will reduce production costs and improve free cash flow. UBS believes the current dividend yield of around 4% provides downside protection. It raised its price target for Potash shares to $48 from $38. The stock closed yesterday up 2c to $35.27.
December 15, 2014
09:31 EDTBHPRio, BHP looking to raise copper output, Reuters says
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08:34 EDTBHPBHP Billiton downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
RBC Capital downgraded BHP Billiton as the firm believes that the outlook for the company's cash flow metrics is weaker than its peers. The firm questions the timing of the company's South32 spin off and Four Pillars initiative, given potential structural issues affecting iron ore and oil.
December 11, 2014
08:16 EDTBHP, POTBHP sees potash as focus for growth in China, WSJ reports
Mining giant BHP Billiton said it is focusing on potash as an area of strategic growth in China, with Mike Henry, a president for BHP saying potash "can be our fifth pillar, adding to the four key markets of iron ore, oil and natural gas, copper and coal that the company had identified previously, reported The Wall Street Journal. Other publicly traded companies in the potash space include Agrium (AGU), Intrepid Potash (IPI), Mosaic (MOS), Potash (POT). Reference Link
December 10, 2014
15:08 EDTBHPFollow-up: BHP Billiton upgraded at CLSA
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15:05 EDTBHP, BHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
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12:04 EDTPOTUSDA lowers 2014/15 soybean ending stock forecast
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09:36 EDTPOTActive equity options trading
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07:56 EDTPOTUBS to hold a conference
Agriculture Investor Day is being held in Chicago on December 10.
December 8, 2014
06:11 EDTBHPBHP Billiton says new company to be called South32
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