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July 23, 2014
13:51 EDTPOT, MOSEarnings Preview: Potash sees Q2 earnings per share 40c-45c
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (POT) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, July 24, with a conference call scheduled for 1:00 pm ET. Potash is an integrated fertilizer and feed products company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $1.68B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 42c-50c on revenue of $1.56B-$1.79B. LAST QUARTER: Potash reported first quarter EPS of 40c against estimates for 35c, on revenue of $1.68B against estimates for $1.49B. On its Q1 earnings report, the company forecast Q2 EPS of 40c-45c, compared to consensus of 49c. FY14 EPS was seen at $1.50-$1.80, compared to consensus of $1.65. Potash said, "Given a slightly improved potash pricing and demand outlook, we have increased our annual estimate for potash gross margin to $1.1-$1.3 billion and sales volumes to 8.3-8.7 million tonnes. Our estimates include the benefit of our Canpotex allocation run at Allan, which is nearing completion. With results to this point surpassing our initial expectations, we anticipate our Canpotex entitlement will exceed 53 percent for the second half of 2014...In nitrogen, recent pricing strength has improved the near-term outlook. We anticipate typical seasonal trends will result in slightly weaker margins through the second half of 2014, although our higher sales volumes expectations should partially offset this impact. For the full year, we anticipate total gross margin will remain historically high but trail 2013's total. In phosphate, we expect prices for all products to be below those of 2013." STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been cautious in the weeks leading up to Potash’s Q2 earnings report. On July 9, JP Morgan downgraded Potash to Neutral from Overweight citing valuation with shares near the firm's unchanged price target of $38. JPMorgan preferred Mosaic (MOS) at current valuation levels. The firm believed falling crop prices in anticipation of high domestic corn and soybean supplies could weigh on Potash shares. On May 21, Raymond James downgraded Potash to Market Perform from Outperform due to valuation. PRICE ACTION: Potash shares have made modest gains since the company's Q1 report, but are down over 5% over the past twelve months. In afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's Q2 report, Potash’s shares are up 0.5%.
News For POT;MOS From The Last 14 Days
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October 24, 2014
10:03 EDTPOTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Align Technology (ALGN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Brandywine Realty (BDN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Carpenter Technology (CRS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Check Point (CHKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded at ISI Group... Digital Realty (DLR) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... EQT Corporation (EQT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Education Realty (EDR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Invacare (IVC) upgraded at KeyBanc... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Logitech (LOGI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Lorillard (LO) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... NCR Corp. (NCR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Old National Bancorp (ONB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Plexus (PLXS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Potash (POT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Reliance Steel (RS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Swift Transport (SWFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Vulcan Materials (VMC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup.
08:35 EDTPOTPotash upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities
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
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 16, 2014
14:13 EDTPOT, MOSU.S farmers use less fertilizer this autumn as crop prices fade, Reuters says
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