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March 20, 2013
05:55 EDTPPG, PPG, PPG, RDSMY, RDSMY, RDSMY, ARKAY, ARKAY, ARKAY, SYT, SYT, SYT, HUN, HUN, HUN, EMN, EMN, EMNNomura to host a conference
Global Chemical Industry Leaders Conference is being held in Venice, Italy on March 21-22 and has a pre-conference dinner on March 20.
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September 12, 2014
14:49 EDTSYTSyngenta says Cargill suit without merit
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14:09 EDTSYTSyngenta sued by Cargill over sale of unapproved GMO seeds in China
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06:08 EDTEMNEastman Chemical guidance concerns unwarranted, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says shares of Eastman Chemical (EMN) yesterday fell 1% despite the accretive acquisition of Taminco (TAM) due in part to concerns the company's guidance implied no free cash flow growth in 2015. Deutsche views the concerns as unwarranted and says the stock's valuation is compelling at current levels. The firm thinks the acquisition of Taminco is financially attractive and keeps a Buy rating on Eastman with a $100 price target.
September 11, 2014
12:16 EDTEMNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. Initial jobless claims, reported prior to the open, did little to stoke buying after coming in higher than expected. The market has drifted off its lows of the session but the averages once again remain range bound. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 11K to 315K in the week ended September 6, versus expectations for them to tick down slightly to 300K. The Federal budget for August is scheduled to be reported at 2:00 pm ET, with a deficit of $130.0B forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of yoga-inspired apparel maker lululemon (LULU) rose over 15% after the company reported better than expected second quarter results and increased its fiscal year guidance. Meanwhile, shares of another well-known retailer, RadioShack (RSH), advanced 16% after its own quarterly report, despite acknowledging it will need additional capital to complete its turnaround and that it may need to pursue a bankruptcy filing. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was JDSU (JDSU), which advanced 11% after announcing last night that it plans to separate into two publicly traded companies, namely an optical components and commercial lasers one and another focused on network and service enablement. This morning the stock was upgraded at RBC Capital to Outperform, as the firm believes that the split should enable the entities to streamline their costs and that the shares could reach a $40 value over the long-term. Also higher was Taminco (TAM), which rose nearly 11% and traded above the $26.00 per share price it agreed to in striking a deal to be acquired by Eastman Chemical (EMN). Of note, the deal includes a "go shop" provision under which Taminco may solicit alternative acquisition proposals for a thirty day period. Following the announcement, Eastman shares rose a bit over 1%. Among the noteworthy losers was E2open (EOPN), which plunged 30% and was downgraded at Pacific Crest and Northland after the company pre-announced Q2 results and issued weaker than expected 2015 revenue guidance. Also lower were shares of China's 21Vianet (VNET), which fell 17% after the company hosted a conference call to discuss the recent allegations made by a short seller. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 40.49, or 0.24%, to 17,028.22, the Nasdaq was down 12.73, or 0.28%, to 4,573.80, and the S&P 500 was down 3.66, or 0.18%, to 1,992.03.
12:03 EDTSYTUSDA raises U.S. corn yield forecast to record
In its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, or WASDE, report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's corn yield forecast is raised 4.3 bushels per acre to a record 171.7 bushels. Corn production for 2014/15 is forecast 363 million bushels higher at a record 14,395 million bushels. Total 2014/15 corn usage is projected at 13,605 million bushels, up 170 million from last month. Although a record, usage is expected up just 5 million bushels from 2013/14 as export prospects remain constrained by large foreign carryin stocks, the USDA wrote. Publicly traded companies in the agriculture space include Agrium (AGU), Andersons (ANDE), Archer Daniels (ADM), Bunge (BG), CF Industries (CF), Compass Minerals (CMP), DuPont (DD), Intrepid Potash (IPI), Monsanto (MON), Mosaic (MOS), Potash (POT) and Syngenta (SYT).
10:48 EDTEMNTaminco up 11%, Eastman up 1% after announcing deal
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10:44 EDTEMNEastman Chemical to host conference call
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10:35 EDTEMNEastman Chemical says Taminco deal includes 'go-shop' provision
Eastman Chemical said its Taminco acquisition was approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies and is subject to certain conditions, including a thirty day "go shop" period in which Taminco may solicit alternative acquisition proposals, required regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The majority stockholder of Taminco has agreed, subject to certain conditions, including the Taminco Board's continuing recommendation of the transaction, to vote its shares of Taminco's common stock in favor of the acquisition. As a result, no further stockholder approvals will be required to complete the acquisition. The transaction is expected to close by year-end 2014.
10:34 EDTEMNEastman Chemical to acquire Taminco for $26.00 per share cash
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10:32 EDTEMNTaminco announces agreement to be acquired by Eastman Chemical
Taminco (TAM) announced a definitive agreement to be acquired by Eastman Chemical (EMN) for $26.00 per share, for a total transaction value of approximately $2.8B in cash. The transaction was approved by the Board of Directors of Taminco and the Board of Directors of Eastman. The merger agreement includes a 30-day "go-shop" period, during which Taminco, with the assistance of Morgan Stanley, its financial advisor, will actively solicit, receive, evaluate and potentially enter into negotiations with parties that offer alternative proposals. For a 15-day period following the termination of the go-shop period, Taminco will be permitted to continue discussions and enter into or recommend a transaction with any person that submitted a qualifying superior proposal during the 30-day period. There are no guarantees that this process will result in a superior proposal. The transaction is expected to close in Q4, subject to receipt of written approval by a majority of Taminco's shareholders, the receipt of regulatory approvals, the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions and assuming that the go-shop process does not result in an alternative superior proposal.
10:32 EDTEMNEastman Chemical to acquire Taminco in $2.8B deal
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10:30 EDTEMNTaminco announces agreement to be acquired by Eastman Chemical
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10:04 EDTEMNEastman Chemical trading halted, pending news
September 10, 2014
10:00 EDTHUNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: African Barrick Gold (ABGLY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Raymond James... Callon Petroleum (CPE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Coach (COH) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Hartford Financial (HIG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Huntsman (HUN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Imperva (IMPV) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... L Brands (LB) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Marcus (MCS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Noodles & Company (NDLS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Sunoco Logistics (SXL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Triangle Petroleum (TPLM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS.
07:13 EDTHUNHuntsman upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
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06:55 EDTHUNHuntsman upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
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06:40 EDTHUNEC approves Huntsman's acquisition of Rockwood's titanium dioxide businesses
Rockwood (ROC) announced that the European Commission has approved the previously announced sale of its Titanium Dioxide Pigments and four other non-strategic businesses to Huntsman (HUN) for an enterprise value of $1.275B, including the assumption of $225M in pension obligations. The European Commissionís conditional approval follows Huntsman entering into an agreement to sell its TR52 ink grade business to Henan Billions Chemicals. The transaction with Henan is expected to close shortly after the European Commissionís approval of the buyer. The Rockwood businesses being sold include Titanium Dioxide Pigments, Color Pigments & Services, Timber Treatment Chemicals, Rubber/Thermoplastics Compounding, and Water Chemistry. This transaction is expected to close in late September or early October.
06:35 EDTHUNHuntsman $1.1B deal for Rockwood unit approved by EU, Reuters says
The European Commission approved Huntsman's (HUN) proposed $1.1B buyout offer for Rockwood's (ROC) titanium dioxide pigment division after agreeing to sell its global TR52 unit, according to Reuters, citing comments from the EU antitrust watchdog. Reference Link
September 8, 2014
07:21 EDTHUNKeyBanc to hold a conference
2014 Basic Materials & Packaging Conference to be held in Boston on September 8-10.

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