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November 15, 2012
10:09 EDTBG, ADM, SZYMSolazyme surges after announcing new partnerships
Solazyme (SZYM) is rallying after the company yesterday after the market closed announced that it had launched a new partnership with Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), and said that it would expand its joint venture with Brazilian agribusiness company Bunge Limited (BG). Under Solazyme's deal with Archer Daniels Midland, the two companies will produce algal oils in Archer's advanced fermentation plant. Solazyme hopes to produce 20,000 metric tons of oil at the facility in 2014, and expand to 100,000 metric tons in subsequent years, the company said. Meanwhile, Solazyme and Bunge agreed to expand their joint oil production to 300,000 metric tons from their previous target of 100,000 metric tons. The companies have also decided to produce additional types of oils, including edible oils, that will be sold in Brazil. In separate news, Solazyme reported a lower than expected third quarter earnings per share loss, but its revenue fell shy of expectations. In a note to investors earlier today, Jefferies analyst Laurence Alexander wrote that Solazyme has multiple catalysts, including the deals with Bunge and Archer Daniels, and the launch of additional partnerships in North and South America. The analyst raised his price target on the stock to $23 from $22 while maintaining a Buy rating. Conversely, Piper Jaffray analyst Mike Ritzenthaler lowered his price target on the stock to $5 from $9. Noting that Solzayme reduced its fiscal 2012 revenue guidance, Ritzenthaler questions whether there will be sufficient demand for the company's oils as it expands its capacity. The analyst maintained an Underweight rating on the shares, which jumped $1.21, or 17.07%, to $8.30 in early trading.
News For SZYM;ADM;BG From The Last 14 Days
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February 12, 2016
09:59 EDTADMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Aegerion (AEGR) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Archer Daniels (ADM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Best Buy (BBY) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Boeing (BA) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... CSX (CSX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... Comstock Resources (CRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... EV Energy (EVEP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... FNFV (FNFV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Flowers Foods (FLO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Goldcorp (GG) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Group 1 Automotive (GPI) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... HSBC cuts Sprint (S) to sell, says competitors may make turnaround difficult... KAR Auction (KAR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... LINN Energy (LINE) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... LPL Financial (LPLA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Legacy Reserves (LGCY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Memorial Production (MEMP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... NetApp (NTAP) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Nu Skin (NUS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Oceaneering (OII) downgraded on multiple headwinds at RBC Capital... Och-Ziff Capital (OZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Stone Energy (SGY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Vanguard Natural (VNR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg.
09:59 EDTBGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aircastle (AYR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Allegion (ALLE) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Bunge (BG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... CAE (CAE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Coeur Mining (CDE) upgraded on valuation, financial outlook at BMO Capital... Commerzbank (CRZBY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... ConAgra (CAG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Equifax (EFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Fresenius SE (FSNUY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg... IAC (IAC) upgraded on share repurchase prediction at Stifel... IAMGOLD (IAG) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... Pandora (P) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Quintiles (Q) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Quotient Technology (QUOT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Suncor (SU) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Time Inc. (TIME) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Vonage (VG) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at FBN Securities... Web.com (WEB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.
08:27 EDTADMArcher Daniels downgraded on challenging outlook at Argus
As noted earlier, Argus downgraded Archer Daniels to Hold from Buy. The firm downgraded the stock after the company reported weaker than expected Q4 results, as it believes that the company is facing significant macro headwinds.
07:51 EDTADMArcher Daniels downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus
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06:24 EDTBGBunge upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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February 11, 2016
06:37 EDTBGBunge reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.49, consensus $1.59
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February 9, 2016
12:04 EDTBG, ADMUSDA raises corn supply forecast by 35M bushels
In its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, the USDA raised its corn ending stocks estimate for 2015/16 by 35M bushels. The projected range for the corn season-average farm price is narrowed 5 cents on both ends to $3.35 to $3.85 per bushel. Publicly traded companies in the Agriculture and Fertilizer spaces 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).
February 8, 2016
08:52 EDTADMArcher Daniels to acquire Moroccan processing facility from Tate & Lyle
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February 2, 2016
10:20 EDTADMArcher Daniels to acquire controlling stake in Harvest Innovations
Archer Daniels Midland said it has reached an agreement to purchase a controlling stake in Harvest Innovations, a company involved in minimally processed, expeller-pressed soy proteins, oils and gluten-free ingredients. Harvest Innovations uses expeller pressing to turn grains, legumes and oilseeds into minimally-processed, non-GMO, organic, gluten-free ingredients. Harvest Innovations is based in Indianola, Iowa, and has a second processing facility in Deshler, Ohio. ADM anticipates closing the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, in the coming months.
10:02 EDTADMArcher Daniels falls sharply after earnings
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09:52 EDTADMArcher Daniels says 'couple hundred million' in 2016 budget for bolt-on M&A
Archer Daniels said that for 2016 it is budgeting for CapEx around $1B, adding that it "always" has a "little bit" reserved for potential bolt-on acquisitions, "probably a couple hundred million dollars." In terms of divestments, executives said the company has "achieved a lot already in terms of divestitures" and is "not planning for a large divestitures number" in 2016.
09:29 EDTADMArcher Daniels sees 2016 environment similar to second half of 2015
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09:28 EDTADMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Michael Kors (KORS), up 17.3%... Mattel (MAT), up 6.9%... Mallinckrodt (MNK), up 4.3%... Alphabet (GOOGL), up 5%... Dow Chemical (DOW), up 3%... UPS (UPS), up 2.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Netflix (NFLX), up 1.1% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Hansen Medical (HNSN), up 18.8% after announcing FDA clearance of Magellan Robotic Catheter eKit. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Integrated Device (IDTI), down 20%... BP (BP), down 8.5%... Royal Caribbean (RCL), down 7%... Waddell & Reed (WDR), down 5.5%... Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), down 5.5%. ALSO LOWER: Twitter (TWTR), down after being downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... American Campus (ACC), down 1.1% after 15.6M share Spot Secondary priced at $41.25... Horsehead (ZINC), down 47.6% after filing for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware.
09:15 EDTADMArcher Daniels says 'prudent' spending kept capex near low end of guidance
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07:07 EDTADMArcher Daniels says adverse market conditions continued in Q4
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07:06 EDTADMArcher Daniels raises dividend 7% to 30c per share
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07:05 EDTADMArcher Daniels reports Q4 adjusted EPS 61c, consensus 64c
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February 1, 2016
17:25 EDTADM3M elects two new board members
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14:48 EDTADMArcher Daniels volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Archer Daniels February weekly call option implied volatility is at 65, February is at 40, March is at 45; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 39, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 2.
14:32 EDTADMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Exxon Mobil (XOM), consensus 64c... Pfizer (PFE), consensus 52c... United Parcel Service (UPS), consensus $1.42... Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 70c... Emerson Electric (EMR), consensus 51c... Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM), consensus 66c... Baxter (BAX), consensus 32c... Sirius XM (SIRI), consensus 3c... Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL), consensus 92c... Ally Financial (ALLY), consensus 51c... Michael Kors (KORS), consensus $1.46... ADT Corp. (ADT), consensus 46c.

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