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  • uploads///PotashCorp Analysts NTM Recommendation and Target
    Miscellaneous

    Analysts’ April 2017 Recommendations and Targets for PotashCorp

    PotashCorp (POT), the largest producer of potash fertilizers in North America, has fallen 7.0% year-to-date (or YTD).

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Gross Income and Gross Margin
    Materials

    Is This Why CF’s Stock Has Rallied?

    Like CF Industries’ (CF) sales, its margins are also expected to expand YoY (year-over-year) in Q2 2018 and the next four quarters.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///FebSoybeanTChart
    Miscellaneous

    Soybean Prices Might Continue on the Downward Channel

    March soybean futures contracts were trading near the support level of $8.70 per bushel on February 23. Prices fell for the second consecutive trading day.

    By Sean Brown
  • uploads///Agriums Next Four Quarters EBITDA Estimates
    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Look at Earnings Estimates for Agrium in 2017

    Over the next four quarters ending in 3Q17, Agrium’s EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) margin is estimated to expand to 12%.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Labor Market Situation in the US
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Kocherlakota said the FOMC could have done more for labor markets

    In evaluating the FOMC’s performance over the past three years, Kocherlakota mentioned that the unemployment rate fell to 5.6%.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Intrepid Potash Next  Month EBITDA and Margin Estimates
    Earnings Report

    Intrepid Potash’s Margins Are Expected to Expand in 2017

    For each of the next four quarters, Intrepid Potash’s EBITDA is estimated to grow YoY. For 1Q17, analysts estimate EBITDA of $2.6 million.

    By Adam Jones
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    Materials

    Can Freeport-McMoRan’s 2Q16 Earnings Justify Its Rally?

    Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) is expected to release its 2Q16 earnings on July 26. In this series, we’ll explore what Wall Street analysts expect from FCX’s 2Q16 earnings.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///How Fertilizer Stocks Have Performed Against ETF XLB
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Was Morgan Stanley’s Call on Mosaic Already Priced In?

    Phosphates and potash have been significantly lower year-over-year. It appears that investors already priced in the limited upside for Mosaic well before the downgrade.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Non farm Payrolls and Unemployment Rate
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Non-farm payrolls, average hourly earnings rise

    US non-farm payrolls rose by 295,000 in February 2015 from a downwardly revised January number of 239,000 compared to 257,000 reported earlier.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Retail Crop Nutrient Shipments
    Materials

    How Did Agrium’s Retail Shipments Perform in 2Q16?

    Agrium’s (AGU) Retail segment’s shipments declined by 0.03% to 4.84 million tons in 2Q16, down from 4.86 million tons in 2Q15.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Potash Corporations Sales Declines Yet Again in Q
    Earnings Report

    PotashCorp Meets Sales Estimates in 3Q16

    PotashCorp’s 3Q16 sales PotashCorp’s (POT) business comprises the three major fertilizers—nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium (XLB). In 3Q16, the company earned about 38% [1. calculated as segment sales excluding freight, transportation and distribution costs divided by total sales excluding freight, transportation, and distribution costs] of its total sales from its Potash segment, 32% from its Nitrogen segment, and 30% from […]

    By Adam Jones
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    Miscellaneous

    A Quick Look at a Few Chemical Companies in 2016

    In this series, we’ll take a look at the performances of a few top chemical companies and how the policies of Trump and Clinton could impact those companies.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///N Demand
    Materials

    How Much Demand Will There Be for Nitrogen in the Near Term?

    According to CF Industries, nitrogen prices could remain under pressure as new capacities come online in 2017. However, the company believes that things should improve in 2018.

    By Adam Jones
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    Materials

    Dow Chemical and Sadara Announce Start-Up of Mixed Feed Cracker

    On August 29, 2016, Sadara Chemical (SADARA), a joint venture of Dow Chemical (DOW), and Saudi Aramco announced the start-up of its mixed feed cracker.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///NovWheatTChart
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Could Wheat Prices Rise Due to Weak Export Demand?

    Weak export and domestic demand sentiment among high supply and availability might keep the pressure on wheat prices.

    By Sean Brown
  • uploads///Next  Month Analysts Ratings and Price Target for POT
    Materials

    PotashCorp’s Price Target before It Reports Its 2Q16 Earnings

    Since the beginning of 2016, analysts have revised their next-12-month price target for PotashCorp downward. The consensus price target now stands at $15.70.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Phosphate Capacity Additions
    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Near-Term Outlook for Phosphate Fertilizers’ Capacity Additions

    For phosphorous fertilizers, 2018 will be the year in which the biggest capacity additions will occur, according to PotashCorp (POT).

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///us steel versus aks
    Company & Industry Overviews

    U.S. Steel or AKS: Which Is a Better Play on Spot Steel Prices?

    Almost 60% of U.S. Steel’s US flat steel sales are either spot or have monthly or quarterly resets and would enjoy the benefits of higher spot steel prices.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///Stock Price and Earnings
    Earnings Report

    What You Need to Know from CF Industries’ 4Q15 Earnings Conference

    CF Industries Holdings’ (CF) stock rose by almost 8.4% on February 18, 2016, the day after the company’s 4Q15 earnings release.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///last cash flows
    Earnings Report

    Cash Flows Improve for US Steel Industry in Challenging Market

    Of the three forms of cash flow, operating cash flow is the most important for a company. Let’s explore the trend in various steel companies’ cash flow metrics in 2Q15.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///Major US Indexes Making New Highs
    Fund Managers

    Why J.P. Morgan Believes the Market Rally Could Pause

    Various US indexes such as the S&P 500 Index (SPY), the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA), and the NASDAQ Composite have performed well since the US election.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///EPS vs actual
    Earnings Report

    Inside Cliffs Natural Resources’ Solid 4Q16 Earnings, Big Stock Surge

    Cliffs Natural Resources’ results for 4Q16 were hugely positive and beat the market expectations by a wide margin.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Earnings Report

    Freeport-McMoRan Plans to Cut Its Debt by $10 Billion—But How?

    During the 4Q15 earnings conference call, Freeport-McMoRan’s CEO, Richard Adkerson, stated the company would “take immediate steps to reduce debt to enhance shareholder value.”

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///Spot steel prices
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Multiyear Low US Steel Prices are Not Helping Matters for Cliffs

    Most of Cliffs Natural Resources’ revenues and earnings are tied to the US steel industry. Steel prices are also a component of Cliffs’ pricing formula.

    By Anuradha Garg
  • uploads///Fertilizer Affordability
    Materials

    How the Fertilizer Affordability Index Trended Last Week

    Last week, the Fertilizer Affordability Index was unchanged week-over-week at 0.7x.

    By Adam Jones
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    Materials

    Freeport-McMoRan’s Technical and Fundamental Indicators

    Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) closed at $10.54 on September 21. It rose almost 6% from its closing the previous day. The stock has gained 2.4% in September.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///CFs Sales and Growth
    Earnings Report

    Why CF Industries’ Sales Rose in 1Q17

    For 1Q17, CF Industries’ (CF) sales rose 3% year-over-year to $1.04 billion from $1.0 billion in 1Q16.

    By Adam Jones
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    Earnings Report

    What Analysts Expect from Century Aluminum’s 3Q15 Earnings

    According to data compiled by Bloomberg, Century Aluminum is expected to post revenues of $445.7 million in its 3Q15 earnings release. In 2Q15, it had net revenues of $523.5 million.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///Potash Segment Gross Margins in Q
    Materials

    How Producers’ Potash Segments Trended in 4Q17

    Due to the increase in potash prices this year, the overall potash segment margins for five companies discussed below expanded as much as 9% to 29% from 20% on average.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Fertilizer Affordability
    Materials

    Fertilizer Affordability Pressure Eased Last Week

    While the Fertilizer Affordability Index was below one, it’s still higher compared to the average levels observed since January 2016.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Fertilizer Companies Weekly Performance
    Miscellaneous

    Fertilizer Prices and Input Cost Movements as of April 15

    Fertilizer prices constitute the biggest factor impacting the performance of fertilizer companies. In this series, we’ll see how NPK prices and the prices of raw materials changed in the week ended April 8, 2016.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Fertilizer Affordability
    Materials

    Fertilizer Affordability Update for the Week Ending January 26

    Last week, the fertilizer affordability showed some positive momentum week-over-week.

    By Adam Jones
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    Earnings Report

    Copper Executives Chime In on Copper Industry Outlook

    Though the long-term copper outlook seems much better compared to steel and iron ore, there seems to be more short-term pain as is apparent in the falling copper prices.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///Aluminum
    Earnings Report

    Rio Tinto: In-Line Aluminum, More-than-Expected Bauxite Production

    Rio Tinto (RIO) and Alcan combined in 2007 to form Rio Tinto Alcan, a global leader in the aluminum industry. Its fully integrated facilities include high-quality bauxite mines…

    By Anuradha Garg
  • uploads///part  surplus
    Materials

    Is the Projected Surplus Weighing on Copper This Year?

    Copper’s apparent demand has been better-than-expected this year on the rise in Chinese construction activity coupled with an increase in the country’s bonded stocks.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Fund Managers

    Must Know: What Value Can Elliott Management Add to Alcoa?

    Elliott Management noted that it plans to engage in a “constructive dialogue” with Alcoa’s (AA) board regarding Alcoa’s split transaction and “additional available opportunities to maximize shareholder value.”

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///part
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Carl Icahn’s Big Plans for Freeport-McMoRan

    Announcing his 8.5% stake in Freeport-McMoRan, Carl Icahn said that he plans to discuss capital expenditures and more with Freeport management.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///China Demand
    Materials

    How’s the Fertilizer Market in China?

    Recently, China has been moving towards a zero growth policy. The country aims to reach zero growth in using agricultural chemicals by 2020.

    By Adam Jones
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    Materials

    Praxair Secures a New Long-Term Contract

    Praxair has entered into a long-term agreement to supply oxygen for Fulcrum BioEnergy’s Sierra BioFuels Plant in Storey County, Nevada.

    By Peter Neil
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    Materials

    How’s the Raw Material Market Impacting Steel Prices in 2016?

    Steel production is raw material–intensive in nature. Iron ore, steel scrap, and coking coal are the key raw materials that go into steel production.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///Aluminum
    Earnings Report

    New Smelter to Keep Rio’s Aluminum Production Strong

    Currently, the aluminum industry is plagued with overcapacity amid weakening demand. This has led many players to announce capacity curtailments in 2016.

    By Anuradha Garg
  • uploads///part  demand
    Company & Industry Overviews

    US Steel Demand: The Latest Indicators

    Steel demand is a key driver of steel companies’ performances, and the construction sector accounts for almost 40% of US steel demand.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///Part  APD
    Materials

    Air Products and Chemicals’ New Plant in China Begins Operations

    On December 5, 2017, Air Products and Chemicals (APD) announced the beginning of operations of its new plant in the Pukou Economic Development Zone (PKEDZ) in Nanjing in Eastern China.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///part  future asset sales
    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Would Future Asset Sales Mean for Freeport-McMoRan?

    Although additional asset sales would be positive for Freeport-McMoRan, we might not see a big pop in prices similar to the Morenci transaction.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///PSH
    Fund Managers

    4Q14 Updates to Pershing Square Holdings

    Pershing Square Holdings filed its fourth quarter 13F last month. The fund’s US long portfolio rose to $16.04 billion, from $13.4 billion in 4Q14.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • uploads///US Non Farm Payrolls in May
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the US Non-Farm Payroll in May Has Many Concerned

    The US May jobs report indicated weak improvement in the US labor market.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Profit Margins Vary across the Aluminum Value Chain

    The profit margins vary across the aluminum value chain. Upstream aluminum producers’ earnings depend on their position on the cost curve.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///MON
    Fund Managers

    Monsanto Is Dropped from TPG-Axon’s Portfolio

    Monsanto’s net sales for fiscal 2Q15 fell 11% on a year-over-year basis to $5.19 billion.

    By Stuart McKenzie
  • uploads///SMG Valuation Multiple versus Peers Median
    Earnings Report

    Analyzing Scotts Miracle-Gro’s Valuation Multiple

    As of April 24, Scotts Miracle-Gro (SMG) was trading at a forward PE multiple of 22.5x. In recent months, Scotts Miracle-Gro’s valuation rose.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Fertilizer Affordability
    Materials

    Are Fertilizers Getting Expensive?

    Last week’s upward momentum in the Fertilizer Affordability Index may indicate that fertilizers are getting somewhat expensive.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Brazils Fertilizer Imports
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Brazil’s Fertilizer Imports during Political Turmoil

    Despite the political instability, fertilizer imports into Brazil saw an overall increase year-over-year in 2016.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Key Fertilizer Price Levels
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Fertilizer Capacity Expansion Means for Prices

    Due to the current low price scenario, companies like PotashCorp (POT), Agrium (AGU), and CF Industries (CF) have moved to lower cost production facilities to protect profitability.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Chart
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    SPY Heavily Weighed Down by the Energy and Materials Sectors

    All the component sectors except utilities in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) fell in yesterday’s trade. The Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE) fell 2.5%.

    By Renee Blakely
  • uploads///Fertilizer Players
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Who Are the Biggest Players in the Fertilizer Industry?

    There’s a handful of big players in the agricultural fertilizer industry. Setting up business requires huge capital, which makes for a high barrier to entry.

    By Adam Jones
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    Earnings Report

    What Do Aluminum Executives Think about the Industry Outlook?

    While aluminum demand is still rising, there are varying estimates about aluminum consumption.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///Aluminum
    Materials

    A Look at Rio Tinto’s Aluminum Production in 1H16

    Rio Tinto (RIO) and Alcan combined in 2007 to form Rio Tinto Alcan, a global leader in the aluminum industry.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Capacity Curtailments Could Help Increase Alcoa’s Cost Positioning

    Alcoa is working to reduce the unit production costs for its plants. If this is not possible, the company could idle these plants.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///lower steel
    Earnings Report

    Lower Steel Prices Dent AK Steel’s 4Q14 Earnings

    AK Steel’s average selling prices dropped by ~10% as compared to 3Q14. Revenues increased by ~25% as compared to 3Q14, due to shipments from Dearborn Works.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Miscellaneous

    Wall Street: Oil Bulls’ New Friend

    On February 14–21, XLE rose 0.8%—the third-lowest rise among the SPDR ETFs that break the broad market into subsectors.

    By Rabindra Samanta
  • uploads///part  analyst
    Materials

    Analysts’ Recommendations on Alcoa before 2018

    Three analysts rated Alcoa stock as a “strong buy,” seven analysts rated it as a “buy,” and four analysts rated it as a “hold” or some equivalent.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///Dividend Coverage Ratio
    Materials

    Filtering Down to Top 4 Agriculture Dividend Stocks in December

    In this concluding part of the series, we’ll filter down to the top four dividend stocks in this industry (XLB).

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///US volumes
    Earnings Report

    Can the Robust US Steel Market Boost Cliffs’ US Volumes?

    Cliffs’ US volumes totaled 6.9 million long tons in 4Q16, which represents an impressive growth of 53% YoY.

    By Anuradha Garg
  • uploads///part  eps
    Materials

    U.S. Steel’s Q2 Revenues Not Enough to Beat Estimates

    U.S. Steel’s 2Q16 earnings came in better than what analysts were expecting. However, the company missed consensus revenue estimates.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///last
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Copper Surplus Widens as Chinese Production Rises Unabatedly

    The surplus adds to existing copper inventories. The ICSG estimates that the copper inventory at major exchanges totaled 497,431 tons at the end of May.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///PArt  APD
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Air Products and Chemicals Has Something New for Glass Manufacturers

    On July 12, 2017, Air Products and Chemicals (APD) launched a new oxy-fuel burner. The product is primarily targeted at glass manufacturers.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///part  china demand
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Chinese Steel Demand Indicators Improve: For How Long?

    Since China is the world’s largest steel consumer, it’s important for investors in steel companies (XLB) to keep track of Chinese steel demand indicators.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///part  share prices
    Earnings Report

    Will Freeport-McMoRan’s 4Q15 Earnings Calm Worried Investors?

    Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) is expected to release its 4Q15 earnings on January 26. The company’s earnings will come as the company fights for survival.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///china new construction starts
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Key Chinese Real Estate Indicators Investors Should Track

    Let’s look at some Chinese real estate indicators. In the first six months of 2015, construction was started on 674.79 million square meters in China, a year-over-year decline of 15.8%.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///Part  Q Pre
    Earnings Report

    How Has Dow Chemical Stock Performed after 2Q16 Earnings?

    Dow Chemical (DOW) is set to report its 3Q16 earnings in a conference call with securities analysts on Thursday, October 27, 2016, before the markets open.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///CF Industries Gross Margin Estimates
    Earnings Report

    Will CF Industries’ Margins Contract in 3Q16?

    Most of CF’s gross margin contribution comes from ammonia. In 2Q16, the ammonia segment’s gross margin accounted for about 41% of CF’s total gross margin.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Mosaics Segments Shipments
    Materials

    How Did Mosaic’s Shipments Trend in 2Q17?

    In 2Q17, Mosaic (MOS) delivered positive shipment growth in each of its segments.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Mosaic Analysts NTM Recommendation
    Miscellaneous

    Changes in Mosaic’s Recommendations and Price Target in March

    PotashCorp (POT) and Agrium (AGU), Mosaic (MOS) has a high concentration of recommendations, with 11 analysts recommending a “hold” over the next 12 months.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Retail Crop Nutrient Shipments
    Earnings Report

    What Is in Store for Agrium’s Retail Shipments in 2016?

    Agrium earns about 73% of its revenue and 65% of its gross profit from its Retail segment. Of this, the domestic market makes up the majority of the company’s Retail segment sales.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Global Corn Stock to Use Ratio
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Corn Inventory Reaches High of 21.3%, Affects Fertilizers

    The global corn stock-to-use ratio tells us the inventory level of corn across the globe, offering insight on the near-term future of fertilizer companies.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Intrepid Potash Next  Month Revenue Estimates
    Earnings Report

    Intrepid Potash’s Sales Are Expected to Keep Falling

    Analysts expect Intrepid Potash’s sales to be $35.6 million in 1Q17. For fiscal 2017, analysts expect the company’s sales to be $148.5 million.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Stock Price and Earnings
    Earnings Report

    How Agrium’s 4Q15 Earnings Beat Analysts’ Estimates by 10%

    Agrium, one of the major agricultural fertilizer retailers, reported 4Q15 earnings per share of $1.52. This beat analysts’ estimates of $1.38, resulting in a 10% positive surprise.

    By Adam Jones
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    Earnings Report

    What Agrium Has to Say about the Market in 2016

    Agrium’s management expects 12.5 million–13.5 million tons of exports from China in 2016. We believe this should support Agrium’s nitrogen margins.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///alcoa downstream acquisitions
    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Will Alcoa’s Downstream Business Play Out?

    Alcoa has been strengthening its downstream business by making multiple acquisitions to grow its value added business. Earlier this year, Alcoa announced the acquisition of RTI Metals (RTI).

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///Henry Hub Natural Gas Spot Price
    Miscellaneous

    Natural Gas Prices Were Subdued Last Week

    Based on data provided by the EIA last week, average weekly natural gas prices at Henry Hub rose by an average of 1.2% to $2.95 per MMBtu.

    By Adam Jones
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    Consumer

    Analyzing David Einhorn’s Top Sells in 3Q17

    Although General Motors has been the top holding of Einhorn’s portfolio for a long time, he reduced some of his position in the stock in 3Q17.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///part  ebitda
    Materials

    Forget 2Q16: Real Action Could Be in Freeport-McMoRan’s 2H16 Earnings

    According to consensus estimates, analysts expect Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) to post adjusted EBITDA of ~$1.0 billion in 2Q16.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///part  stld
    Earnings Report

    Will Lower Shipments Dent Steel Dynamics’ 4Q15 Earnings?

    Steel Dynamics has historically enjoyed higher capacity utilization ratio as compared to other steel companies, including ArcelorMittal, AK Steel, and Nucor.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///Part  Q
    Earnings Report

    Why Analysts Expect Dow Chemicals’s Operating EPS to Fall in 4Q16

    At the end of 3Q16, DOW had purchased 7.8 million shares amounting to $416 million under its $9.5 billion share repurchase program.

    By Peter Neil
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    Financials

    Gundlach: Invest in Industrials, Materials, Financial Sectors

    “Industrials, materials, and financials are the sectors. . .you want to be invested in,” said Jeffrey Gundlach recently in a CNBC interview.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • uploads///Part
    Materials

    Praxair Stock Continues to Surge beyond November

    Praxair (PX) stock had a decent performance in November, closing at $120.3, which reflects a gain of ~3.7% in one month.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Title Chem
    Materials

    Dow Chemical Unleashes New Investment Plans

    On September 12, Dow Chemical, part of DowDuPont (DWDP), announced debottlenecking and capacity expansion plans in its silicones business.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Weekly US crude oil production
    Miscellaneous

    Will US Oil Production Pressure Crude Oil Futures?

    February WTI crude oil futures contracts fell 0.9% to $63.73 per barrel on January 16. Brent oil futures fell 1.6% to $69.15 per barrel on the same day.

    By Gordon Kristopher
  • uploads///Iran crude oil production
    Energy & Utilities

    Crude Oil Futures and Wall Street Extends the Rally

    US crude oil futures contracts for February delivery also rose 0.6% to $62.01 per barrel on January 4, 2018—the highest settlement since December 2014.

    By Gordon Kristopher
  • uploads///DWDP Revenue Q Post
    Materials

    DowDuPont’s Q3 Revenue Grew but Fell Short of Estimates

    DowDuPont (DWDP) reported Q3 2018 revenues of $20.12 billion, an increase of 10.0% over its pro forma revenues of $18.29 billion in Q3 2017.

    By Peter Neil
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    Miscellaneous

    How Has Oil Influenced Energy ETFs in the Last Week?

    US crude oil active futures rose 5% in the trailing week, which might have been behind the upsides in energy sector ETFs.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Materials

    Air Products and Chemicals Increased the Q1 Dividend

    Air Products and Chemicals has declared a dividend of $1.16 per share, which represents an increase of ~5.5% on a YoY (year-over-year) basis.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///EMN Recommendations
    Materials

    Eastman Chemical: Analysts’ Recommendations

    For Eastman Chemical, 61% of the analysts recommended a “buy,” while 39% recommended a “hold.” None of the analysts recommended a “sell.”

    By Peter Neil
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    Materials

    DowDuPont Board Approves Materials Science Division Separation

    In a press release on March 8, DowDuPont (DWDP) made an announcement that its board of directors has approved the separation of DowDuPont’s Materials Science division.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  CHEM LIN
    Materials

    Praxair to Expand with New Hydrogen Plant in Louisiana

    In a press release on February 28, Praxair announced the construction of new hydrogen plant in Louisiana.

    By Peter Neil
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    Materials

    Air Products and Chemicals Completes Acquisition of ACP Europe SA

    In a press release today, Air Products and Chemicals (APD) announced that it had completed its acquisition of ACP Europe SA.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///DWDP Q  Dividend Yield
    Materials

    How Good Is DowDuPont’s Dividend Yield?

    DowDuPont’s dividend yield has been on an upward trend due to the decline in its stock price.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  CHEM LIN
    Materials

    Praxair Started the New Syngas Plant in Geismar

    On February 18, Praxair, the wholly owned subsidiary of Linde (LIN), announced that it completed the Syngas plant in Geismar, Louisiana.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Title Chem
    Materials

    Corteva Agriscience Provided Its 2019 Guidance

    On February 21, Corteva Agriscience, DowDuPont’s (DWDP) agriculture division, provided its 2019 guidance in its sell-side analyst meeting.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  CHEM LIN
    Materials

    Praxair to Double the Neosho Plant’s Capacity

    Linde stock rose 4.5% and closed at $168.54. The stock traded 5.2% above the 100-day moving average price of $160.21.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Title
    Materials

    DowDuPont Declared Its Quarterly Dividend

    DowDuPont declared a dividend of $0.38 per share, which indicates that there isn’t a change in the dividend rate year-over-year.

    By Peter Neil
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