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10/1/12JANA's Barry Rosenstein: Presentation on Agrium (Value Investing Congress) (market folly)

Today and tomorrow we're posting up in-depth notes from the Value Investing Congress.  Here's the presentation from Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners.  His talk was entitled 'JANA Partners' Activist Approach and a Current Idea.' JANA Pushes For Agrium (AGU) Split At the SALT Conference earlier this year, Rosenstein said that today is the best environment for activism he's seen.  His activist investment firm has targeted AGU and they're pushing for the company to split up its...

9/10/12The use of “grand master” events for waveform cross correlation (The Market Financial)

This is for the 2012 AGU Fall Meeting. AbstractMore than 90% of seismic events recorded at teleseismic and regional distances are from a few relatively small geographic regions, causing the distribution of seismic events in the Reviewed Event Bulletin ...

9/4/12JANA Partners: A Solid Record of Successful Ventures (Value Investing)

Barry Rosenstein's JANA Partners been increasing the pressure on the agriculture company, Agrium Inc (NYSE: AGU), JANA's largest holding and Agrium Inc (NYSE: AGU)'s largest single shareholder. The hedge fund is asking for a split of the company's wholesale and retail divisions.  JANA owns more than 6.5 million shares of Agrium Inc (NYSE: AGU) and this [...]

8/20/12Jana fires back on Agrium (Penny Stock DD)

The discourse between Agrium Inc. and its activist pursuer Jana Partners grew heated on Monday morning as the fertilizer producer delivered shareholders a complete update on its dealings with the hedge fund. The 12-page report detailed communications with Jana and concluded the company’s current strategy – keeping its retail division connected to the rest of [...]

8/20/12(AGU) Agrium Incorporated – Bull of the Day (Stock Blog Hub)

We are retaining our Outperform recommendation on Agrium, Inc. (AGU) following its strong second-quarter 2012 results. Adjusted earnings of $5.43 per share topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5.36, while profit surged 20% year over year to a record level. Revenues spiked roughly 10% on the back of strong demand for all crop input products. Agrium [...]

11/5/11Agrium Third Quarter Earnings 2011: Misses Expecations (Morningpick)

Agrium Inc. (AGU) announced consolidated net earnings of $293-million ($1.85 diluted earnings per share) for the third quarter of 2011, compared with the net earnings of $61-million in the third quarter of 2010 ($0.39 diluted earnings per share). This missed the 22 analysts' consensus of $1.93 EPS. Sales were $3,141 billion compared to $2,066 billion in 2010 for the same quarter. Agrium is providing guidance for the fourth quarter of 2011 of $1.80 to $2.30 diluted earnings per share. This...

10/5/11(AGU) Agrium Incorporated – Bull of the Day (Stock Blog Hub)

Agrium, Inc. (AGU) delivered net earnings of $4.54 per share in the second quarter of 2011, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.21. The strong quarter was supported by record high crop prices and overall strong fundamentals for agriculture and the crop input market. Recently, Agrium acquired Cerealtoscana S.p.A. (CT) and its subsidiary Agroport for $27 [...]

8/4/11(AGU) Agrium Reports Record Second Quarter Earnings (Stock Blog Hub)

Agrium Inc. (AGU) reported record net earnings of $718 million or $4.54 per share in the second quarter of 2011, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimates of $4.21 per share. It also exceeded the prior-year net earnings of $518.0 million or $3.28 per share. Excluding one-time charges, Agrium recorded net earnings of $728 million or $4.60 [...]

7/11/11標普處於超買回調階段 (Capital Essence's Investment Blog- 錢途集團 » Page not found)

從近期走勢來看,標普500指數目前處於短期超買回調階段。雖然市場短期或將進一步下跌,但標普總體技術面仍然有利,預計指數向圖中白綫所示移動平均綫的任何回調都將吸引買家入場。

6/20/11(AGU) Agrium Forecasts Better Second Quarter Earnings (Stock Blog Hub)

Agrium Inc. (AGU),a leading Canadian farm dealer and fertilizer producer, now expects its second-quarter 2011 diluted EPS from continuing operations (earnings per share) to be in the range of $4.10 to $4.40, up from its prior expectation of $3.38 to $3.88 diluted earnings per share. The increase in the forecast was attributable to very strong [...]

6/20/11Focus Stocks: AGU, NBR, S, HRBN, ACUR (Stock Wizard)

Agrium Inc. (NYSE: AGU) late Friday raised its second-quarter guidance. The company said that it expects to earn between $4.10 to $4.40 diluted earnings per share on continuing operations in the second quarter of 2011, or $5.12 to $5.42 for the first half of 2011. The significant increase from the previous guidance of $3.38 to $3.88 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the second quarter is due to very strong Retail performance and increasing nutrient pricing supported by...

5/31/11Global X Wants to Fertilize Your Portfolio (SOIL, CF, IPI, POT, AGU, SQM, MOO, CROP) (Wall Street Sector Selector)

NYSE:SOIL, NYSE:CF, NYSE:IPI, NYSE:POT, NYSE:AGU, NYSE:SQM, NYSE:MOO, NYSE:CROP

5/4/11(AGU) Agrium Eyes European Buy (Stock Blog Hub)

Agrium Inc. (AGU), a leading Canadian farm dealer and fertilizer producer announced the purchase of Italian fertilizer distribution company CerealToscana S.A. and its Romanian subsidiary, Agroport, for $27 million plus working capital. The combined companies have a stable financial record with gross sales of approximately $200 million. The companies sell an estimated 400,000 tonnes of fertilizer [...]

5/4/11Agrium, Inc. (NYSE: AGU): Q1 2011 Earnings Roundup (Stock Wizard)

Agrium, Inc. (NYSE: AGU) reported Wednesday that it swung to a first quarter profit of $171 million or $1.09 per share, compared to a net loss of $1 million or 1 cent per share in the prior-year quarter. On an adjusted basis, the company reported earnings of $1.03 per share in the latest quarter. Revenue jumped 60 percent to $2.95 billion from $1.85 billion in the same quarter last year. Analysts, on average, expected the company to report earnings of 91 cents per share on revenue of $2.33...

5/3/11Agrium Inc. (NYSE: AGU): Q1 Earnings Preview 2011 (Stock Wizard)

Agrium Inc. (NYSE: AGU), North America’s third- largest fertilizer maker by market value, is scheduled to release its first-quarter earnings before the opening bell on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Analysts, on average, expect the company to report earnings of 91 cents per share on revenue of $2.33 billion. In the year ago quarter, the company reported a loss of 4 per share on revenue of $1.80 billion. Agrium Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and markets agricultural...

2/8/11Agrium Inc. (NYSE: AGU): Q4 Earnings Preview 2010 (Stock Wizard)

Agrium Inc. (NYSE: AGU), North America’s third- largest fertilizer maker by market value, is scheduled to release its fourth-quarter earnings before the opening bell on Wednesday, February 9, 2011. Analysts, on average, expect the company to report earnings of $1.14 per share on revenue of $1.87 billion. In the year ago quarter, the company reported earnings of 19 per share on revenue of $1.44 billion. Agrium Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and markets agricultural...

12/30/10等待大盤迴調後逢低買進 (Capital Essence's Investment Blog- 錢途集團 » Page not found)

從我們目前的“交易地圖”來看,預計標普將在明年1月份的某個時候可能出現深度回調。不過,鑒於長期技術面依然看漲,修正階段過後市場或將創下歷史新高,屆時交易者可以逢低買進。

12/3/10Agrium, Potash Both Upgraded at UBS (AGU, POT) (Penny Stock DD)

Analysts at UBS on Friday got a bit more bullish on fertilizer producers Agrium Inc. ( AGU ) and Potash Corp. ( POT ). The firm said it boosted its price target on AGU to $100, implying a 20% upside to the stock's Thursday closing priceof $83.38. UBS also boosted its earnings estimates for the company [...]

11/24/10Potash, Agrium Up After Goldman Rating Reinstatement (POT, AGU, CAGC, CF, SYT, BHP) (tickerspy.com)

Potash (POT), the world's largest fertilizer company, and Agrium (AGU), a producer of agricultural nutrients, were both up Wednesday by more than 1% after the companies were reinstated with a neutral rating at Goldman Sachs, according to a report the firm released to clients. As a whole, the Agricultural Chemical and Fertilizer Stocks Index is [...]

11/5/10Ags Running Hot (CF, MOS, AGU (Benzinga)

The agricultural names are hot today, despite CF Industries (NYSE: CF) missing earnings yesterday. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU) is up $1.92 this morning to $87.06, a gain of 2.3%. Agrium Inc. produces and markets agricultural nutrients, industrial products, and specialty products worldwide, as well as involves in the retail supply of agricultural products and services in the Western Hemisphere. The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS) is up 76 cents to $71.76, a gain of nearly 1%. The Mosaic...

11/4/10Agrium Reports Disappointing Quarterly Results (Benzinga)

Agrium (NYSE: AGU) disappointed with a 3Q earnings miss, even after adjusting for natural gas hedges and stock-based compensation. A variety of factors hit earnings, including an 64-day extended shutdown in the South American nitrogen business, realized prices in the nitrogen business that were softer than anticipated, and a sequential deceleration in top-line growth in the retail business. Even as the potash market gradually recovered earlier this year, AGU's wholesale potash business...

11/3/10Agrium More Doubles Profit But Misses Estimates (AGU) (Benzinga)

Agrium Inc. (NYSE: AGU) on Wednesday morning released financial results that missed Wall Street expectations. Agrium Inc reported that its 3rd quarter net earnings more than doubled to $57 million, or 37 cents per share, up from $26 million, or 16 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding special items, the company earned 70 cents per share. Revenue rose to $2.01 billion, up from $1.84 billion a year earlier. A poll of analysts conducted by Thomson Reuters showed an average Wall...

10/25/10Joe Terranova Likes Agrium (AGU) And Mosaic (MOS), Dislikes Monsanto (MON) (Benzinga)

CNBC's Fast Money Joe Terranova said in the segment of the show called Pops & Drops, that Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) gained 2.73% today, as the company presented some positive reports on its seeds. Year to date Monsanto (MON) is under performing the agriculture space, and Joe Terranova thinks that the best way to trade ag space is with Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU) and The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS). He believes that investors should avoid Monsanto (MON). Mosaic Company (MOS) gained...

10/20/10Agricultural Stocks On Fire Today (AGU, CF, MOS) (Benzinga)

The agricultural group is on fire today, with strong gains across the board. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU) is up $3.27 to $86.66, a gain of nearly 4%. Volume is also strong today, as AGU has already traded 1.2 million shares. Agrium Inc., produces and markets agricultural nutrients. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF) is up $4.06 to $118.79, a gain of 3.5%. Volume is light on CF today, having only traded 1.2 million shares. The daily volume for CF is more than twice this. CF...

10/14/10Zeroing In On An Ag Stock (MOO, DBA, LNN, CRESY, AGU, DAR, CAT) (Wall Street Sector Selector)

Reporters have spilled a lot of headline ink on agriculture stocks’ bullishness after the last USDA crop estimate. Stocks such as irrigation equipment maker Lindsay Corp. (NYSE:LNN),(...)Read the rest of Zeroing In On An Ag Stock (MOO, DBA, LNN, CRESY, AGU, DAR, CAT) Copyright 2010 ETFDAILYNEWS.COM The copying, republication or redistribution of ETFDailyNews Content, including [...]

10/8/10Fertilizers Smelling Like Green This Morning (CF, AGU, MOS) (Benzinga)

The fertilizer stocks are smelling like anything but manure this morning, as they all are up sharply, on a weak corn crop report. CF Industries Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CF), Agrium Inc. (NYSE: AGU) and Mosaic Co. (NYSE: MOS) are all sharply higher after the USDA cut its corn estimate. These fertilizer stocks are among the biggest gainers on the NYSE today, gaining at least 5% for each of them. CF Industries manufactures and distributes nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products in North...

10/5/10Mad Money Lightning Round: Cramer Likes Aruba Networks And Public Service Enterprise, Prefers CF ... (Benzinga)

On CNBC's Mad Money, Jim Cramer said during the Lightning Round that he considers Aruba Networks (NASDAQ: ARUN) as a very hot stock. He added, “It's pulled back a little. I think you have a winner there. It's a little speculative, but I like it." For Agrium (NYSE: AGU), he said, "I think you'll get a pullback tomorrow. I'd buy some.” But Jim added that he prefers CF Industries (NYSE: CF) over AGU. Cramer said that he used to like Warner Chilcott (NASDAQ: WCRX). He then mentioned,...

10/4/10Citi Raises Estimates On Fertilizer Complex; Says BUY Agrium (AGU) (Benzinga)

Citi analysts released a research report on the North American fertilizer complex. The firm's analysts wrote, "We are raising EPS estimates for fertilizer producers to reflect improved demand and higher NPK prices than previously anticipated." In particular, Citi has raised its target multiples for Agrium (NYSE: AGU) and Mosaic (NYSE: MOS), in order "to reflect better visibility on application trends." The analysts also reiterated their BUY rating on AGU shares. Citi has raised its...

9/14/10Agriculture Stocks Sector Close-up for September 14th; (OTCBB: AQUM), (NYSE: AGU), (NYSE: MOS), (... (Penny Stock DD)

Sector Snapshot � Agriculture Stocks Aquamer Medical Corp. (OTCBB: AQUM) (DBA/ Urban Agricultural Corp.) trading at $0.15 Agrium Inc. Common Stock (NYSE: AGU) trading $73.64. down 0.64 (0.86%) 2:38PM EDT China Green Agriculture, Inc. (NYSE: CGA) trading at $8.54, down 0.08 (0.93%) 2:42PM EDT Converted Organics Inc. (NasdaqCM: COIN) trading at 0.41, [...]

8/30/10AGU Bear Call Spread ()

A simple mean reversion setup in the stock price of Agrium Inc. AGU is developing. Agriculture stocks have been ripping higher the last month. Continued market weakness should lead to pullbacks in the stocks over the next few weeks. Calls are juiced right now on most Ag stocks, meaning spreads that take advantage of theta decay should be favored now. Technically, the stock may have a bit more upside/consolidation in it, however a run higher above the $75 area seems unlikely as supply is...

8/21/10(AGU) Agrium Wants Expedient Merger (Stock Blog Hub)

Agrium Inc. (AGU) and AWB Ltd. have signed a definite agreement with respect to the merger proposed on Aug 15, 2010. AWB accepted Agrium's A$1.24 billion (US $1.19 billion) acquisition offer discarding Australian grain maker, GrainCorp Limited's all-stock proposal of A$885 million ($850 million). Agrium's all-cash $1.50 ($1.44)  per share, represents a 57% premium over [...]

3/12/10Profit From the Fertilizer Wars: POT, AGU, CF (Shocked Investor)

Agrium (AGU) today abandoned its long running CF acquisition soap opera. In response AGU stocks rises sharply, and CF drops. Will AGU's CEO remain in his post after such dreadful initiative? POT on the other hand, raised its guidance, and the stock soars. These are today's movers and shakers for sure. Lots of drama involved. These are prime situations for straddles, where investors can profit by the stock moving up or down, as long as they move the necessary amount. These moves are...

3/9/10Agruim Inc (AGU): An Undervalued Fertilizer Company (Part 4) (Value Investing Experiments)

This is the fourth  part of a series of posts relating to a thorough analysis of Agrium and what led to conclude that it was a company worth your attention for a further analysis. Part one can be found  here . Agrium Inc is a Canadian retailer and manufacturer of agricultural chemicals. Its main products are fertilizer and crop protection products. Although the company operates globally, the bulk of its operations are in the US and Canada. This, however, is...

2/2/10Agruim Inc (AGU): An Undervalued Fertilizer Company (Part 3) (Value Investing Experiments)

This is the third part of a series of posts relating to a thorough analysis of Agrium and what led to conclude that it was a company worth your attention for a further analysis. Part one can be found here . Dupont Model analysis Net profit margin: Between 2007 and 2008, the net profit margin went from 8.37% to 13.18%, a significant increase of almost 5%. In 2008, the industry had an average profit margin of 5.19%. This increase in profit margin is mainly due to savings in general and...

1/22/10Agruim Inc (AGU): An Undervalued Fertilizer Company (Part 2) (Value Investing Experiments)

This is the second part of a series of posts relating to a thorough analysis of Agrium and what led to conclude that it was a company worth your attention for a further analysis. Part one can be found here . Agricultural market fundamentals remain strong As we know, the price of fertilizer is closely related to the price of grains. The cereal harvest reached world record levels in 2008. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that 2,225...

1/21/10Agruim Inc (AGU): An Undervalued Fertilizer Company (Part 1) (Value Investing Experiments)

This is the first part of a series of posts relating to a thorough analysis of Agrium Inc. and what led to conclude that it was a company worth your attention for a further analysis. Agrium Inc. was founded in 1931. It started out as a fertilizer company called Cominco Fertilizers, Ltd. Over the years, Cominco grew larger and larger and started to diversify its range of products. The company went public in 1993 and decided to change its name to Agrium Inc two years later. Its...

11/8/09(AGU) Agrium’s Year-Over-Year earnings Declined a Significant 87% on Lower Volumes and Prices (Stock Blog Hub)

Agrium Inc. (AGU) reported adjusted net earnings of 29 cents per share in the third quarter of 2009, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 32 cents. Year over year, earnings declined a significant 87% on lower volumes and prices. Revenues were down 41% year over year to $1.9 billion on weak corn prices and lower [...]

9/24/09Agrium, Mosaic, and China: The Potash Wars (Shocked Investor)

Conflicting estimates. Agriums's CEO said that potash demand should increase in recent months even though prices are still high and have held up better than other fertilizers. He says demand growth will continue at historical levels of 3% per year s food grain demand continues to grow. Mosaic's CEO says his company would make a great acquisition "given its strengths and growth prospects". He is quick to add that the company has a 100-year reserves of potash. "Mosaic" is a very compelling...

7/17/09Potash Market Continues to Struggle - Agrium (AGU) Cuts Prices, Potash (POT) Says Inventories Sti... (Fund my Mutual Fund)

I am still interested in shorting someone in this group; but hopefully someone who is not the target of a buyout ;) I suppose the obvious candidate is Potash (POT) again. More bad news continues to leak out in this sector - on one hand this steady drumbeat of negative eventually will be "in the stocks" - for example Agrium is not down on this news of price cuts; on the other hand, I'd like some hedges to the downside and some of the charts are quite poor. Unfortunately, the knee jerk...

3/16/09Agrium Launches Exchange Offer For CF Industries (Navivest Stocks and Options Blog)

Monday March 16, 2009 Navivest Agrium (AGU) today said that it has begun an exchange offer for all of the outstanding shares of CF Industries (CF). Under the terms of the offer, shareholders of CF Industries would receive $31.70 in cash and 1 common share of Agrium for each CF share they tender. CF Industries shareholders also have [...]

3/13/09Agrium, Inc. (NYSE:AGU): Stock of the Day (Contrarian Profits)

Time to Load Up on Fertilizer Stocks? Springtime is usually the season when the farming community begins to spread fertilizer on their fields. Organic farmers typically use manure from farm animals, or some other form of organic compost. Large, commercial operations typically use ground potash, a rock mined in Canada and elsewhere. I’m not going to [...]

3/11/09Agrium, Inc. (NYSE:AGU): Stock of the Day (Investment U)

Agrium, Inc. (NYSE:AGU): Stock of the Day by David Fessler, Advisory Panelist, Investment U Time to Load Up on Fertilizer Stocks? Springtime is usually the season when the farming community begins to spread fertilizer on their fields. Organic farmers typically use manure from farm animals, or some other form of organic compost. Large, commercial operations typically use ground [...]

2/25/09Agrium Makes $3.6 Billion Offer For CF Industries (Navivest Stocks and Options Blog)

Wednesday February 25, 2009 Navivest Shares of fertilizer maker CF Industries (CF) are up $6.17 to $ 61.75 for a gain of 11.10% in midday trading after the company received a $3.6 billion dollar from Canadian competitor Agrium (AGU). CF Industries acknowleged that it has received the offer and in a statement, said “CF Industries’ board of directors [...]

2/25/09Agrium (AGU) Launches $3.6 Billion Bid for CF Industries (CF) (Fund my Mutual Fund)

Interesting news in the fertilizer sector, although not in stocks we own. CF Industries (CF) was at one time our largest holding in first half of 2008 (6%+ type of position) and the company is extremely cash rich as we proposed in October when every stock regardless of story was being obliterated. [Oct 28, 2008: CF Industries - Another Company That Could Take Itself Private in a Few Years] CF Industries (CF) is yet another fertilizer company whose valuation simply makes little sense. It...

12/16/08Trading Plan For Today - 12/17/08 (Navivest Stocks and Options Blog)

Wednesday December 17, 2008 Navivest We are looking for the stock market to extend yesterday’s gains, so traders can look to get into long trades today. Our commodity stock picks were some of the biggest winners yesterday and that’s where we would put money again today. So for those that did not get in yesterday, the trading ideas [...]

9/23/08(AGU) – Agrium – surprised on estimates 3 out of the last 4 quarters by an average of 57.04% (Stock Blog Hub)

Agrium's stock has been getting beaten up recently in the commodities sell-off but its earnings have been shining. Agrium has surprised on estimates 3 out of the last 4 quarters by an average of 57.04% as fertilizer prices have soared.Fertilizer prices continue to remain high making Agrium, with a forward P/E of only 5.82, an [...]

9/4/08Potash Stocks Still On Sale (Epiphany Investing)

I published an article last week that outlined my forecast for the potash/fertilizer kingpin stocks Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (NYSE: POT), Agrium (NYSE: AGU), and Mosiac (NYSE: MOS). My core thesis remains that the Ag/Oil dance, which has been intimate in their price movements, will start to break down. Potash, nitrogen, and the like are [...]

7/18/08Fertilizer (market folly)

UBS is either still behind the times or they have finally started creating earnings models that are at least somewhat accurate. Only reason I point this out is because they have raised price targets on Potash (POT) and Agrium (AGU) yet again. Just last month, UBS raised its price target on Potash from $250 to $285. Then, today (not even a month later), they are out raising their price target on Potash from $285 to $320. Additionally, a month ago UBS raised the target on Agrium (AGU). ...


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