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Global Potash Prices Set to Rebound in 2018, Bolstering Producer Stocks

After two years of record low prices, the global potash market is expected to rebound significantly in 2018—according to chemical equity analysts at Bernstein Research... Read More

Box Office Battle: 'Black Panther' targeting record breaking weekend

Opening this President's Day weekend is Disney (DIS) and Marvel's superhero film "Black Panther," starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, and Michael B. Jordan, which is expected to open in the $210M-$212M range over the four day weekend. Online ticket seller said that Black Panther is the company's largest pre-seller among all superhero films, and the fourth highest pre-seller of all time, behind the three most recent "Star Wars" movies. Sony's (SNE) live action/animated hybrid family film "Peter Rabbit"...

On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades

Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Biogen (BIIB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus with analyst David Toung citing increased competition for the company's multiple sclerosis drugs, anticipating related sales to slow from the fourth quarter when results were boosted by "one-time factors." 2. Omnicom (OMC) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital with analyst Steven Cahall downgraded Omnicom (OMC)...

Futures Slide As Dollar, 10Y Rebounds

When commenting on recent moves in the market, Nomura's Charlie McElligott correctly said that the culprit for the sharp move higher in stocks was the ongoing recent drop in the USD: I REALLY think that it was the USD breakdown which provided the most relief for US equities. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot index sits on the cusp of breaking-down to a new 3.5 year lows with a frightening amount of room to fall (no support til 1065—the 76.4% retracement of the 5 year BBDXY rally—which is another -4.5% move). Well, following today's barrage of data, which...

Sorrento rallies after Celularity raises $250M to develop cell therapies

Shares of Sorrento Therapeutics (SRNE) are rallying after Matthew Herper of Forbes reported that Celularity, a company spun out of Celgene (CELG), raised $250M with the aim of developing cells from placentas to attack tumors and to treat Crohn's disease. In his letter to shareholders February 5, Sorrento Therapeutics CEO Henry Ji highlighted Celularity. He wrote that one of the company's achievements in 2017 was entering into a joint venture, Celularity, with co-contributors and partners, Celgene, Human Longevity, and...

Earlier: Philly and NY Fed Manufacturing Surveys Showed Growth in February

Earlier from the NY Fed: Empire State Manufacturing Survey Business activity continued to expand in New York State, according to firms responding to the February 2018 Empire State Manufacturing Survey. The headline general business conditions index fell five points to 13.1, suggesting a somewhat slower pace of growth than in January. ... Labor market conditions pointed to a modest increase in employment and hours worked. And from the Philly Fed: February 2018 Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey...

Coca-Cola boosts quarterly dividend by 5.4% to 39c from 37c

Coca-Cola Company said its board approved the company's 56th consecutive annual dividend increase, raising the quarterly dividend 5.4%, to 39c from 37c per common share. This is equivalent to an annual dividend of $1.56 per share, up from $1.48 per share in 2017. The first quarter dividend is payable April 2, to shareowners of record as of March 15. Coca-Cola said, "The dividend increase reflects the board's confidence in the company's long-term cash flow. The Company returned $6.3 billion in dividends to shareowners in 2017...

Avis Budget falls following Goldman downgrade

Shares of rental car operators Avis Budget Group (CAR) and Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) are falling after a Goldman analyst downgraded Avis citing waning demand and increased pressure on the company's outlook. DOWNGRADE: Goldman analyst David Tamberrino downgraded Avis Budget to Sell from Neutral on Wednesday and lowered his price target to $33 from $37. The analyst believes transitory benefits from Hurricane recovery demand are waning and headwinds from reduced residual values and higher interest rates will limit growth in...

WTI/RBOB Spike After Smaller Than Expected Crude Build, New Record High Production

As Bloomberg notes, last week's refining jump was a blip after all. Gross inputs fell almost 500,000 barrels a day and utilization rates sank back to 89.8%, more in line with what you'd expect this time of year. Cushing Stocks are at their lowest since January 2015. Crude Production rose once again +20k to new record highs. Pushing past Saudi Arabia and eyeing Russia. WTI/RBOB prices had recovered much of the API tumble ahead of the DOE data then spiked as it hit...

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