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Werner Enterprises Named a 2014 FL100+ Software and Technology Provider
Werner Enterprises , a premier transportation and logistics provider, was recently named to the eleventh annual list of FL100+ Software and Technology Providers by Food Logistics . Werner was recognized as a global supply chain and logistics leader whose practices benefit the industry by reducing food waste, extending shelf life and delivering safe and sanitary product while maintaining regulatory compliance.

Wheelabrator acquired by Energy Capital Partners
Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. has announced the close of its $1.94 billion acquisition by Energy Capital Partners from Waste Management. The company currently operates 15 energy-from-waste facilities, four power plants, four ash landfills and three waste transfer stations, according to a press release issued by Wheelabrator.

DaVita's Outlook For 2015: Don't Overstay The Festivities
Warren Buffett said, when comparing investors to Cinderella at the ball, "Overstaying the festivitiesa will eventually bring on pumpkins and mice." Executives on the Q3 earnings call warned that the company could lose commercial insurance contracts - which account for virtually all of its profits in dialysis.

Rogers Corporation Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Arlon, LLC
Rogers expects the transaction to be accretive to its earnings in the first twelve months following the acquisition, excluding purchase accounting charges )--Rogers Corporation , a global leader in engineered materials solutions, announced today it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Arlon, LLC, currently owned by Handy & Harman Ltd. , for $157 million, subject to closing and post-closing adjustments. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory clearances, is expected to close in the first half of 2015.

Wabush gets $3.8M from government over three years
Wabush will be receiving $3.8 million from the province to make up for a grant the town used to get each year from Cliffs Natural Resources. The town has been cast in a shadow of economic uncertainty since the closure of Wabush Mines by Cliffs Natural Resources.

Buffett's Backup Stock Pickers Stumble as GM, Energy Bets Fall
At least half a dozen stocks that Ted Weschler and Todd Combs probably picked for Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s portfolio are poised to end the year lower than where they started. They include energy companies that have slumped with oil prices; automaker General Motors Co., which has struggled with recalls; and Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., an engineering and construction firm that's down more than 50 percent since Dec. 31. "It appears, on first glance, that Todd and Ted have underperformed the S&P 500 this year," said David Kass, a professor at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business who has studied Berkshire's portfolio.

Walter Energy: The Future Brings Uncertainty
Walter Energy is a producer and exporter of metallurgical coal for the global steel industry. The company also produces thermal coal, anthracite, metallurgical coke and coal bed methane gas.

Analyst Update: Cliffs Natural Resources Inc, BlackBerry Ltd, and Hewlett-Packard Company
Among equities attracting the attention of analysts are commodities concern Cliffs Natural Resources Inc , mobile phone maker BlackBerry Ltd , and tech titan Hewlett-Packard Company .

Superior Industries Announces Appointment of Jack A. Hockema to Board of Directors
Mr. Hockema currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation , a leading producer of semi-fabricated specialty aluminum products. "We are extremely pleased to welcome Jack to the Board," said Margaret S. Dano, Chairman of Superior Industries.

Questioning Credit Suisse's $1 Price Target For Cliffs Natural Resources
When I read that Credit Suisse cut its price target for Cliffs Natural Resources to $1, I was astonished. I wondered how did they come up with this number.

Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation Announces Regular Quarterly Dividend
The dividend will be paid on January 30, 2015 to shareholders of record on January 15, 2015. Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation is a leading producer of forged and cast rolling mill rolls for the worldwide steel and aluminum industries.

Press release distribution, EDGAR filing, XBRL, regulatory filings
The add-on is integrated with the complete developme... )--AllAccem, Inc., a medical company developing and manufacturing products for the veterinary markets worldwide, announced today that the US Army Public Health Com... )--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Journal of Microprocessor Engineering and application...

Daily Colombian Equities Bulletin and Fundamentals 12-16-14
December 17, 2014 The Colcap index closed at 1,373 points . Total turnover reached USD 63.53 mn.

Millcraft lines up Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse; Northwest...
Millcraft Investments, the developer of the former Saks Department Store site Downtown, announced Tuesday that its first tenant is the Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse. It will occupy about one third of the 30,000 square feet of street level retail space that will be part of the development, which includes a six-level parking garage and 77 condos.

Why Valmont Industries' Weak Performance This Year Is A Buying Opportunity
Valmont Industries has struggled this year as the stock has dropped 16%. But, in my opinion, the weak performance of Valmont looks like a buying opportunity.

News of CALPERS Potentially Divesting its Coal Assets Overdone
On December 15, news outlets announced that a California state senator might propose a bill in January that would require the California Public Employees' Retirement System to divest of its holdings in companies that produce coal. According to a Bloomberg article, CALPERS has $5.2 million worth of coal master limited partnership Alliance Resource Partners .

Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) Stock Falls in After-Hours Trading After Price Target Cut
Credit Suisse analyst Nathan Littlewood noted that Cliffs has shown progress on strategic initiatives, but wrote that its balance sheet handicap "is simply too great." The analyst said that the mining company's 2015 forecast will be a key catalyst for investors, saying that current consensus estimates are "nearly double" what they should be.

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Plastics Industry News
DuPont Pioneer To Sell Its Alfalfa Research And Production Assets To S&W Seed Co.
DUPONT PIONEER TO SELL ITS ALFALFA RESEARCH AND PRODUCTION ASSETS TO S&W SEED CO. Dec. 19, 2014 Source: DuPont Pioneer news release DuPont Pioneer and S&W Seed Company today announced an agreement for S&W Seed Company to acquire DuPont Pioneer alfalfa germplasm, as well as alfalfa production and research facility assets for a purchase price of up to $49 million over a period of several years.

West Announces 10% Increase in Quarterly Dividend
The dividend will be paid on February 4, 2015 to shareholders of record as of January 21, 2015. West is by the side of its healthcare partners from concept to the patient, designing and manufacturing packaging, diagnostic and delivery systems that promote the efficiency, reliability and safety of their products.

Goodyear to Present at 2015 Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference
A live audio webcast of the presentation will be available at on the company's investor relations Web site: http://investor.goodyear.com . A replay of the webcast will be available following the event.

DuPont names spinoff company
DuPont announced Thursday that the new public company created following completion of the pending separation of its Performance Chemicals segment will be named The Chemours Company. The division will impact DuPont's Washington Works site as more than 700 employees there are expected to become part of Chemours, company officials said.

Gregory Freiwald retiring as Dow Chemical executive; Johanna Soderstrom to replace him
Dow Chemical Co. recently announced Gregory Freiwald, chief human resources officer of aviation and corporate affairs, is retiring after 35 years with the company, and Johanna Soderstrom is taking on his responsibilities.

Eastman to Increase Eastman Texanol Ester Alcohol Capacity to Enhance Latex Paints
Eastman Chemical Company has announced a planned increase in its Eastman Texanol ester alcohol manufacturing capacity in Longview, Texas. The plant expansion is expected to be complete in the second half of 2016 and will increase capacity by more than 20 percent.

The Road Ahead: New Research on DRDGOLD, Dycom Industries, Eastman Chemical, Ecolab and Eldorado Gold
Moments ago, Realtime Equities released new analyst updates concerning several important developing situations including DRDGOLD , Dycom Industries , Eastman Chemical , Ecolab , and Eldorado Gold . Realtime Equities is the leader in realtime news, commentary and analysis - proudly employing registered CFAA research staff and rigorous compliance procedures.

Dow Promotes the Importance of Handwashing
Dow Chemical Co. clearly knows that handwashing is an important thing for children to do.

UPDATE 1-Dow whistleblower can pursue unlawful firing claim, US judge rules
Dow Chemical Co's ex-fraud investigator can pursue claims of being unlawfully fired after disclosing alleged financial misconduct related to the company, including heavy spending by Chief Executive Andrew Liveris, a U.S. judge has ruled. Kimberly Wood worked at Dow for 25 years before she was fired in October.

INEOS boss Ratcliffe tops industry power league
The ICIS Chemical Business Top 40 Power Players named Mr Ratcliffe as the most influential senior executive in the sector. Mr Ratcliffe received the most votes with Dow Chemical chairman Andrew Liveris coming second and Khalid Al-Falih, chief executive of Saudi Aramco, in third place.

Billerica residents: Dow needs to act on Superfund site
The Dow Chemical Co. came under fire duringin a recent Planning Board meeting for its refusal to clean up part of the Iron Horse Park Superfund site before the town approves a project for the area.

Cooper, Apollo agree to dismiss remaining claims
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and would-be buyer Apollo Tyres, of India, appear to be done with their legal wrangling after last year's failed deal.

Identifying Opportunity - New Reports on Clorox, Cooper Tire, Crown Holdings, CST Brands, and Deluxe
Moments ago, Realtime Equities released new analyst updates concerning several important developing situations including Clorox , Cooper Tire , Crown Holdings , CST Brands , and Deluxe . Realtime Equities is the leader in realtime news, commentary and analysis - proudly employing registered CFAA research staff and rigorous compliance procedures.

Dow Water & Process water management
Dow Water & Process Solutions , an Edina, Minn., business unit of The Dow Chemical Co., designed Water Application Value Engine - a new digital modeling tool that evaluates components and designs water treatment systems. The WAVE tool is expected to launch commercially in 2015.

EQUATE sponsors Kuwait Dive Team's project to protect coral reefs
EQUATE Petrochemical Company, Kuwait's first international petrochemical joint-venture, sponsored a project by Kuwait Dive Team to protect coral reefs in a number of Kuwaiti islands by installing bowing marines. Kuwait Dive Team is part of the Environment Voluntary Foundation.

CSL St-Laurent on Maiden Voyage
The second of Canada Steamship Lines' two newbuild Trillium Class Great Lakes bulk carriers, CSL St-Laurent, was delivered on November 26, 2014 and set sail on her maiden voyage on December 13. She departed at 20:00 CST from Yangfan shipyard on Zhoushan Island, China, en route to Canada where she is set to operate throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. The vessel is commanded by Captain Kevin Crouse and Chief Engineer Paul Beaudet, and is expected to take approximately 50-60 days to complete her voyage.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co Receives Consensus Recommendation of "Hold" from Brokerages
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co has received a consensus recommendation of "Hold" from the nine analysts that are covering the company, American Banking and Market News reports . One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company.

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