Today’s Research Reports on Stocks to Watch: Bunge Ltd. and DowDuPont
Bunge Limited and partners launch a Brazil database to combat deforestation which sent shares of its stock flying higher in Tuesday trading. Shares of DowDuPont also soared and even hit an all-time new high after the company announced changes to the spin offs of businesses.
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Bunge shares closed down 5.69% yesterday with about 3.2 million shares traded. It was revealed yesterday that the company and its partners have launched an online database aimed at helping companies make investment and purchasing decisions that discourage farmers from cutting down trees for arable land. The company’s vice president of global corporate affairs Stewart Lindsay commented, "We are now testing the tool in a variety of ways on the commercial side, testing a bunch of scenarios." According to Lindsay, the project was mostly funded by the company (around $1.3 million) and was developed in partnership with NGOs, as well as other global traders, banks, consultancy firms and Brazil’s government research agency Embrapa. The database currently has data on Cerrado in Brazil and will later be replicated in Argentina as well as Paraguay.
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DowDuPont shares had a close in the green yesterday, closing up 2.50%. The stock even hit a new all-time high of $69.25 during intra-day trading. It was on August 31st that Dow Chemical and DuPont closed its merger. DowDuPont announced some changes on how it will spin off its businesses into three separate entities. Though the spinoffs had been planned for nearly two years, since December of 2015, a review of the portfolio composition of the three planned spinoffs led to some decisions for changes. The following businesses will be moved to the Specialty Products Division from the Materials Science Division: Dow’s Automotive Systems’ adhesives and fluids platforms, Dow’s Building Solutions business, Dow’s Water and Process Solutions business, Dow’s Pharma and Food Solutions business, Dow’s Microbial Control business, DuPont’s Performance Polymers business, and several silicones-based businesses aligned with applications in industrial LED, semiconductors, medical, and Molykote-brand lubricants for automotive and industrial equipment and Multibase Inc., which provides solutions for the thermoplastic compounding industry. According to the company’s release, the businesses are expected to account for total net sales of more than $8 billion and operating EBITDA of approximately $2.4 billion on a forecasted 2017 basis.
CEO of DowDuPont Ed Breen commented, "The changes we are making will enhance the competitive advantages and value creation potential of DowDuPont and ensure that the intended companies have the best possible foundation to drive long-term value for all stakeholders."
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