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Click chart for in-depth premarket data. LONDON (CNNMoney) Quarterly earnings continue to come in thick and fast on Wall Street, but that’s not the only thing happening Tuesday. Here are the five things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York: 1. U.S. earnings: Major companies including UPS (UPS), Reynolds American (RAI) and Pfizer (PFE) are slated to report earnings before the opening bell. Twitter (TWTR, Tech30), American Express (AXP) and Sturm Ruger (RGR) will report after the close. Shares in Herbalife (HLF) are declining by more than 10% premarket after the company posted earnings that missed analysts’ forecasts. 2. European earnings: Shares in two major European banks — UBS (UBS) and Deutsche Bank (DB) — were under pressure after both reported earnings and flagged new litigation risks. Top European Companies To Own For 2015: TotalFinaElf S.A.(TOT) TOTAL S.A., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an … Continue reading

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Investors in the fertilizer industry have something serious to think about. One of the leading nutrient producers, Agrium (NYSE: AGU  ) , is hanging up on two expansion projects — It has suspended development work on a greenfield project in the U.S. Midwest area, while dropping plansto expand an existing plant in Alberta. They weren’t just any plans. The projects would have added more than 30% to Agrium’s annual nitrogen production capacity, which currently stands at 5.5 million tonnes. Nitrogen is Agrium’s primary product and, as the most widely applied nutrient, has tremendous growth potential, particularly in the U.S. More than 50% of the nitrogen consumed in the U.S. last year was comprised of offshore imports. According to Agrium’s recent investor presentation, 12 to 14 new nitrogen plants will be needed if the U.S. were to become self-sufficient. So why did Agrium back off its plans despite the opportunities? The answers … Continue reading

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Although we don’t believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes — just in case they’re material to our investing thesis. What: Shares of Universal Truckload Services (NASDAQ: UACL  ) , a North American provider of trucking and logistics solutions, jumped as much as 12% after receiving an upgrade from BB&TCapital Markets. So what: According to BB&T Capital Markets, Universal Truckload’s product offerings should broaden and its gross margins should improve following its $335 million purchase of privately held LINC Logistics, announced last year. BB&T upgraded Universal Trucking to a buy from a hold and set its price target at $33, implying 32% upside based on Friday’s closing price. Now what: As usual, the first thing you need to do is not allow the extremely short-term movements of analysts to cloud your long-term investing thesis. In the case of … Continue reading

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Recalls are part of the car industry and generally areaccepted by the public — unless perhaps they come in blocks of many hundreds of thousands at a time. Eventually brands are seen as having quality problems, and some portion of the auto-buying public gets skittish. It is not the sort of thing the industry needs as it goes into the critical autumn sales period, and when analysts grow concerned that with the aging of baby boomers, the pool of potential auto owners is dropping by the day. Two car companies known for quality have recalled more than 650,000 vehicles between them in just a few weeks. The new Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) recall includes 369,000 vehicles. About 200,000 are hybrid SUVs, including the high-end Lexus RX400h. Lexus often tops the lists of highest quality cars rated by research firms. The other large recall of cars are some more made … Continue reading

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AT&T (NYSE: T  ) entered the small Alaskan telecom marketplace in 2007 when it bought Dobson Communications. Verizon (NYSE: VZ  ) shoved its foot in that door when it purchased spectrum licenses in 2010, and just last month it turned on its 4G LTE network. But to say the Alaskan market for wireless services is small would be an understatement. It is minuscule. The state has only around 723,000 residents, and more than half of them, 393,000, live in and around Anchorage. For what that means to a telecom operating in the 49th state, read what Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK  ) CEO Anand Vadapalli touted during his company’s second quarter 2012 earnings conference call after it got the iPhone: “Our net subscriber adds of about 2,900 was the highest subscriber growth we’ve had in four years.” For comparison, Verizon (NYSE: VZ  ) added 1.2 million and AT&T (NYSE: T  ) 1.3 million net subscribers during … Continue reading