Thursday, December 01, 2011

Morning Journal-China vows to defend Iran even if it leads to WWIII

News on Stocks in Our Portfolios

03:58 PM It's a happy marriage for Ecolab (ECL +2.5%) and Nalco (NLC +1.5%) after shareholders with both companies approve a $5.4B merger of the two firms that service the water, hygiene, and energy industries. The final price tag for the deal will be ~$8.3B, including the offer value of $5.6B for Nalco's shares and $2.7B for the assumption of Nalco's net debt. Comment!

03:58 PM Emerson Electric (EMR +6.4%) says it has submitted a bid to win an automated systems contract at Iraq's giant Zubair oil field. Emerson - a specialist in oil and gas, refining and power automation - submitted the bid to a consortium led by Italy's Eni (E +5.6%), Zubair's operator. The field holds ~8B barrels of oil reserves. Comment!

02:34 PM Boeing (BA +4.3%) and its machinists union reach a new four-year labor contract, ensuring the next-generation 737 will be built in Washington state and possibly securing a second 787 assembly line in South Carolina. The general counsel of the NLRB, and likely the Obama administration, will have to sign off on the deal. Comment!

02:21 PM Caterpillar (CAT +7%) says it plans to invest $210M in India, consisting of $150 million for a facility that will produce its Perkins engines, plus an additional $62 million to expand its existing off-highway truck manufacturing facility in Chennai. The investment aims to capitalize on the country's burgeoning road construction and infrastructure development activities. Comment!

01:11 PM ConocoPhillips (COP +3.8%) plans to continue its recent asset sale efforts by shedding a Louisiana refinery, according to Bloomberg's sources. A Global Hunter analyst believes the sale, which reportedly won't occur until after Conoco has spun off its refining business, could generate $700M-$1B in proceeds, excluding inventory. (previously) Comment!


This Week’s Data

The November Chicago purchasing manager’s index came in at 62.6 versus expectations of 59.6.

October pending home sales rose 10.4% versus estimates of a 1.5% increase.

The latest Fed Beige Book report was generally up beat on most economic sectors in most geographic areas.

Weekly jobless claims rose 9,000 versus forecasts of a 3,000 decline. Clearly, a break in the string of positive data points.



If you haven’t seen it, here is Leon Cooperman’s letter to Obama:

Bank spending on lobbyists (short):

International War Against Radical Islam

China will not hesitate to defend Iran (4 minute video in Chinese with English subtitles):