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Market Update

CF Ind and Yara in $2.7 B Merger Talks; Ascena Retail, CarMax Plunge


Author: Mukesh Buch
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Last Update: 12:09 PM ET September 23 2014

12:05 PM New York Ascena Retail net rose but sales dropped. Boeing received an order from Ethiopian Airlines valued at list price of $2.1 billion. CF Industries is in merger talk with Yara International. Carnival net surged 37%. CarMax net and revenue soared 10%. Ennis net rose 2%.

Tollbooth Index fell 0.1% or 13.14 to 9,354.64.

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Ascena Retail Group Inc (ASNA) tumbled 16.8% or $2.77 to $13.76 after the specialty retailer said net sales in the fourth-quarter ending on July 26slipped 1.7% to $1.18 billion from a year ago period.

Net income in the quarter increased 1.3% to $15.7 million or 10 cents a diluted share compared to $29.8 million or 18 cents from a same quarter last year.

The Boeing Company (BA) slipped 99 cents to $127.62 after the aerospace company received an order from Ethiopian Airlines for 20 - 737 Max 8 aircraft with a list price of $2.1 billion.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc (CF) climbed 5.2% or $13.24 to $269.02 after the fertilizer products maker is in talk with Norway-based Yara International ASA for a possible merger valued at $2.7 billion.

Carnival Corporation (CCL) rose 24 cents to $40.59 after the cruise operator reported revenue in the third-quarter ending in August jumped 4.6% to $4.95 billion from a year ago period.

Net income in the quarter surged 36.7% to $1.25 billion or $1.60 a diluted share compared to $934 million or $1.20 from a same quarter last year.

CarMax, Inc (KMX) plunged 8.8% or $4.64 to $48.17 after the car dealer said net sales in the second-quarter ending in August climbed 10.9% to $3.60 billion from a year ago period.

Net earnings in the quarter soared 10.2% to $154.5 million or 70 cents a diluted share compared to $140.3 million or 62 cents from a same quarter last year.

The company said used unit sales in comparable stores increased 0.2% and total used unit sales rose 6.3%. Total wholesale unit sales climbed 7.4% and new vehicles sales surged 18%.

Ennis, Inc (EBF) slid 4 cents to $13.25 after the printing service provider stated net sales in the second-quarter ending in August jumped 12.2% to $151.8 million from a year ago period.

Net earnings in the quarter rose 2% to $10 million or 39 cents a diluted share compared to $9.8 million or 38 cents from a same quarter last year.

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