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  1. October 28, 2013

    Mosaic to buy CF Industries phosphates arm for $1.2bn

    US crop nutrients group Mosaic has agreed to pay $1.2bn in cash for the Florida-based assets of rival CF Industries,...

  2. October 2, 2013

    Cartel break-up reshapes fertiliser market

    A 40-year old fertiliser cartel has disbanded, further reshaping a market that until now had been dominated by marketing...

  1. September 9, 2013

    Delta takes off on S&P inclusion

    US stocks started the week in robust fashion as investors drove the S&P 500 higher in Monday trading, with gainers led by...

  2. August 23, 2013

    Big Ag provides food for thought

    I’ve long been fascinated by the agricultural technology sector – or Big Ag as US investors call it, but never taken the...

  3. July 31, 2013

    Potash row set to hit producers’ profits

    Under the southern prairies of Canada’s Saskatchewan province lie vast deposits of potash, the vital ingredient in...

  4. July 30, 2013

    Potash: Uralkali defection

    Some people can move markets with a word. Vladislav Baumgertner, chief executive of potash producer Uralkali, caused...

  5. July 30, 2013

    Global fertiliser shake-up after cartel falls apart

    One of the two big cartels controlling the potash market has fallen apart after a leading Russian producer of the vital...

  6. March 19, 2013

    Mosaic to invest $1bn in Saudi joint venture

    Mosaic, the US fertiliser company, will invest up to $1bn in a joint venture with two Saudi Arabian companies to produce...

  7. March 6, 2013

    Playing politics with potash

    It’s not just Middle Eastern policy wonks and diplomats who are watching Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he...

  8. January 9, 2013

    Weak Asian farm need hits potash price

    Corn fields shrivelled and soyabeans withered in the drought-hit US last summer. But the resulting rally in food commodities...

  9. January 3, 2013

    Fertiliser groups look to potash contract

    Leading fertiliser companies are hoping that a sales deal between China’s Sinofert and Canpotex will spur new agreements in...

  10. November 2, 2012

    Israel blocks PotashCorp from buying ICL

    The Israeli government this week moved to block Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan’s attempt to buy rival fertiliser group...

  11. November 1, 2012

    Israel to derail $15bn PotashCorp move

    Israel says it will block Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan’s attempt to buy rival fertiliser group Israel Chemicals,...

  12. October 31, 2012

    Potash in talks to buy Israel Chemicals

    Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, one of the world’s largest fertiliser groups, has approached the Israeli government for...

  13. beyondbrics

    October 4, 2012

    Corporate watch: an appetite for Apatit

    PhosAgro, the London-listed Russian phosphate fertiliser maker, completed the purchase of the government’s 26.7 per cent...

  14. April 10, 2012

    Cargill regains footing as it manages risk

    Cargill regained its footing in a tumultuous global economy as agile commodities trading and strong sales of food...

  15. February 22, 2012

    Tech stocks fall on Dell disappointment

    Weak fourth-quarter earnings from Dell sent technology stocks lower on Wednesday. Shares in the computer maker fell 5.8 per...

  16. January 5, 2012

    Fertiliser sales soar as farm product prices surge

    Global fertiliser consumption is set to hit a record this year as high agricultural commodity prices drive farmers to invest...

  17. January 5, 2012

    US oil refiners in sharp sell-off

    US oil refiners sold off sharply after Tesoro said it could post a fourth-quarter loss of up to 80 cents a share because of...

  18. December 29, 2011

    US homebuilders surge as pending home sales rise

    Shares in homebuilders surged on Thursday as a measure of pending home sales reached its highest level in 19 months....

  19. December 6, 2011

    US stocks steady despite warning on EFSF

    Shares in Darden Restaurants tumbled 12.4 per cent to $41.82, as steep discounts failed to attract customers to its flagship...

  20. December 2, 2011

    US luxury retailers lose some lustre

    US equities enjoyed their best week since March 2009 but chinks appeared in the emerging market consumer thesis that has...

  21. December 1, 2011

    US stocks steady after strong rally

    November sales data sent department store stocks spinning in different directions, though analysts were reasonably upbeat...

  22. November 17, 2011

    Jefferies sells off on funding concerns

    Jefferies plumbed new year lows on Thursday as bond traders sold the investment bank’s debt. Shares closed down just 2.2....

  23. October 20, 2011

    FTSE 100 drops to fortnight-low

    BHP Billiton was among the fallers as the FTSE 100 slipped to a two-week low. BHP shares eased 3 per cent to £18.33 amid...

  24. October 11, 2011

    Franklin leads fall in US money manager stocks

    US money manager stocks fell on Tuesday after Franklin Resources , parent of Franklin Templeton Investments, revealed an...

  25. October 10, 2011

    Cargill profits fall 66% on global turmoil

    Cargill, the world’s biggest agricultural trader, blamed rapid money flows in commodity markets and deep uncertainty over...

  26. September 29, 2011

    Splits and spinoffs of US groups on the rise

    While M&A activity has waned as the year progressed, another corporate strategy has been gathering steam. Splits, spinoffs...

  27. September 29, 2011

    Wall St surges on German vote and GDP figures

    A flight to the safety of big name stocks seemed to be the only clear trend on a volatile day which saw strong divergence...

  28. August 9, 2011

    Record earnings from Cargill on back of crop disruptions

    Cargill reported its best year on Tuesday, as its profits breached $4bn on the back of disruptions to global food supplies....

  29. June 14, 2011

    Phosagro plans $1bn IPO in Moscow and London

    Phosagro, the Russian phosphate fertiliser producer, plans to raise as much as $1bn from an initial public offering in...

  30. April 13, 2011

    Cargill set for record yearly profit

    Cargill, the world’s biggest agricultural trader, is heading for its most profitable year on the back of disruptions to...

  31. March 9, 2011

    Wall Street falls amid turmoil in Libya

    Wall Street marked the two-year anniversary of the bull market with a whimper, edging lower on continuing concern over the...

  32. January 20, 2011

    Cargill is clue to value of Glencore

    How much is Glencore worth? The question is being hotly debated ahead of the expected flotation of the trading house this...

  33. January 19, 2011

    Mosaic pieces fall into place for Cargill

    Margaret A. Cargill, the late granddaughter of the founder of Cargill, the agribusiness company, was more interested in art...

  34. January 19, 2011

    Commodities daily: Fertile ground for investors

    Investing in commodities is not nearly as fashionable as seeking exposure to Google and Facebook. But even by the standards...

  35. January 19, 2011

    BAE among fallers as acquisition talk hits buy-back hopes

    The FTSE 100 dropped the most since November with BAE Systems among the fallers amid talk that it might be planning its...

  36. January 19, 2011

    Cargill agrees $24bn spin-off of Mosaic

    Cargill, the largest privately held US company, has agreed to spin off its 64 per cent stake in fertiliser producer Mosaic...

  37. January 19, 2011

    Spin-off no reflection on Mosaic prospects

    Explaining Cargill’s decision to offload its 64 per cent stake in his company, Jim Prokopanko, Mosaic’s president and chief...

  38. January 18, 2011

    Mosaic / Cargill

    Cargill, possibly the biggest company you’ve never heard of, does not have to worry much about the whims of investors...

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