Wall Street Journal reported that a financial analyst will pay a $625,000 fine to settle insider trading charges against him.
Last week, the potash market anxiously awaited Q4 earnings release from Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan. It was not the 2010 earnings recap that had market stakeholders holding their breath; it was Potash Corporations statements on their 2011 potash market expectations.
The shares of potash producers rallied Wednesday, following the US Department of Agriculture’s forecast that corn stock would fall to its lowest level since 1996. The news sent grain futures higher, lifting demand for potash and other fertilizers.
On Tuesday, Canada’s Potash Corporation received an unsolicited $38.6 billion takeover offer by BHP Billiton. The offer, the biggest of the year in any industry, was dismissed by Potash Corp as “grossly inadequate” with at least one major shareholder immediately rejecting the offer.