NEW YORK, January 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Moments ago, Analysts Review released new research updates concerning several important developing situations including Verso (NYSE: VRS), Vulcan Materials (NYSE: VMC), Grace (NYSE: GRA), Wausau (NYSE: WPP), and West Pharma (NYSE: WST). Analysts Review provides a single unified platform for investors' to hear about what matters - proudly employing registered CFA® research staff and rigorous compliance procedures. The full research reports are being made available to the public for informational purposes only.
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VRS Research Report: ( http://get.analystsreview.com/pdf/?c=Verso&d=15-Jan-2015&s=VRS ),
VMC Research Report: ( http://get.analystsreview.com/pdf/?c=Vulcan%20Materials&d=15-Jan-2015&s=VMC ),
GRA Research Report: ( http://get.analystsreview.com/pdf/?c=Grace&d=15-Jan-2015&s=GRA ),
WPP Research Report: ( http://get.analystsreview.com/pdf/?c=Wausau&d=15-Jan-2015&s=WPP ),
WST Research Report: ( http://get.analystsreview.com/pdf/?c=West%20Pharma&d=15-Jan-2015&s=WST ).
Analyst Update: Acquisitions, Leadership Changes, Quarterly Earnings, and Dividend Declarations Reviewed by: Rohit Tuli, CFA®
The U.S. market sell-off showed no signs of easing on Wednesday, extending losses for fourth straight day as investors shunned risky assets and fled to safe havens amid deepening concerns over the global economic growth. The equity markets mirrored continued slump in commodities prices on Wednesday, led by the biggest plunge in Copper since 2011, after the World Bank cut its economic growth forecasts for this year and next. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the session 1.06% lower at 17,427.09, the S&P 500 lost 0.58% to close at 2,011.27, and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.48% to 4,639.32. Beaten-down commodity prices also weighed upon European markets on Wednesday. In Europe, energy and mining stocks led the decline following the prices of copper and oil. Meanwhile, Asian equities also ended lower as investors stayed on the sidelines amid deepening commodities rout and renewed concerns over world economic growth.
A week after calling a truce with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the pending acquisition of NewPage, Verso finally announced the completion of the acquisition. Subsequently, the Company also changed its name from Verso Paper Corp. to Verso Corporation.
Vulcan Materials Company (Vulcan Materials) announced the retirement of Donald M. James, effective January 15, 2015 and his subsequent transition to Non-Executive Chairman. Vulcan Materials, a member of the S&P 500 index, is the largest producer of construction aggregates and a major producer of other construction materials.
W. R. Grace & Co.'s (Grace) third quarter sales increased 11% YoY to $856.4 million. As per the Company, sales benefited from higher volumes, improved pricing, and favorable currency translation; acquisitions too contributed 4% to the sales growth.
Wausau Paper Corp. (Wausau) terminated shareholder purchase rights plan and announced a dividend of three cents payable on February 17, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 2, 2015.
Exton, Pennsylvania-based West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (West Pharma) announced that the Company's Board of Directors has approved a first quarter 2015 dividend of $0.11 per share. The dividend remains unchanged from the previous quarter.
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