Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.

  • Bill Ackman Buys Air Products, Sells General Growth, Bets Big on P&G

    By Sam Mattera - August 17, 2013 | Tickers: APD, GGP, PG

    Investor Bill Ackman runs Pershing Square, a hedge fund with about $11 billion under management. Ackman’s general strategy is a combination of value investing and activism -- Pershing Square buys up large stakes in undervalued companies and works with the firm’s management to improve the underlying business.

    In the second quarter, Pershing Square purchased a large stake in Air Products (NYSE: APD), sold some of its General Growth Properties more »

  • 3 Material Dividend Stocks to Consider

    By Chris Johnson - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: APD, DD, PX

    Following a weak second half of the year in 2012, the industrial materials sector has shown some signs of picking up the pace recently. Even though QE tapering concerns dampened demand across the U.S. economy the last few days and the industry had a less than stellar 2012, better days for the industrial materials sector are likely in the quarters ahead. The risks to the downside persist, but the more »

  • Ballooning Returns or a Bunch of Hot Air?

    By Gerelyn Terzo - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: APD, ARG, PX

    The manufacturing sector expanded in July for the second straight month, with the Purchasing Managers Index -- a gauge on manufacturing activity -- rising 4.5% from June levels to 55.4. Some argue the U.S. is on the cusp of a manufacturing renaissance, one that could rival pre-recession levels. Nonetheless, millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost in the past decade, and according to Bloomberg the recovery in manufacturing has more »

  • Clearing the Air in the Industrial Gas Sector

    By Bob Chandler - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: APD, ARG, PX

    When the usually staid industrial gas sector gained the spotlight recently, thanks to hedge fund manager William Ackman's announcement of a large stake in a major player, two questions came to mind. Did the industry really deserve the extra attention it was getting, and more importantly, were there any good stock buys hidden in industrial gas? I decided to check it out. Here's some of what I found more »

  • Should You Follow Bill Ackman Into This Materials Giant?

    By Bob Ciura - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: APD, ARG, PX

    Bill Ackman needs a winner. This is the conclusion most investors likely came to upon receiving news that the famed hedge fund manager’s Pershing Square Capital Management invested $2.2 billion in materials company Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE: APD).

    Ackman has been struggling due to the ongoing Herbalife saga. In light of the fact that his short position in that stock has taken an absolute beating over the past more »

  • Why Did Ackman Invest $2.2 billion In This Company?

    By Shmulik Karpf - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: APD, PX, TGT

    Hedge-fund billionaire Bill Ackman has just made his largest investment ever. Recently, Ackman announced that his hedge fund, Pershing Square Capital Management, had spent around $2.2 billion to acquire a 9.8% stake in Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE: APD), the world's largest supplier of hydrogen and helium. Ackman is notorious for having some pretty unique investment ideas, and he's also extremely selective. This is an excellent opportunity more »

  • Wednesday Wasn't the Best Day for Bill Ackman

    By Sam Mattera - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: APD, HLF, JCP

    Wednesday was a big day for activist hedge fund manager Bill Ackman. Unfortunately for him, it wasn't particularly good for his portfolio.

    Shares of retailer J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) plunged late Wednesday after The New York Post reported that CIT had stopped financing the company’s small manufacturers, while Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) surged on reports that George Soros had taken a stake.

    “J.C. Penney is having credit more »

  • Air Products & Chemical: What is Bill Ackman Thinking?

    By Alexander Cho - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: APD, HLF

    When people hear about a 2 billion dollar Bill Ackman position it’s elevated to the next “pump and dump” scheme. Some investors will buy the stock just because Bill Ackman bought the stock, and will try to sell the stock before Bill Ackman can.

    What’s the deal with Air Products & Chemicals?

    Upon first examination, this has got to be the most boring company any high-profile hedge fund manager more »

  • Diversifying: The chemicals sector

    By Vanina Egea - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: APD, BASFY.PK, DD

    Some say that specializing on one product is the path to success. Others argue that diversifying is a very important characteristic during economic recessions. Neither is wrong, and an analyst has very well addressed the issue in his blog. Here, are three very important chemicals companies that started with one product company and today span over many industries, they are: DuPont (NYSE: DD), Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE: APD), and BASF more »

  • Is Air Products Bill Ackman's Big Target?

    By Anh HOANG - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: APD, ARG, FDX

    Since the beginning of July, Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE: APD) has jumped significantly, from around $91.40 per share to more than $104.10 per share. Its share price has hit its 5-year high, partly due to its recent announcement of adopting a stockholder-rights plan, which leads to the market speculation that Air Products could be an activist target of hedge fund manager Bill Ackman.

    According to Ackman, his fund more »

  • Is Bill Ackman Planning to Target Air Products?

    By Sam Mattera - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: ADT, APD, FDX

    Shares of Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE: APD) soared on Thursday after the company’s board adopted a poison pill. Noting unusual activity in its shares, the firm undertook the measure to ward off a potential activist or acquirer.

    Activist investor Bill Ackman has been raising funds to target an American company, and it’s possible that it could be Air Products -- it seems to fit his criteria. If that’s more »

  • Does Billionaire Nelson Peltz See Something In DuPont?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 21, 2013 | Tickers: APD, DD, DOW

    The New York Times’s Andrew Ross Sorkin mentioned in an interview with billionaire Nelson Peltz of Trian Partners at the Delivering Alpha conference that Sorkin has sources indicating that Trian has been buying shares of DuPont (NYSE: DD). Peltz refused to comment before the interview moved on to his plan to combine Mondelez and Pepsi. DuPont’s stock popped on the news, and even after retreating a bit was more »

  • Materials Selling Is Overdone

    By Declan Fallon - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: APD, XLB, DOW, XLU

    On May 8, I noted how the overall market had qualified as a 'sell' under my Investing Strategy. The S&P ultimately went on to drop 7.5% from peak to most recent trough, and further losses are possible. Certainly, the market is a long way from my Investing Strategy 'buy,' which was last reached in October 2011, but this doesn't mean ignoring opportunities as they present themselves. 

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  • Recurring Revenue and Pricing Power Make This Stock a Buy

    By Mark Lin - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: APD, ARG, PX

    Many investors might focus too much on quarterly earnings and short-term economic trends. I prefer companies with good business models which equips them with the ability to weather recessions. Praxair (NYSE: PX), one of the largest producers and distributors of industrial gases in the world, is one of the stocks that caught my eye.

    It boasts of strong recurring revenue and pricing power that is validated by its stellar financial more »

  • Is Air Products a Buy?

    By Bob Ciura - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: APD, ARG, AA

    Basic-materials companies with operations engaged in commodities provide the resources needed to build and maintain our society. Since these materials go into everything from homes to automobiles, the underlying stocks are tied to the health of the global economy -- for better or for worse.

    It probably goes without saying that over the past five years, companies in the basic materials industry have seen extremely volatile financial results as the global more »

  • 4 Dividend Champions Going Ex-Dividend in June

    By Karin Hernandez - June 5, 2013 | Tickers: APD, CINF, KMB, LEG

    Dividend companies continue to be popular, both among people investing for income and among people looking for superior returns with the added bonus of a steady income stream. Investors are finally recognizing that over time, dividend-payers have historically outperformed other classes, and that much of the stock market’s overall performance can actually be attributed to the contribution of dividends.

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  • 5 Cheap Fast-Growing Dividends

    By Marshall Hargrave - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: APD, ITW, SWK, TGT, WMT

    Who doesn't love dividends? In looking for great dividend stocks, I've come across five cheap dividend stocks with safe dividends, where they all have a payout ratio of less than 50%. The cheapness of these stocks is in the fact that they all trade with price-to-earnings ratios of less than 16.5x, which is below the market's 19x P/E.

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  • 5 Dividend Picks to Play It Safe in the Materials Sector

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 31, 2013 | Tickers: APD, BMS, DD, PX, SON

    Following a weak second half of 2012, the industrial materials sector has shown some signs of picking up pace. Even though the fiscal cliff concerns dampened demand across the U.S. economy and weak growth overseas continued to exert pressure in the first quarter, better days for the industrial materials are likely in the quarters ahead. The risks to the downside persist, but the outlook is more optimistic.

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  • Do These 3 Popular Dividend Investments Make the Grade?

    By Brian Nichols - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: APD, TXN, WAG

    The Wall Street Journal columnist Kelley Wright wrote a column over the weekend that looked at the issue of dividend investing. The message was that many investors have the idea of dividend investing all wrong, as a good investment is not necessarily a high yield. There are a number of factors at play, and Wright provided both a guide and top stocks. I am assessing three of these selections.

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  • Do These 3 Popular Dividend Investments Make the Grade?

    By Brian Nichols - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: APD, TXN, WAG

    The Wall Street Journal columnist Kelley Wright wrote a column over the weekend that looked at the issue of dividend investing. The message was that many investors have the idea of dividend investing all wrong, as a good investment is not necessarily a high yield. There are a number of factors at play, and Wright provided both a guide and top stocks. I am assessing three of these selections.

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