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Watchdogs urge stake sales as price of Agrium-PotashCorp merger

PotashCorp, which owns shares in the likes of SQM and ICL, is to sell "certain" minority stakes. But SQM and ICL share prices diverge. Why?

'Significant downside risk' for potash prices, says Credit Suisse
Output of the fertilizer, which has recorded a record quarter in North America, looks like rising at a less buoyant time for demand
Phosphate prices may find support from Chinese output cuts
... says Russia's PhosAgro, echoing comments from US rival Mosaic over Chinese prospects. The group also unveils solid domestic sales growth
'Expect record phosphate, potash shipments in 2018', says Mosaic
... however, shares in the fertilizer giant tumble, on expectations of phosphate prices and sales volumes falling in the current quarter
PotashCorp ups potash outlook - but cautions on nitrogen, phosphates
The fertilizer giant, which is merging with Agrium, lifts its forecast for world potash demand - but flags nitrogen and phosphate setbacks too
Urea prices to stay under pressure, amid 'strong oversupply' - Yara
The impact of output cutbacks in China is being offset by growth elsewhere, the nitrogen giant says, unveiling lower-than-expected profits
OCP faces cut in EU phosphoric acid prices, after India wins discount
The world top phosphates exporter, in talks with EU buyers over prices for the current quarter, faces pressure for a cut
Grain markets, ag shares 'close to bottom of cycle' - BlackRock
BlackRock's Skye Macpherson sees better times ahead for crop prices and farm sector shares, prices of which are "very, very attractive"
Changing global dynamics to have 'big impact' on farming
... Agrimoney LIVE hears. The likes of the election of Donald Trump as US president, and vote by the UK to quit the EU, are only the start...
Agriculture needs 'transformational change', World Bank guru says
The world needs to produce more food with less land - and against challenges of climate change and regulatory pressure too, Marc Sadler warns
PhosAgro sees Chinese cutbacks curbing phosphate price pressure
... however, the Russia-based group warns against overoptimism over prices too, given capacity rises elsewhere, echoing comments from Mosaic
Mosaic, Intrepid shares tumble on disappointing earnings
Lower potash and phosphate prices weigh on Mosaic profits, while Intrepid earnings miss expectations, despite better margins
PotashCorp lifts profit forecast on hopes of better sales
The Canadian potash miner remains upbeat about world demand prospects in 2017, despite a trim to expected Indian consumption
Yara, PotashCorp throw brickbats at each other's fertilizer sectors

Lower food prices are more of a threat to demand for potash than nitrogen, Yara says. But PotashCorp flags up a contrasting dynamic

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