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Cal-Maine earnings soar but stock takes a beating

  Jack Weatherly Jackson-based Cal-Maine Foods Inc., the largest producer of in-shell fresh eggs in the United States, had a terrific fiscal first quarter, thanks to the fact that eggs sold for 65.7 percent more than they did in the year-ago quarter. Why the price spike? In two words, avian flu, which forced the destruction of 48 million chickens and ...

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Citizens Holding offering increased quarterly dividend

PHILADELPHIA — Citizens Holding Company’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.23 per share payable Dec. 31 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 15. “Today I am announcing our fourth quarter 2014 dividend of $0.23 per share,” said Greg L. McKee, president and CEO. “This is an increase of $0.01 per share to $0.23 per share ...

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KiOR denies ex-director's claims of problems with company's technology

COLUMBUS — A former director of biofuel maker KiOR says he tried to warn other board members about problems with KiOR’s technology to turn wood chips into an oil substitute, claims that could damage the company’s defense in shareholder lawsuits and a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation. KiOR denies Paul O’Connor’s claims, saying he was asked to leave the board ...

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Cal-Maine board authorizes two-for-one stock split

JACKSON — The board of directors of Cal-Maine Foods Inc. (NASDAQ:CALM) has approved a two-for-one stock split for shares of the company’s common stock and Class A common stock, to be effected via a stock dividend. Shareholders will receive one share of stock for each share they hold. The new shares will be distributed on October 31, 2014, to shareholders ...

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Citizens Holding repurchasing up to 200K shares of common stock

PHILADELPHIA — Citizens Holding Company’s board of directors has authorized the repurchase of up to 200,000 shares of its outstanding common stock over the next 36 months. As part of the share repurchase program, shares may be purchased in open market transactions, including through block purchases, through privately negotiated transactions, or pursuant to any trading plan that may be adopted ...

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