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May 1, 2009
First-quarter earnings reports show that conditions are no longer getting worse as chemical demand may have hit a trough (p. 6). Producers remain cautious, however, and expect global...
April 24, 2009
Chemical markets may have found a bottom in the first quarter as producers report that volumes picked up in March compared to January and February. Demand remains below historical...
April 10, 2009
First-quarter earnings reports are likely to be awful as margins and volumes remain depressed so far this year. Results at companies with quarters ending February 28 were weak (p. 10)...
April 3, 2009
Morton Salt’s famous slogan may strike a bit close to home for Dow Chemical with its $19-billion Rohm and Haas (R&H) acquisition at last completed....
March 20, 2009
Bankruptcies are expected in a downturn. However, the depth and breadth of this recession, coupled with a financial crisis that is causing a massive credit contraction, could force...
March 6, 2009
A plunge in profits and demand, impaired credit markets, and lack of clarity about when conditions will stabilize are putting a decided chill on M&A deals, as this week’s...
February 27, 2009
The $2.3-billion bid by International Petroleum Investment Co. (IPIC; Abu Dhabi), an Abu Dhabi state-controlled investment fund, to acquire Nova Chemicals highlights just how quickly...
February 20, 2009
The brutal situation in the industry continues as Asian and European firms weigh in with results that are just as distressed as that of their U.S. counterparts. The downturn, which...
February 6, 2009
As expected, the fourth quarter was brutal. Double-digit volume declines hit all regions. More troubling, however, were first-quarter forecasts. January sales are tracking at or below late-2008 levels, several producers say....
January 23, 2009
The double hit on the chemical industry of unavailable or expensive credit and the slowdown in end-user markets makes a stronger case than ever for companies to use the best market...
January 16, 2009
 The severe fourth-quarter drops in chemical demand are likely to be matched by even sharper declines in reported earnings over the next few weeks. Consensus earnings estimates...
January 9, 2009
The economic meltdown claimed industry’s first major casualty last week. LyondellBasell’s Chapter 11 filing for its U.S. operations puts the world’s largest producer...
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