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February 20, 2014

Westlake Chemical reports fourth-quarter net income of $171 million, up 80% year-over-year (YOY), and sales of $952 million, up 19% YOY. Westlake attributes the gains primarily to higher sales prices for polyethylene, styrene and polyvinyl chloride resin and higher sales volumes. Earnings of $2.54/share beat the analysts’ consensus estimate of $2.13.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Westlake-fourth-quarter-earnings-climb-to-$171-million-on-higher-prices-and-volumes_58948.html
February 20, 2014
Axiall reported fourth-quarter net income of $57 million, up 78% year-over-year (YOY). Net sales of $1.1 billion for the quarter were up 44% YOY. The company attributes the gains primarily to the merger with PPG’s chemical’s business. Adjusted earnings of 88 cts/share beat the analysts’ consensus estimate of 67 cts/share....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Axiall-fourth-quarter-net-income-up-78-percent-to-$57-million_58947.html
February 20, 2014
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA; London) have set-up a new 'cluster' on pharmacovigilance or medicine safety. Clusters are regular...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/FDA-and-European-Medicines-Agency-strengthen-collaboration-in-pharmacovigilance_58936.html
February 19, 2014
Hedge fund FrontFour Capital (New York) said today that it would nominate four directors for Sensient Technologies’ board, raising the possibility of a proxy battle....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Hedge-fund-says-it-will-seek-four-seats-on-Sensient-board-updated_58903.html
February 19, 2014
CF Industries’ CFO Dennis Kelleher said in the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call that early indications suggest that placement of existing assets in a master limited...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/CF-Industries-dissuaded-on-MLP-talks-CFO-says_58929.html
February 19, 2014
Westlake Chemical (Houston) held a dedication ceremony for its new Geismar, LA, chlor-alkali plant on 19 February....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Westlake-dedicates-Geismar-chlor-alkali-facility_58926.html
February 19, 2014
Ningbo Fortune Petrochemical (Ningbo, China) has selected UOP's C3 Oleflex process technology to convert propane to propylene via propane dehydrogenation. Ningbo Fortune will employ the technology in a 600,000-m.t./year propylene plant that is expected to start up in 2016....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Ningbo-Fortune-licenses-UOPs-Oleflex-propylene-technology_58902.html
February 19, 2014
ACC has released its monthly US Chemical Production Regional Index, indicating a 0.3% rise in January, following a 0.6% gain in December 2013. ACC says production continued to move...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/ACC-US-chemical-production-edges-up-in-January_58901.html
February 19, 2014
Calgon Carbon today reported stronger earnings for the fourth quarter, though sales were down on weaker demand. Net income of $11 million was up 20% year-on-year, with earnings per...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Calgon-Carbon-earnings-up-sales-fall-on-weaker-demand_58900.html
February 19, 2014
Actavis (Dublin) and Forest Laboratories (New York) say that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Actavis will acquire Forest for a combination of cash and equity...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Actavis-to-acquire-Forest-Laboratories-for-$25-billion_58895.html
February 19, 2014
CB&I says that CF Industries has awarded it a contract, valued at about $100 million, under which CB&I will construct and fabricate components for CF's...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/CB-and-I-awarded-construction-fabrication-contract-for-CF-Industries-project_58892.html
February 18, 2014
Terra Nitrogen LP reported fourth quarter net earnings of $113.6 million, down 24% year-over-year (YOY) on sales down 17%, to $168 million. The company says results for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Terra-Nitrogen-reports-weak-quarter-on-price-slump_58889.html
February 18, 2014
Weak fertilizer prices pushed CF Industries’ earnings lower in the fourth quarter, with the company reporting net income of $325.8 million, down 30% year-over-year (YOY)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/CF-Industries-earnings-slump-on-weak-fertilizer-market_58888.html
February 18, 2014
Biobased plastics firm Cereplast (Seymour, IN) announced yesterday that it has filed for Chapter 11 protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Cereplast-files-for-bankruptcy_58887.html
February 18, 2014
Stepan today reported net income down 30.5% year-on-year (YOY), to $10.7 million, on sales up 11%, to $474.3 million. Excluding restructuring and deferred compensation expenses, net...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Stepan-earnings-miss-estimates_58876.html
February 18, 2014
Calgon Carbon announced today that its board as named Randall Dearth, current CEO of the company, as chairman, effective 1 May. Dearth will replace Seth Schofield, who announced his...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Calgon-Carbon-CEO-named-board-chairman_58875.html
February 18, 2014
Westlake Chemical has declared a two-for-one split of the company's common stock and increased the quarterly cash dividend by 12%, to 25.2 cts/share, on a presplit basis....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Westlake-declares-stock-split-increases-dividend-12-percent_58869.html
February 18, 2014

Two activist New York hedge funds have made new moves to assert influence over the strategic direction of Williams Companies (Tulsa, OK), increasing their stake in the firm and hiring an investment bank.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Activist-hedge-funds-increase-stake-in-Williams-Companies_58848.html
February 18, 2014
Sigma-Aldrich says that it has appointed Darryl Goss as president of SAFC Hitech. SAFC Hitech is the electronic chemical division within SAFC Commercial and focuses on providing custom...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Sigma-Aldrich-appoints-president-of-SAFC-Hitech_58866.html
February 18, 2014
Maire Tecnimont (Rome) announced today that its Tecnimont USA subsidiary has signed a collaboration agreement with Foster Wheeler USA covering front-end engineering design (FEED) and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Tecnimont-forms-engineering-alliance-with-Foster-Wheeler-covering-work-in-North-America_58863.html
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