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March 11, 2013MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators rose by one to 13 out of 20 this week. Thus, we post a green banner. Non-Farm Payrolls up 236,000 Unemployment Rate down 0.2...
March 8, 2013KMG Chemicals reports fiscal second-quarter earnings down 36% year-on-year (YOY), to $1.6 million, or 14 cts/share, on sales down 15%, to $57 million. Reduced demand in both of the...
March 4, 2013MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators remained steady at 12 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a yellow banner. Consumer confidence up 11.2 points, to...
February 26, 2013Ecolab’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings increased 161% year-on-year (YOY), to $231.4 million, on sales up 65%, to $3.05 billion. Sales and income included adjustments related to...
February 25, 2013MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators rose by one to 12 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a yellow banner. Consumer prices flat 0.0%; up 1.6%...
February 22, 2013Stepan’s board has authorized the company to repurchase up to 1 million shares, replacing a mostly utilized million-share buyback approved in 2009. The share repurchases will...
February 19, 2013MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators slipped to 11 out of 20 this week. Thus, we are posting a yellow banner. Retail Sales up 0.1%; up 4.4% Y/Y Business...
February 19, 2013OM Group swung to a fourth-quarter loss of $34 million, or $1.06/share, compared with a profit of $53 million in the year-ago quarter, on weakness in its magnetic technologies business...
February 19, 2013Rockwood’s fourth-quarter earnings declined 66% year-on-year (YOY), to $21.2 million, or 26 cts/share, on sales up 1.8%, to $829 million. Earnings for the 2012 fourth-quarter...
February 15, 2013Dow Chemical has launched a $1.5-billion share buyback program. The buyback does not have an expiration date. “Going forward, our three priorities for uses of cash will remain...