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October 1, 2012
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators remained steady at 14 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Consumer Confidence up 9.0 points, to...
October 1, 2012
3M is acquiring Ceradyne, a maker of technical ceramics for automotive, oil and gas, solar, industrial, and electronics applications, for $860 million. The deal values Ceradyne at...
September 28, 2012
Ecolab has announced plans to purchase Quimiproductos, a maker of cleaning, sanitizing, and water treatment products, for $35 million. Quimiproductos sells mainly to the beverage and...
September 26, 2012
H.B. Fuller’s fiscal third-quarter net income rose 11% year-on-year, to $24.6 million, on higher volumes and prices. Adjusted earnings, excluding costs related to the Forbo...
September 26, 2012
Omnova’s fiscal third-quarter net income jumped to $6.4 million, from $400,000 in the year-ago quarter, on lower raw material costs and a favorable sales mix. Adjusted earnings...
September 26, 2012
DSM says it has invested in the fourth China Environment Fund of Tsing Capital (Hong Kong). DSM has been investing in strategic funds through its venturing subsidiary for the past 10...
September 25, 2012
Private equity firms First Reserve and SK Capital’s leveraged buyout of TPC Group has received early termination of the merger waiting period mandated by the Hart-Scott-Rodino...
September 24, 2012
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators was 15 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Housing Starts up 2.3%; up 29.1% year-on-year (YOY)...
September 21, 2012
This Week on CW:   Syngenta is bidding to acquire rice biotech firm Devgen for $523 million million, and also acquiring Pasteuria Bioscience for $86 million.   Arkema is...
September 21, 2012
While concern about the macroeconomic situation rose from 2011 to 2012, chemical industry executives remain focused on growth and investment, and most say their companies are in a...
September 20, 2012
Rockwood’s new debt issue, first announced earlier this week, has increased in size to $1.25 billion, from $750 million, according to Standard & Poor’s (S&P; New...
September 19, 2012
Rockwood is issuing $750 million in new senior unsecured debt due 2020, the company says. Moody’s has rated the debt ‘Ba2,’ a notch below Rockwood’s corporate...
September 17, 2012
FMC has named Paul Graves, formerly partner and managing director investment bank Goldman Sachs, CFO effective October 1. Graves succeeds Kim Foster, who will retire at the end of this...
September 14, 2012
This Week on CW:   This Brazilian government has increased tariffs for 100 products, including various forms of polyethylene and polycarbonate to support domestic chemical makers...
September 13, 2012
This Week on CW:   Orascom subsidiary IFCo announced plans to invest $1.4 billion to build a 1.5-2 million m.t./year fertilizers complex along the Mississippi River in Iowa. It...
September 10, 2012
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators improved by one to 16 out of 20 this week. Thus, we post a green banner. Non-Farm Payrolls up 96,000 Unemployment Rate down...
September 5, 2012
LyondellBasell has priced a previously announced sale of 17.5 million common shares at $46.94/share. The will produce proceeds of $821.3 million for private equity firm Apollo...
September 5, 2012
3M and Avery Dennison say they are working to renegotiate 3M’s proposed $550-million acquisition of Avery Dennison’s office and consumer products business in light of U.S...
September 4, 2012
LyondellBasell’s owners are selling 17.5 million new shares of common stock in conjunction with its listing on the S&P 500, which was announced last week. The new shares will...
September 4, 2012
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators was 15 out of 20 this week. Thus, we post a green banner. Consumer Confidence down 4.8 points to 60.6 Personal Income up...
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