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June 25, 2012
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators remained at 12 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a yellow banner. Housing Starts down 4.8%; up 28.5% Y/Y...
June 22, 2012
This Week on CW:   Cabot has agreed to buy Norit, a Dutch activated carbon maker, for $1.1 billion. Norit, which is owned by private equity firms Doughty Hanson and Euroland...
June 19, 2012
After a difficult few quarters for MEMC Electronic Materials, a maker of polysilicon and silicon wafers used in solar cells and semiconductors, most observers of the company expect it...
June 18, 2012
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators slipped to 12 out of 20 this week. Thus, we have moved to a yellow “caution” banner. Retail Sales down 0.2%; up...
June 18, 2012
Shares in Tronox have commenced trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at 9:30AM U.S. eastern time this morning under the ticker symbol ‘TROX,’ the company says...
June 11, 2012
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators remained stable at 14 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Consumer Debt up 3.1%; up 4.8% Y/Y...
June 8, 2012
KMG Chemicals fiscal third-quarter net income rose 54% year-on-year to $4 million, or 34 cts/share, on net sales up 7.6%, to $66.6 million and higher operating margins. Sales rose due...
June 7, 2012
Sachtleben (Duisburg, Germany), Rockwood and Kemira’s titanium dioxide (TiO2) joint venture, has entered into a new €430 million ($540 million) credit agreement consisting...
June 7, 2012
Calumet Specialty Products (Indianapolis) has acquired lubricants maker Royal Purple (Porter, TX) for $335 million, the company says. Royal Purple makes lubricants aimed at the...
June 7, 2012
Monsanto’s board of directors has authorized a three-year, $1-billion share repurchase program, to take effect on July 1. It will begin once Monsanto’s existing share...
June 5, 2012
Topping the headlines, the European Commission has cleared Eastman’s $4.7 billion acquisition of Solutia, as Solutia has scheduled a shareholders’ meeting on June 29 to...
June 1, 2012
The drop in natural gas prices due to new shale-related drilling and extraction will be a positive factor for the credit ratings of U.S. petrochemical companies, according to a...
May 29, 2012
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators was 15 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Existing Home Sales up 3.4%; up 10.0% Y/Y New Home...
May 23, 2012
Moody’s, in its near-term credit ratings forecast for the North American and European and Mideast (EMEA) chemical sector, indicated that solid growth in the developing markets as well as modest growth in North America will offset the mild recession in Europe. Price increases are expected to remain a leading driver of growth through 2013, and the high-price environment supports commodity chemicals over specialty chemicals, Moody's says....
May 22, 2012
Topping the headlines last week, Cytec’s transformation strategy continues apace. The company has launched a formal sale process for its coatings resins business, which could...
May 21, 2012
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators remained steady at 15 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Consumer Prices ≈ 0.0%; up 2.3%...
May 21, 2012
Cytec has launched a formal sale process for its coating resins business, its largest unit by sales. The company announced that it was exploring a sale of coating resins last fall. It...
May 17, 2012
Momentive Performance Materials has cancelled a debt tender offer announced yesterday. The offer covered up to $130 million of $200 million in debt due 2014, with an interest rate of...
May 17, 2012
Univar is issuing $750 million in senior, unsecured bonds and a new $750 million term loan to fund a $1 billion debt refinancing and a $544 million dividend to the company’s...
May 16, 2012
Momentive Performance Materials is planning to issue $450 million in new senior secured bonds to institutional investors. The debt will be used to repay $250 million worth of principal...
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