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November 14, 2011
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators was 16 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Consumer Debt up 3.6% annual rate; up 2.4% Y/Y Import...
November 3, 2011
DuPont is considering a sale of its automotive coatings unit, financial sources say. The business could be worth as much as $4 billion in sale, according to a report in Bloomberg...
November 3, 2011
Koppers Holdings’ third-quarter net income rose 44% year-on-year, to $22.4 million, or $1.08/share, on sales up 19%, to $401 million. Earnings beat analysts’ consensus of...
October 31, 2011
Topping the headlines last week, third-quarter at U.S. basic and diversified firms earnings were generally solid despite slowing growth. The story was similar elsewhere. In Europe...
October 28, 2011
This Week on CW: Third-quarter earnings at chemical firms were mostly strong despite the weak economy. U.S. basic and diversified firms generally experienced rising sales and profits...
October 27, 2011
Minerals Technologies reported net income of $15.7 million for the third-quarter of 2011, or 87 cts/share, down 6% year-on-year from the same period last year, the company says...
October 27, 2011
Airgas fiscal second-quarter earnings rose 17% year-on-year, to $77.7 million, or $1.01/share, on sales up 12%, to $1.19 billion, the company says. Excluding an asset impairment...
October 26, 2011
Rentech Nitrogen Partners, the nitrogen fertilizer arm of Rentech, is planning an IPO worth up to $362 million, the company says. Rentech also has a biofuels businesses. The nitrogen...
October 26, 2011
Ferro recorded net income of $18.2 million, or 21 cts/share, during the third-quarter of 2011, compared to a net loss of $2.4 million, or 4 cts/share, during the same period in 2010...
October 25, 2011
Topping the headlines last week, earnings season is getting into full swing, and reports have been mixed thus far. AkzoNobel’s net income fell 32%, while PPG’s income rose...
October 25, 2011
Ecolab’s adjusted net income for the third-quarter rose 13% year-on-year, to $177 million, or 75 cts/share, the company says. Including special charges and tax items, net income...
October 24, 2011
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators was stable at 15 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Consumer Prices up 0.3%; up 3.9% Y/Y...
October 21, 2011
This Week on CW:   As earnings season gathered steam reports were, once again, mixed. AkzoNobel reported net income down 32% year-on-year, to 217 million ($301 million), as the...
October 21, 2011
Air Products’ fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 10.5% year-on-year, to $325 million, or $1.51/share, the company says. Sales rose 11%, to $2.6 billion, while operating income...
October 21, 2011
Sitting on a $6 billion cash pile, LyondellBasell has launched a tender offer to buy back about $2.8 billion in debt due 2017 and 2018, and pay a special dividend to shareholders of up...
October 18, 2011
Topping the headlines last week, DuPont has put Teijin Films, its polyester-film joint venture, and a power-based coatings unit, up for sale, according to a report in Bloomberg. The...
October 17, 2011
Lanxess has acquired Unitex Chemical (Greensboro, NC), a maker of phthalate-free plasticizers and other specialty chemicals, such as flame retardants, the company says. Terms of the...
October 17, 2011
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators was unchanged at 15 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Consumer Debt down 4.6% (SAAR); up 2.1%...
October 14, 2011
This Week on CW:   The French National Assembly has voted to ban bisephenol A (BPA) in food packaging by 2014. The French Senate has not taken up the bill, which would make France...
October 14, 2011
Clariant has issued about €365 million ($506 million) in new debt due in 2014 and 2016, the company says. The debt has been issued to German investors. The debt due in 2014 is worth about €242 million, while debt due in 2016 is worth about €123 million....
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