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Chem Links, November 11: Big Week for Bonds

3:15 PM MST | November 11, 2009 | By VINCENT VALK

Chem Links is our weekly round-up of stories and links from around the web related, in some way, to the chemical industry. If you have any suggestions, please email vvalk@chemweek.com.

Praxair is not the only company taking advantage of favorable conditions in the bond market this week – firms are on pace to sell $20 billion in bonds before the week is out. Even 'junk' rated issuers are getting on the act, says the Wall Street Journal. This is a huge change from last year, when the junk bond market was nonexistent and investment-grade companies sold less than $11 billion in debt for the entire month. (The Wall Street Journal; registration required)

It was a big week for BPA. As a study links workplace exposure to male sexual dysfunction, Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times notes that BPA is in most canned food, and became the latest to give voice to concerns about the chemical. (The New York Times)

Speaking of male sexual dysfunction, are chemicals turning boys into girls? A number of chemicals used in common products as varied as PVC and sunscreen may be linked to lower sperm counts, altered birth ratios, and other, less PG-rated anomalies. Maybe I should reconsider buying that murse. (Huffington Post)

China's recovery may be in full swing already. New data shows that industrial production and retail sales rose in October, and that economic growth is expected to exceed 10 percent. Production, in particular, rose 16.1%, the highest figure since March 2008. (Bloomberg)

Is Dow's environmental strategy tantamount to 'greenwashing'? One blogger thinks so, and he's not the only one. (Ecorazzi)

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