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China slowdown

6:05 AM MDT | August 28, 2015

Our cover story by Deepti Ramesh features a timely assessment of prospects in China (p. 23). Concern about a slowdown there coupled with dropping energy prices is roiling global capital, resource, and commodity markets (p. 7)....

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Canada slumps

After a strong performance for the past few years, Canada’s chemical industry is slowing in 2015 as oil, gas and commodities slump (p. 23)....

Basics shine

Basics and diversified chemical makers in the United States remain the market’s steadiest performers. Second-quarter financial results show US commodity and diversified chemical producers benefiting from a recovering domestic market and lower feedstocks costs despite challenges from a stronger US dollar (p. 9)....

Chemical equities on a roll

From the outhouse to the penthouse—chemical stocks, especially in the United States, have been flying high along with the broader market (p. 23) after a long period of relative underperformance in the late 1990s and early 2000s....

Responsible Care

Our cover story this week profiles ACC’s Responsible Care program, industry’s signature environmental, health, safety and security initiative....

Moore’s Law at 50

Our cover story this week, from Rebecca Coons, profiles the outlook for electronics chemicals on the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law ( p. 21)....

Mid-year check up

Despite weaker-than-expected GDP in first-half 2015, US chemicals volumes are expected to rise a solid 3.2% year-on-year (YOY) in 2015, according to ACC’s mid-year economic outlook report, released at the ACC annual meeting held in Colorado Springs, CO earlier this month....

Buying it back

Chemical industry M&A activity remains decent but below peak levels despite the continuing climb in industry demand and profitability. Chemicals’ M&A equity value is on pace to total $60 billion for 2015, an increase of more than 20% from 2014, according to data from Young & Partners (Y&P; New York) (p. 11). The figures are healthy but tracking below the 2011 record level of $80 billion....

DuPont, Trian showdown

Trian’s bid to gain representation on DuPont’s board heads to a conclusion at the company’s annual meeting in Wilmington, DE, on 13 May (p. 7). DuPont seems to have lost some momentum in recent weeks as three proxy advisory firms, which guide decisions by pension funds and some other institutional investors, have endorsed Trian founder and CEO Nelson Peltz’s bid for a seat at DuPont....

Material gains

First-quarter performance for US chemical makers has been okay so far despite nasty currency impacts (pp. 7, 9). A strong dollar weighed down revenues, but most segments, with agriculture as a notable exception, posted solid results....

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