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Activists advance

9:30 AM MST | February 20, 2015

For better or worse, activists are likely to be a recurring theme in industry. Even with recent high-profile spats involving blue chips names, such as Air Products, Dow Chemical, and DuPont, activist activity is likely to expand to more companies. Activists are raising funds at an aggressive pace, and high-profile campaigns against chemical makers may draw others to the sector....


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