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Experts See Strong Outlook for M&A, Financial Markets

11:33 AM MDT | May 31, 2011 | —vincent valk

Chemical companies are experiencing a period of financial strength, with healthy balance sheets, an open financing market, and rising interest in M&A, market players say. Even the stock market is looking favorably upon the industry. “By the end of the first-quarter of 2011, the chemical industry as a whole was trading at a modest premium to the S&P 500 on a price-to-earnings basis,” says Peter Young, president of Young & Partners (Y&P; New York). The stock market tends to undervalue the industry more often than not. The M&A market...

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