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Seven Predictions for 2007

12:49 PM MDT | July 18, 2007 | Robert Westervelt Robw@Chemweek.Com

Chemical makers are upbeat about 2007 prospects as key indicators point to continued, if subdued, growth as our annual industry outlook shows (p. 16). Below CW’s editors have put together some of their predictions of key events and trends this year, which may include a few surprises. 1) A RECORD PRIVATE EQUITY DEAL. Private equity firms are well-armed with deep pockets and ready access to cheap debt. We expect a $10-billion-plus private equity deal in the chemical sector, with a chance of something much bigger. Could a seemingly chronic stock undervaluation...

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