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M&A Activity Level Chills

10:30 AM MST | March 6, 2009 | Vincent Valk and Robert Westervelt

The global economic turmoil has created a chilly environment for industry M&A this year as companies remain pinned down by frozen credit markets. The slowdown in the economy and in chemical demand is expected to continue, further deteriorating company profits. The number and overall value of deals fell sharply in 2008, with the pace of decline accelerating during the second half amid a worsening economy. M&A will still occur this year, but the operative strategy is to proceed with caution, many analysts say. They point to an overall reduction in...

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