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Pricing and outages shape commodity earnings

2:26 PM MDT | August 18, 2014 | —Clay Boswell

Commodity producers in North America have turned in mixed second-quarter results that show the effects of production outages and price pressures. Huntsman reports net income of $119 million, up 153% year-on-year (YOY) on gains across all segments except pigments. Revenues totaled $2.99 billion, up 5.6% YOY. Earnings of 59 cts/share were well above the analysts’ consensus estimate of 48 cts/share compiled by Thomson Reuters (New York). “We saw strong earnings in the second quarter as a result of increased demand for key products such as [methylene...

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