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Commodity earnings, margins reflect productivity gains

4:47 PM MDT | April 28, 2014 | —CW Staff

North American commodity chemical producers report a solid first quarter despite some weather-related impacts. Productivity gains are a frequent theme. Dow Chemical reports stronger first-quarter profits, driven by gains in most segments as well as productivity and cost-control actions. Adjusted earnings of 79 cts/share increased 14% year-on-year (YOY), easily beating the analysts’ consensus estimate of 70 cts/share. Sales increased 1% YOY, to $14.5 billion. Net income increased 75% YOY, to $964 million. Sales in emerging geographies grew 3% YOY on an...

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