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Margin Growth Helps Diversified Firms Beat Estimates

8:42 AM MDT | October 29, 2010 | —NANCY SEEWALD

Basic and diversified chemical companies posted big profit gains in the quarter ended September 30, and most beat the consensus of analysts’ estimates as reported by Thomson One (New York). Companies cite margin expansion and volume growth as top drivers of earnings improvement. Higher selling prices are also helping to offset increases in raw material costs. Dow Chemical says its Ebitda reached a level “not seen since before the economic crisis.” Dow’s third-quarter net income soared 97%, to $705 million, on higher volumes and selling prices. Excluding...

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