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  • *Sees 2016 profit outlook $5.50- $7.00/ shr vs est $7.01/ shr. *Posts profit $1.52/ shr vs est of $1.38/ shr. The company, which sells seed, fertilizers and chemicals directly to farmers in North America, said it expects to earn $5.50- $7.00 per share in 2016, slightly below analysts' average estimate of $7.01, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

  • China eyes Sinochem chief for ethics lapses Saturday, 6 Feb 2016 | 5:29 PM ET
    A Chinese policeman stands guard in front of a portrait of Mao Zedong at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.

    The president of Sinochem Group, China's energy and chemicals conglomerates, is under investigation for discipline violations, authorities said.

  • Bayer CropScience will instead ask for an administrative law hearing from the EPA's Office of General Counsel to review the registration of flubendiamide, the active ingredient in Bayer's Belt pesticide. The registration, granted in 2008, was a limited-time conditional registration that could be canceled if additional studies found the chemical to be...

  • Bayer CropScience will instead ask for an administrative law hearing from the EPA's Office of General Counsel to review the registration of flubendiamide, the active ingredient in Bayer's Belt pesticide. But the EPA's risk assessment disagreed so the agency sent Bayer the request on Jan. 29. After rejecting the EPA's request, Bayer now expects the agency to...

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 5- Monsanto could seek to expand in agricultural chemicals by deepening its partnership with Germany's BASF after losing out to ChemChina in its bid to buy seeds and pesticides firm Syngenta. But while the Ludwigshafen, Germany- based company is not willing to sell its pesticides unit, recent consolidation in the industry means it is now seen by...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A bankrupt chemical company responsible for a spill that contaminated a West Virginia river and fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 residents was fined $900,000 on pollution charges Thursday, with a judge noting that Freedom Industries likely could never pay it. Johnston said there were millions more in claims against the company...

  • LONDON, Feb 4- Flagging fertiliser prices are set for a further fall which will likely drive some high-cost Chinese producers out of business to help ease a stocks overhang and lift prices later in 2016, one of the world's largest producers, Russia's PhosAgro, said. Chief Executive Andrei Guryev said he expected prices for phosphate, potash and nitrogen...

  • HONG KONG, Feb 4- State-owned China National Chemical Corp plans for a mix of recourse and non-recourse loans to fund a $43 billion bid for Swiss seeds and pesticides group Syngenta, Thomson Reuters LPC said on Thursday, citing banking sources familiar with the plans. The specific breakdown of the funding package has yet to be decided, but about $30 billion would...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 3- The state-owned China National Chemical Corp, which plans to buy Swiss seeds and pesticide maker Syngenta, will promptly start preparations for what could be a lengthy U.S. national security review, as the House Agriculture Committee chairman said he would monitor the deal. The $43 billion deal, which was announced on Wednesday as a way for...

  • Merck and Chipotle are big market movers Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 4:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq stock market:. Merck& Co., down 36 cents to $50.05. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., down $13.93 to $461.74.

  • BELLE GLADE, Fla.— Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings. "I smelled a strong odor and started feeling bad," worker Maria Garcia later told a state investigator. An Associated Press review of federal and state enforcement data and other records revealed that the...

  • HONG KONG— ChemChina's offer to buy Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta is the latest in a string of deals that has turned the company into a Chinese chemical colossus with an increasingly international profile. Beijing- based ChemChina, also known as China National Chemical Corp., is one of the country's biggest industrial companies, with 140,000 employees in 150...

  • This transaction is about growth: Syngenta chairman Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 2:26 AM ET
    This transaction is about growth: Syngenta chairman

    Michel Demaré, chairman of Syngenta, says the takeover deal with state-owned ChemChina is good value for shareholders.

  • HONG KONG— A Chinese state-owned chemical maker offered to buy Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta for $43 billion in what would be the biggest-ever foreign acquisition by a Chinese company. Basel- based Syngenta said in a statement that ChemChina's cash offer is worth the equivalent of 480 francs a share, including a special 5 franc dividend for shareholders if...

  • ChemChina to buy Sygenta for $43 billion Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 1:19 AM ET
    ChemChina to buy Sygenta for $43 billion

    CNBC's Julia Chatterley reports from Basel on Syngenta and the takeover deal by ChemChina, a Chinese state-owned company.

  • HONG KONG— ChemChina offers to buy Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta in deal valued at more than $43 billion.

  • ChemChina close to $42B Syngenta deal: Sources Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 12:54 AM ET
    Ren Jianxin

    ChemChina is nearing a deal to take over Syngenta for around $42 billion, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

  • Dow Chemical CEO Liveris to retire by mid-2017 Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016 | 11:44 AM ET
    Andrew N. Liveris, CEO of The Dow Chemical Company.

    Dow Chemical reported better-than-expected quarterly profit on higher margins and that its CEO will retire by mid-2017.

  • NEW YORK— Dow Chemical on Tuesday reported a surge in its fourth-quarter profit on gains from the sale of its chlorine operations and lower costs from sinking oil prices. The profit boost comes as the Midland, Michigan- based company moves toward closing a merger with DuPont Co. in the second half of the year that would create a giant chemical company.

  • Axiall said on Friday that it had rejected Westlake's $1.4 billion takeover offer, saying it undervalued the company- an argument that Brigade Capital agreed with. Brigade Capital said in a letter to Axiall's board that it opposed the use of a "poison pill" with respect to Westlake's offer of $20 per share. Axiall shares were down 2.6 percent at $17.46 in afternoon...