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  • European shares hit fresh six week highs, OCI surges Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 4:32 AM ET

    *Julius Baer slides after tax-dodging charge. Top riser was OCI, up 11 percent after the Amsterdam- listed chemical company confirmed it is in advanced merger talks with U.S. fertilizer maker CF Industries Holdings Inc.. Yara sold a 50 percent stake in its British fertilizer manufacturer to CF Industries, its joint venture partner, three weeks ago and traders...

  • Fire, propane explosion damage Washington business Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 2:27 PM ET

    MOSES LAKE, Wash.— A dramatic fire and explosion that sent a propane tank flying 1,000 feet burned five buildings Friday at a company that makes plastic tarps to cover haystacks and set fire to 11,000 tons of hay in central Washington state. The blaze closed Interstate 90, the state's main east-to-west freeway, in both directions for about two hours.

  • July 17- U.S. fertilizer maker CF Industries Holdings Inc is in advanced merger talks with Amsterdam- listed chemical company OCI NV, the Wall Street Journal reported. Shares of CF Industries, which has a market value of about $14.8 billion, were up 7.4 percent at $67.22 after the report. Both CF Industries and OCI were not immediately available to comment on the...

  • CF Industries in merger talks with OCI - WSJ Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 1:32 PM ET

    July 17- U.S. fertilizer maker CF Industries Holdings Inc is in advanced merger talks with the Netherlands- based chemical company OCI NV, the Wall Street Journal reported. Both CF Industries and OCI were not immediately available to comment on the report. CF Industries and OCI are in discussions about a tie-up that could be reached as early as this month, the...

  • SEOUL/ SINGAPORE, July 16- Asian petrochemical makers are earning near record margins for turning naphtha into ethylene this year as low oil prices cut feedstock costs at the same time that delayed or canceled projects keep the market undersupplied. Asian naphtha crackers- once considered uncompetitive against U.S. and Middle East rivals using natural gas-...

  • *Greece to vote on bailout deal. *Syngenta top riser after hedge fund takes a stake. LONDON, July 15- European shares steadied at three-week highs on Wednesday, led by pesticide maker Syngenta, with investors focused on a crucial vote in Greece on a proposed bailout package to save the country from bankruptcy.

  • Paulson's hedge fund takes stake in Syngenta -sources Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | 6:15 PM ET

    July 14- Hedge fund Paulson& Co has taken a stake in Syngenta AG,, and could push for the board of directors of the Swiss pesticide maker to accept a takeover offer from U.S. seed company Monsanto Co, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, made a $45 billion bid for Syngenta that the Swiss company rejected.

  • July 14- Monsanto Co, whose Roundup product is one of the world's most widely used herbicides, said on Tuesday it has arranged for an outside scientific review of a World Health Organization finding that the weed killer's key ingredient probably causes cancer. Monsanto reacted to the finding by demanding a retraction, labeling the findings by a team of...

  • July 14- Monsanto Co, maker of one of the world's most widely used herbicides Roundup, said Tuesday that a panel of scientific experts will review the findings of a World Health Organization cancer research unit that found the key ingredient in Roundup is "probably carcinogenic to humans." But Monsanto immediately called for a retraction and called the findings...

  • July 13- Chemicals maker Platform Specialty Products Corp said it would buy Alent Plc for about 1.35 billion pounds in cash.

  • *Potash Corp wants control of K+ S Canadian project. FRANKFURT, July 9- Shareholders in takeover target K+ S say a deal could be done because suitor Potash Corp's main aim is to get control over its German rival's ambitious Canadian project and scale it back. Potash Corp could more easily ration global supply by controlling K+ S, but still commit to leaving its German...

  • China to let independent refiners import more crude Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 | 5:32 AM ET

    *Independent refiners to push up China's crude demand. SINGAPORE/ BEIJING, July 9- China is opening its crude oil imports to buyers outside of the state-owned sector, and independent refiners could get approvals for up to 600,000 barrels per day in shipments this year. China's largest independent refiner Shandong Dongming Petrochemical won approval this week...

  • SYDNEY, July 7- Australian chemical maker Orica Ltd said it would curb output and cut staff at a site in the state of Queensland, hit by faltering demand for explosives from the mining industry. Orica said it would lower production of ammonium nitrate as supply outstrips demand, while 10 percent of the 220 staff employed at the Yarwun site are expected to lose their...

  • German minister backs K+S's Potash bid rejection Saturday, 4 Jul 2015 | 1:38 PM ET

    FRANKFURT, July 4- A German regional minister gave his backing to potash miner K+ S's rejection of an $8.8 billion- euro takeover bid by Canada's Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, saying K+ S should remain a German company. Tarek Al-Wazir, minister of economy in K+ S's home state of Hesse, said on Saturday he would support K+ S's efforts to make sure regional jobs and value...

  • July 3- About 5,000 residents evacuated after the derailment of a freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas in eastern Tennessee were allowed home on Friday as investigators looked into the cause of the fiery accident. Authorities were examining the black box from the CSX Corp train that derailed with one tank car bursting into flames at midnight...

  • July 3- Investigators on Friday were looking into what caused a freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas to derail and catch fire in Tennessee, forcing the day-long evacuation of 5,000 people, officials said. The flames that engulfed a car of the CSX Corp train in Blount County, near Maryville in eastern Tennessee, late Wednesday were extinguished by late...

  • SEOUL, July 3- South Korea's Hanwha Chemical Corp said there had been an explosion at one of its plastic production plants, leaving five dead and one person missing. The explosion occurred during welding work to expand a waste water disposal facility at its No.2 plant, located in Ulsan, about 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, the company said in a statement on...

  • Potash Corp and K+ S have both acknowledged the bid publicly but have disclosed no other details. Potash Corp, however, intends to keep K+ S's German mines operational, would not divest its market-leading salt business, and would continue with the development of a $4 billion legacy mining project in Canada, the people said on Sunday. Potash Corp also views K+ S's...

  • June 26- A headless body daubed with Arabic writing was found on Friday at a factory in southeast France owned by Air Products and Chemicals Inc, a U.S.-based industrial gas and chemicals company. *Founded in 1940, the Allentown, Pennsylvania- based company reported $991.7 million in net income on $10.4 billion in sales in its most recent fiscal year.

  • *K+ S shares leap 39 pct to over 40 euros. FRANKFURT, June 26- Shares in German potash producer K+ S leapt as much as 39 percent to over 40 euros in early trading on Friday after the company received a takeover proposal from larger Canadian fertilizer producer Potash Corp.. The sources said the proposal valued K+ S at just over 40 euros a share, a 38 percent premium to...