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  • Fertilizer makers Agrium, CF post higher profits Wednesday, 5 Aug 2015 | 6:10 PM ET

    Aug 5- North American nitrogen fertilizer producers Agrium Inc and CF Industries reported on Wednesday higher second-quarter profits after markets closed. Agrium's net earnings from continuing operations for the second quarter rose to $675 million, or $4.71 per share, from $625 million, or $4.34 per share a year ago. Agrium, however, lowered the top end of its...

  • Aug 4- U.S. fertilizer company Mosaic Co reported a much higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Tuesday, helped by strong phosphates sales and improved potash prices. The move completes the changing of the guard at North America's biggest fertilizer companies, following Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, Agrium Inc and CF Industries. Opportunities to buy...

  • Aug 4- U.S. fertilizer company Mosaic Co reported a much higher-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strong phosphates sales, improved potash prices and lower costs. North America's second-biggest potash producer also said second-quarter potash sales volume fell 8 percent to 2.3 million tonnes from a year earlier, while average realized potash price...

  • Fertilizer maker Mosaic's Q2 profit rises 57 pct Tuesday, 4 Aug 2015 | 7:11 AM ET

    Aug 4- U.S. fertilizer company Mosaic Co reported a 57 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by strong phosphates sales, improved potash prices and lower costs. Mosaic said net earnings attributable to the company rose to $390.6 million, or $1.08 per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $248.4 million, or 64 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • What is driving the rise in chemicals M&A? Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 3:30 AM ET
    What is driving the rise in chemicals M&A?

    Anton Ticktin, partner at The Valence Group, explains how profits and strong balance sheets are impacting the chemicals industry.

  • How influential is activism in the chemicals sector? Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 3:30 AM ET
    How influential is activism in the chemicals sector?

    Anton Ticktin, partner at The Valence Group, discusses how activist investors are targeting companies in Europe and the impact they have on M&A.

  • If it acquires K+ S, Potash Corp, the world's biggest fertilizer producer, would finish building K+ S's Saskatchewan mine and operate it, selling its potash offshore through its Canpotex marketing arm, Chief Executive Jochen Tilk said during a conference call. Potash Corp said it intends to talk with K+ S management, despite K+ S's rejection this month of Potash...

  • "The stock probably will see a bit of a rebound solely based on having reached a 52- week low, and people are going to look at the dividend yield, which has gotten pretty attractive," said Peter Prattas, analyst at AltaCorp Capital. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan- based Potash Corp said it intends to talk with K+ S management, despite its rejection this month of Potash Corp's...

  • July 30- Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc reported a 12 percent drop in quarterly profit, missing Wall Street estimate, hurt mainly by weak nitrogen earnings and lower phosphate sales. Potash Corp said nitrogen production, the company's second-biggest business, fell 2 percent to 1.6 million tonnes in the second quarter ended June 30, from a year earlier, while...

  • Potash Corp profit drops 12 pct Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 6:12 AM ET

    July 30- Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc, the world's biggest fertilizer company by market capitalization, reported a 12 percent drop in quarterly profit, hurt mainly by weak nitrogen earnings and lower phosphate sales. The company's net income fell to $417 million, or 50 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $472 million, or 56 cents per share, a...

  • Chemicals firm Cytec snapped up for $5.5B Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 7:17 AM ET

    Belgian chemical group Solvay will buy U.S. peer Cytec for $5.5 billion to boost its presence in lightweight composites for planes and cars.

  • *To invest $5 bln in refining, petrochemicals by March. MUMBAI, July 24- India's Reliance Industries Ltd said on Friday it will invest $5 billion across its refining and petrochemicals business by next March, after strong refining margins boosted its quarterly profit. Controlled by India's richest man Mukesh Ambani, Reliance is India's second-largest company...

  • LONDON, July 24- European shares edged lower on Friday, led down by satellite operator SES and chemicals firm BASF after poorly received corporate updates. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 was down 0.3 percent at 1,574.44 at 0706 GMT, hitting a one-week low. German firm BASF, the world's largest chemicals company by sales, fell 4.1 percent after earnings missed...

  • *China remains a mixed bag, CEO says. *CEO implying Dow won't sustain Q2 China growth: analyst. July 23- Dow Chemical Co warned of soft demand in China, raising concerns that the largest U.S. chemical maker by revenue would not be able to maintain its growth rate in the key market.

  • *Syngenta CEO says sees no need for deal. ZURICH, July 23- Syngenta and unwanted suitor Monsanto squabbled over an earnings report from the Swiss pesticides maker on Thursday, with both sides claiming it strengthened their case in a $45 billion takeover battle. Monsanto wants to combine its world-leading seeds business with Syngenta's own seeds and pesticides.

  • BAKU, July 22- Azeri state energy company SOCAR plans to sell part of its stake in Turkish petrochemicals company Petkim to cash in on a rise in its share price, SOCAR's president was quoted as saying by Azeri news agency APA-Economics on Wednesday. SOCAR- Turkey has built a 65 percent holding in Petkim since 2007, most recently adding a 10 percent stake bought from...

  • UPDATE 2-BASF to split off struggling pigments businesses Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 10:24 AM ET

    *BASF says looking into all options for pigments units. FRANKFURT, July 22- German chemicals company BASF will set up separate legal entities for its pigments businesses and look into all options, which could include sales, for operations that have been suffering from industry overcapacity. A spokeswoman said BASF would assess all options and no decision had...

  • BAKU, July 22- Azeri state energy firm SOCAR plans to sell part of its shares in Turkish petrochemical company Petkim, SOCAR's president was quoted as saying on Wednesday. "Petkim's share price rose to 4.35 Turkish lira per share from 1.8 Turkish lira in the last two years and that's why we would like to sell part of our shares." SOCAR- Turkey bought 10.32 percent stake...

  • Plant 'milkers' seek molecules for medicines and make-up Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 8:43 AM ET

    *Companies including BASF and Chanel have teamed up with PAT. LARONXE, France, July 22- A quiet village in eastern France is home to an unusual greenhouse. Several major companies, including German chemicals group BASF and French cosmetics maker Chanel, have teamed up with Plant Advanced Technologies in the hope of securing privileged access to the so-called...

  • BEIJING, July 21- China's crude oil imports from Iran rose in June to a two-month high, customs data showed on Tuesday, just as the Islamic nation begins to look ahead to ramping up its exports in the wake of last week's nuclear deal. Thomson Reuters Oil Research& Forecasts had estimated China's June imports from Iran at 507,300 bpd, and has said it expects the volumes...