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  • Bayer's quarterly profits missed market expectations, but the German drugs and chemicals group was upbeat about 2008 and said its healthcare and agrochemicals units would drive earnings.

  • Specialty chemicals company Clariant swung to profit in 2007 on reducing costs and raising prices, and CFO Patrick Jany said strong demand was likely to keep up this year.

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  • Full-year net profit at the world's biggest agrochemicals company, Syngenta, rose 75 percent to $1.11 billion, beating forecasts, as crop prices rose sharply amid raging demand for food and biofuel.

  • Dutch chemical group Akzo Nobel said on Thursday it expected 2007 revenues of 10.2 billion euros ($15.10 billion), reassuring investors about its coatings unit performance and lifting its shares.

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    U.S. chemical major DuPont said Tuesday that fourth-quarter earnings rose before special items, helped by increased profits from its performance materials business and strong agricultural sales in Brazil.

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  • Germany's Bayer will cut 1,500 jobs at its plastics unit -- 10 percent of the division's workforce -- despite a higher-than-expected rise in group quarterly operating profit, it said on Tuesday.

  • Europe's major indexes closed lower Tuesday as investors remained cautious in the run up to Wednesday's Federal Reserve decision and in the wake of a generally disappointing batch of major earnings reports.

  • BASF raised its full-year profit forecast after third-quarter operating profit came in as expected thanks to acquisitions, higher demand and prices for its chemicals and agrochemicals products.

  • Dow Chemical Thursday reported lower-than-expected third-quarter profit, hurt by a change in German tax law and a charge for acquisition costs.

  • European markets closed firmly higher Tuesday, boosted by a rally in the U.S. and Asia and a further retreat by oil prices from record highs.

  • It was a busy Tuesday for earnings reports, with several big-name companies issuing latest results. Here's what market analysts and corporate executives appearing on CNBC Europe had to say about the latest numbers.

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    Chemical maker DuPont said on Tuesday that third-quarter profit rose more than 8 percent as higher international seed sales offset weakness in the U.S. housing and auto markets.

  • Dutch chemical group Akzo Nobel said on Tuesday its third-quarter core profit rose 11 percent, supported by its chemical unit and cost cutting at its decorative coatings business.

  • European stocks finished in negative territory Thursday, after a sharper-than-expected drop in Bank of America's third-quarter profit caused by the credit crisis dragged financial and banking stocks lower.

  • Dutch chemical group Akzo Nobel unveiled a 2 billion euros ($2.8 billion) share buyback and raised its dividend payout ratio on Monday as it seeks shareholder approval for its $16.3 billion purchase of Britain's ICI.