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  • March 20- The Sherwin-Williams Co, a U.S. paint company, said on Sunday it agreed to acquire Valspar Corp for about $11.3 billion, or $113 per share, in an all-cash transaction.

  • Test detects SLS in Honest Co. product

    Sodium lauryl sulfate was found in the company's liquid laundry detergent.

  • HOUSTON, March 9- Lyondell Basell Industries Chief Executive Bob Patel said on Wednesday the chemical company may at some stage sell its 263,776 barrel per day Houston refinery. For decades Lyondell management has described the Houston refinery as a primary source of feedstocks for the company's petrochemical plants, three of which are in industrial...

  • HOUSTON, March 9- Lyondell Basell Industries Chief Executive Bob Patel said on Wednesday that the chemical company may sell off its 263,776 barrel per day Houston refinery in "the longer term." For decades Lyondell management has described the Houston refinery as a primary source of feedstocks for the company's petrochemical plants, three of which are in...

  • DARMSTADT, Germany, March 8- German drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA expects adjusted core earnings to increase more than 10 percent this year, banking that additional profit from a takeover of lab supplies maker Sigma-Aldrich will offset higher expenses for drug development. The $17 billion Sigma-Aldrich deal, wrapped up in November, made Merck's Life...

  • DARMSTADT, Germany, March 8- German drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA raised the prospect of an increase of more than 10 percent in adjusted core earnings this year, expecting additional profit from the takeover of lab supplies maker Sigma-Aldrich to offset higher expenses on drug development. The $17 billion Sigma-Aldrich deal, wrapped up in November, made...

  • An oil pump jack in Russia

    Jon Forster of Impax picks green tech and other environmental winners and losers from oil’s decline.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.5 percent. MILAN, March 3- European shares fell back on Thursday, with chemicals maker Evonik and major healthcare stocks among the worst performers, halting a run of five straight days of gains. "For markets to continue to move higher more good data, especially out of the U.S., will be needed," said Markus Huber, a trader at City of London Markets.

  • MILAN, March 3- European shares fell back on Thursday, with chemicals maker Evonik among the heaviest fallers, after five straight days of gains brought a top European equity index to a one-month high. "For markets to continue to move higher more good data- especially out of the U.S.- will be needed," said Markus Huber, a trader at City of London Markets.

  • MILAN, March 3- European shares fell back on Thursday, with chemicals maker Evonik among the worst performers, as investors took a breather after five straight days of gains brought a top European equity index to a one-month high. Sportswear maker Adidas also fell 1.2 percent after reporting a larger than-expected net loss of 44 million euros for the fourth...

  • CHICAGO, March 2- Monsanto Co expects to face headwinds from weak commodity prices and currency fluctuations through 2016, its executives said on Wednesday, as the seed and agrochemical company slashed earnings guidance amid a slumping farm economy. The St. Louis- based company is hoping for a "bounce back" in growth next year with the broader launch of two key...

  • Reichhold, owned by a group of investors including Black Diamond Capital, is leading the race against specialized U.S. funds including SK Capital and KPS Capital, the sources said. The sale, led by Morgan Stanley, has seen SK Capital holding parallel talks with Italian oil major Eni, which last year put a majority stake in its Versalis chemical unit on the block...

  • The company said it expects to request an administrative law hearing from the EPA's Office of General Counsel within the next 30 days to dispute the EPA's conclusion that the pesticide is unsafe. It is registered for use on over 200 crops, including soybeans, almonds, tobacco, peanuts, cotton, lettuce, alfalfa, tomatoes, watermelon, and bell peppers, with some crops...

  • WASHINGTON, March 1- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it is issuing a notice of intent to cancel all Bayer CropScience and Nichino America flubendiamide products that pose a risk to aquatic invertebrates. EPA said it concluded that continued use of the insecticide would result in unreasonable adverse effects on the environment.

  • OSLO, March 1- Norwegian fertiliser maker Yara plans to cut operating costs and raise investments to become more competitive and grow its business, it said in an update ahead of an investor meeting on Tuesday. The company raised its estimate for 2016 capital expenditure to 17.9 billion Norwegian crowns from previous guidance of 14.5 billion, and predicted a...

  • Oil downturn pressures Solvay earnings

    Karim Hajjar, CFO of Solvay, says oil and gas prices have impacted profits after reporting a slower rate of growth.

  • BAKU, Feb 18- Azerbaijan's state oil company SOCAR has put on hold an ambitious petrochemical project due to a plunge in oil prices, but will invest $1.3 billion to upgrade its existing refinery and chemical facilities, a senior SOCAR executive said. Investments in the project, which drew interest from several foreign companies including Japan's Mitsui, were...

  • The average selling price for ammonia fell about 18 percent to $458 per ton in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, while the price of UAN fell 12.5 percent to $230 per ton, the company said. Net earnings attributable to stockholders fell to $26.5 million, or 11 cents per share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31 from $238.3 million, or 96 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • CHICAGO, Feb 17- Cargill Inc will stop selling seeds, fertilizer and crop chemicals to farmers in the Black Sea region, as the global trader continues to cut back operations in the face of sliding commodity prices. Cargill will immediately start winding down its crop input business in countries including Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Hungary, and completely exit...

  • *Q4 net profit falls to 24 mln Swiss francs. *Proposes steady dividend of 0.40 francs per share. ZURICH, Feb 17- Clariant had its worst day on the stock market in five months on Wednesday after its chief executive threw cold water on lingering speculation the Swiss specialty chemicals maker could be a takeover target.