German drug and chemicals giant Bayer has made an unsolicited takeover offer for Monsanto, the world's biggest seed company.
The oil market is reaching some stability after earlier volatility, the vice chairman of Saudi petrochemicals giant SABIC said.
Karim Hajjar, CFO of Solvay, says oil and gas prices have impacted profits after reporting a slower rate of growth.
CNBC's Julia Chatterley reports from Basel on Syngenta and the takeover deal by ChemChina, a Chinese state-owned company.
ChemChina is nearing a deal to take over Syngenta for around $42 billion, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Dow Chemical and DuPont are expected to announce a merger of equals by Thursday, sources told CNBC.
Dow reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by higher margins in five of its six units.
Stable, low oil prices are good because the drop in crude is supply-driven and will act as stimulus, Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris tells CNBC.
DuPont reported a 52 percent jump in profit as operating margins rose in five of its seven businesses.
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