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  • 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...

  • *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.

  • 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...

  • July 17- As Monsanto Co struggles to convince rival Syngenta AG to discuss a potential merger, the seed and agrochemical giant is also wooing U.S. farmers, aiming to ease concerns about the proposed tie-up that could prompt regulatory challenges. Monsanto leaders have also been making appearances on national and regional broadcasts to make their case that...

  • 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...

  • Monsanto CEO on GMO controversy Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 8:08 AM ET
    Monsanto CEO on GMO controversy

    Hugh Grant, Monsanto CEO, weighs in on GMO foods and pesticide use among growers.

  • Monsanto's third try at Syngenta: CEO Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 8:03 AM ET
    Monsanto's third try at Syngenta: CEO

    Hugh Grant, Monsanto CEO, discusses his company's bid for Swiss pesticide maker Syngenta.

  • 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...

  • *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...

  • 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...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, June 29- Mergers and acquisitions worldwide in the second quarter of 2015 almost matched the record set in the second quarter of 2007, according to preliminary Thomson Reuters data, as big companies turned to deals to boost their market share. These include Royal Dutch Shell Plc's $70 billion acquisition of British rival BG Group Plc, cable...

  • 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...

  • *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...

  • K+S shares spike after takeover offer from Potash Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 3:09 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, June 26- Shares in German potash producer K+ S leapt 38 percent to 40 euros in early trading on Friday after the company received a takeover proposal from larger Canadian fertilizer producer Potash Corp.. Two sources close to the matter however, said late on Thursday that K+ S would likely reject the 7 billion euro takeover offer as being too low.

  • June 25- German potash producer K+ S said on Thursday it has received a takeover proposal from larger Canadian rival Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc, starting a new takeover saga in the fertilizer industry. Potash Corp would not comment. In 2010, Potash Corp itself was the target of a $39 billion hostile bid from global mining giant BHP Billiton.

  • June 24- Monsanto Co's efforts to expand its agrichemical interests beyond what has long been its bread-and-butter glyphosate herbicide business were underscored on Wednesday by news the company plans to invest potentially more than $1 billion in a production facility for an alternative herbicide. Monsanto officials expect to spend the money over the...

  • June 24- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, reported a better-than-expected profit for the third quarter on Wednesday, and said it continues to pursue the acquisition of Swiss rival Syngenta AG. Monsanto, known for its genetically engineered corn, soybeans and other crops as well as its popular Roundup herbicide, said for the quarter it made $1.14...