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  • UPDATE 2-Johnson Matthey optimistic for full-year Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 20- Johnson Matthey expects higher earnings this year after the speciality chemicals company increased first-half profits due to stronger sales of its products that help to make cars more environmentally friendly. The company said tighter environmental legislation was mainly responsible for boosting sales in Europe and Asia of its...

  • LONDON, Nov 20- Johnson Matthey, the world's largest autocatalyst maker, lifted its full-year forecast on Thursday after beating analyst forecasts with a rise in first-half profit thanks to strong car sales in Europe and tougher environmental rules. Johnson Matthey is among the best performing specialty chemicals companies. The London- listed company...

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were mixed at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 59 or 1.1 percent, to $51.48. DuPont Co. rose$. 09 or. 1 percent, to $71.25.

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 1:31 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are down at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 43 or. 8 percent, to $51.65. DuPont Co. fell$. 12 or. 2 percent, to $71.04.

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 11 or. 2 percent, to $51.96. DuPont Co. rose$. 04 or. 1 percent, to $71.20.

  • HOUSTON, Nov 19- Four workers who died on Saturday at a DuPont and Co plant in Texas were accidentally asphyxiated by chemicals, the coroner's office said on Wednesday, another finding that suggests the victims were not wearing full safety equipment. A DuPont spokesman declined to say if the victims were caught by surprise by the chemical or sent to repair a leak...

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were up at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 95 or 1.9 percent, to $52.07. DuPont Co. rose$. 69 or 1.0 percent, to $71.16.

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 53 or 1.0 percent, to $51.65. DuPont Co. rose$. 71 or 1.0 percent, to $71.18.

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 19 or. 4 percent, to $50.93. DuPont Co. rose$. 40 or. 6 percent, to $70.87.

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were down at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 25 or. 5 percent, to $51.12. DuPont Co. fell$. 33 or. 5 percent, to $70.47.

  • Chemical plant had some environmental violations Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:59 PM ET

    LA PORTE, Texas— State records show dozens of minor or moderate state environmental violations since 2009 at a Houston- area DuPont chemical plant where four people died from toxic fumes over the weekend. The plant, however, which covers 600 acres along the Houston Ship Channel in LaPorte and has operated since 1956, has received a satisfactory rating from the...

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:21 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are down at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 51 or 1.0 percent, to $50.87. DuPont Co. fell$. 33 or. 5 percent, to $70.47.

  • Morgan Stanley-backed firm denies state-owned past Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 1:43 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Chinese chemical manufacturer backed by Morgan Stanley has disputed an Associated Press report that raised doubts about the company's background and its claims to investors. The response came late Sunday from Tianhe Chemicals Group Ltd— a $5 billion company partially owned by U.S. investment banking giant Morgan Stanley's Asian private...

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 10:28 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are down at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 17 or. 3 percent, to $51.20. DuPont Co. fell$. 23 or. 3 percent, to $70.57.

  • HOUSTON, Nov 16- Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board were headed on Sunday to a DuPont and Co plant in LaPorte, Texas, to begin a probe of a chemical leak that killed four workers. Two of the dead workers were identified as brothers Robert and Gilbert Tisnado, according to Houston television station KTRK. A fifth worker was taken to an area hospital and...

  • Cause of deadly leak at Texas plant still unknown Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 3:44 PM ET

    LA PORTE, Texas— DuPont officials said Sunday it's still not clear what caused a toxic chemical to leak from a valve at a suburban Houston plant, killing four workers and injuring a fifth. Company spokesman Aaron Woods said DuPont is investigating the cause of the leak of methyl mercaptan at a plant in La Porte. A team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an...

  • HOUSTON, Nov 16- Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board were headed on Sunday to a DuPont and Co plant in LaPorte, Texas, to begin a probe of a chemical leak that killed four workers. Two of the dead workers were identified as brothers Robert and Gilbert Tisnado, according to Houston television station KTRK. A DuPont representative was not immediately...

  • DUBAI, Nov 16- Kuwait plans to offer to the public the shares in Kuwaiti joint ventures which U.S. petrochemicals giant Dow Chemical Co plans to sell off, state news agency KUNA quoted a senior Kuwaiti executive as saying. Dow Chemical announced last week that as part of a $7- $8.5 billion divestiture plan, it would reduce its equity positions in all of its Kuwaiti...

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 6:03 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were up at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. rose $1.41 or 2.8 percent, to $51.37. DuPont Co. rose$. 25 or. 4 percent, to $70.80.

  • Betting halted against Chinese firm in Hong Kong Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 2:23 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Hong Kong's stock market on Friday prohibited investors from making speculative bets about the stock of a Chinese chemical company backed by U.S. banking giant Morgan Stanley for at least 90 days. Similar blanket restrictions on short-selling a particular company do not exist in U.S. markets— and tend to ease pressure on the stocks of companies...