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  • Chinese state company launches bid for Italy's Pirelli Sunday, 22 Mar 2015 | 11:27 PM ET

    BEIJING— China's biggest state-owned chemical company announced plans Monday to acquire Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli, adding to a string of high-profile Chinese corporate purchases in Europe. ChemChina said it has agreed to buy a 26.2 percent stake in Pirelli Tyre S.p.A. from its biggest shareholder, Camfin S.p.A., which is controlled by the family of...

  • BOGOTA, Colombia— The new labeling of the world's most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the U.S.-backed war on drugs. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the World Health Organization, has reclassified the...

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 8:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were mixed at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 56 or 1.2 percent, to $47.29. DuPont Co. fell$. 17 or. 2 percent, to $74.34.

  • The WHO's cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, said glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto Co herbicide Roundup, was "classified as probably carcinogenic to humans." Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, said scientific data do not support the conclusions and called on the WHO to hold an urgent meeting to explain the...

  • Popular weed killer deemed probable carcinogen by UN Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 2:25 PM ET

    LONDON— One of the world's most popular weed-killers— and the most widely used kind in the U.S.— has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The decision was made by IARC, the France- based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, which considered the status of five insect and weed killers including...

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 1:25 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 77 or 1.6 percent, to $47.50. DuPont Co. rose$. 32 or. 4 percent, to $74.83.

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 10:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 09 or. 2 percent, to $46.82. DuPont Co. fell$. 12 or. 2 percent, to $74.39.

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 2:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are down at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 86 or 1.8 percent, to $46.68. DuPont Co. fell $1.03 or 1.4 percent, to $74.98.

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 10:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are down at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 49 or 1.0 percent, to $47.05. DuPont Co. fell$. 25 or. 3 percent, to $75.76.

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 2:23 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. unchanged at $46.63. DuPont Co. rose$. 14 or. 2 percent, to $74.82.

  • SANTIAGO/ WINNIPEG, March 18- Shares in Chilean fertilizer group SQM plunged on Wednesday after three board representatives from Canada's Potash Corp resigned in protest at its handling of an illicit payments scandal that has shaken the Chilean establishment. SQM Vice Chairman Wayne Brownlee, who is also chief financial officer of Potash Corp, and two...

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 11:37 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are down at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 47 or 1.0 percent, to $46.16. DuPont Co. fell$. 60 or. 8 percent, to $74.08.

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 6:16 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were down at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 40 or. 9 percent, to $46.63. DuPont Co. fell $2.39 or 3.1 percent, to $74.68.

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 2:32 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are down at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 64 or 1.4 percent, to $46.39. DuPont Co. fell $2.35 or 3.0 percent, to $74.72.

  • SANTIAGO, March 17- SQM fertilizer company has fired its chief executive after it became embroiled in an election campaign financing scandal that has rocked the Chilean establishment, tainting business leaders and politicians with close links to the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Shortly after the announcement, SQM said it would voluntarily...

  • CHICAGO, March 17- U.S. farmers will likely use less nitrogen fertilizer this season with the cost sky-high even though the price of natural gas, the key ingredient to make it, is down 40 percent from last year. "What we're seeing this season is a reduction in rates," said Ray Carpenter, senior vice president of agronomy for Farmers Cooperative in Ames, Iowa, referring to...

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 10:28 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are down at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 52 or 1.1 percent, to $46.51. DuPont Co. fell $1.13 or 1.5 percent, to $75.94.

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 6:03 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were down at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 02 or percent, to $47.03. DuPont Co. fell $3.43 or 4.3 percent, to $77.07.

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 1:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are down at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 22 or. 5 percent, to $46.83. DuPont Co. fell $2.24 or 2.8 percent, to $78.26.

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 10:34 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are down at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 30 or. 6 percent, to $46.75. DuPont Co. fell $1.64 or 2.0 percent, to $78.86.