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  • March 12- Chemical company DuPont had offered Trian Fund Management LP one board seat, but that was not enough, the hedge fund's chief executive Nelson Peltz told CNBC on Thursday. Trian, which holds 24.6 million shares in DuPont, wants to nominate two members to DuPont's board and another two to the board of DuPont's spinoff company, Chemours, Peltz said.

  • WELLINGTON, March 10- Suspected environmental activists have threatened to contaminate infant formula in New Zealand, the world's largest dairy exporter, in an attempt to halt the use of an agricultural poison on pests such as rats and possums. New Zealand police said on Tuesday letters were sent to the national farmers' group and dairy giant Fonterra in...

  • FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates, March 5- Vopak, the world's largest independent storage tank operator, is expanding its chemical product storage capacity in Saudi Arabia, a senior executive told Reuters on Thursday. Vopak, which offers oil, chemical and biofuels storage in the world's top bunkering hubs Singapore and Rotterdam, as well as on the east coast of the...

  • BMW anybody? Carmakers to gain most from weak euro Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 8:13 AM ET
    BMW 3 Series

    European carmakers and chemical and tourism companies stand to gain most from the weak euro, while the airline sector looks set to be worst hit.

  • SAO PAULO, March 2- Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc, the world's largest fertilizer company by market value, agreed on Monday to pay about $56 million for a 9.5 percent stake in Brazilian rival Fertilizantes Heringer SA, the latest effort by Potash to grow in Latin America's largest economy. Under terms of the agreement, PotashCorp will acquire the stake...

  • Potash Corp to buy stake in Brazil's Heringer Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 8:26 AM ET

    March 2- Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc, the world's biggest fertilizer company by market capitalization, said it would buy a 9.5 percent stake in Brazil's Fertilizantes Heringer SA from its controlling shareholders for $55.7 million. The deal, expected to close in the second half of this year, will pave the way for a long-term potash supply agreement, allowing...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 27- Brazil's Braskem SA, Latin America's largest petrochemical company, said on Friday it had agreed to a revised naphtha supply contract with shareholder Petrobras, staving off a threatened shutdown of its Brazilian plants. The contract with Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as Petrobras is formally known, extends the supply agreement until Aug. 31,...

  • *Fourth quarter adjusted operating profit 1.46 bln euros. LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany, Feb 27- BASF, the world's largest chemical firm by sales, expects operating profit to stagnate this year due to lower oil prices and the cost of launching an unusually high number of production sites. The emerging markets are growing more slowly and the global economy is being...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Feb 26- Canadian farmers are plowing profits from bumper crops into fertilizer storage facilities to mitigate the pricing power held by major retailers and producers. Over time, the practice might erode the steep premiums farmers pay in the spring to retail businesses owned by Agrium Inc, Richardson International and Cargill Ltd, while...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Feb 27- The market chatter over forming a giant Chinese oil major through merging PetroChina and Sinopec has ramped up again recently, but the motivations for such a deal struggle to stand up to scrutiny. The Chinese authorities are mulling joining China National Petroleum Corp, the parent of PetroChina, and China Petrochemical Corp, the...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 22- The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week on Sunday as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines. Wal-Mart Stores Inc has said its U.S. workers will get a raise to at least $9 an hour, while West Coast port workers have reached a tentative deal for a new...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 22- The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines as of 12 a.m. CST on Sunday, according to union officials. After the latest breakdown between the two sides, Steelworkers leaders targeted Shell, which is the U.S. arm of...

  • Refinery strike widens to include largest U.S. refinery Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 3:45 AM ET
    Members of the United Steelworkers Union and other supporting unions picket outside the BP refinery on February 10, 2015 in Whiting, Indiana.

    The U.S. refinery strike widened, with workers at the nation's largest refinery walking off the job, the United Steelworkers union said.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 20- Russian fertiliser producers are willing to cut prices by up to 33 percent for domestic customers, Russian news agencies reported on Friday, citing Igor Artemyev, head of the country's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service. Artemyev's comments came after Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that Russia did not plan to impose an export tax on...

  • Feb 19- General Motors Co on Thursday named Craig Glidden, chief legal officer at chemicals company LyondellBasell Industries NV, as its general counsel, succeeding Michael Millikin, who is retiring in July. Glidden, 57, helped steer LyondellBasell out of bankruptcy and through restructuring. Glidden has been LyondellBasell's top lawyer since 2009, the same...

  • OSLO/ FRANKFURT, Feb 19- Norwegian fertiliser maker Yara and German chemicals firm BASF will spend $600 million building an ammonia plant in Texas, taking advantage of cheap shale gas to expand their presence in the United States, the companies said. Yara will own 68 percent of the project, to be built on BASF's industrial complex in Freeport, while the German firm...

  • JERUSALEM, Feb 16- Israel's main labour union threatened on Monday to shut Israel Chemicals main Dead Sea potash operations if the fertilizer and specialty chemicals maker does not revise a plan to cut jobs. ICL, which has exclusive permits to extract minerals from the Dead Sea, is one of the three largest suppliers of the crop nutrient potash to China, India and...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 13- Syngenta AG may file counterclaims against some of the more than 750 U.S. grain farmers and exporters who have sued the seed maker over sales of biotech corn seed that disrupted trading with China last year, regulatory documents show. Syngenta, the world's largest crop chemicals company, is "assessing the scope for potential counterclaims" in...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 13- Syngenta AG may file counterclaims against some of the more than 750 U.S. grain farmers and exporters who have sued the seed maker over its sales of a type of biotech corn seed that disrupted trading with China last year, a regulatory filing shows. Syngenta, the world's largest crop chemicals company, is "assessing the scope for potential...

  • Feb 11- U.S. fertilizer company Mosaic Co's fourth-quarter profit nearly tripled, helped by strong demand for phosphates and potash. The company's shares rose 2.3 percent at $51.94 in morning trading in New York on Wednesday. Rival Potash Corp of Saskatchewan last month reported higher-than-expected quarterly profit.