• EXCLUSIVE-GE seeks buyer for fuel dispenser unit-sources Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | 12:46 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 27- General Electric Co is preparing to sell its energy unit that makes fuel dispensers in a deal that is expected to fetch more than $500 million, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Wayne was part of Dresser Inc, the energy infrastructure company that GE bought in 2010 for $3 billion.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 26- A fire broke out at Lukoil's petrochemical plant in the southern Russian city of Budyonnovsk, wounding some, a local Emergency Ministry said on Wednesday. The Emergency Ministry said the fire broke out after a loss of pressure in the ethylene section of the Stavrolen plant in Russia's southern region of Stavropol.

  • BASF's Q4 earnings beat estimates     Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 6:45 AM ET

    Hans Engel, BASF Corporation chairman & CEO, discusses the chemical company's fourth quarter results, and weighs in on currency volatility and the impact of the EU probe of subsidies. We produce our own power, says Engel.

  • *Follows forecast-beating profit at U.S. rivals Dow, DuPont. LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany, Feb 25- BASF, the world's largest chemicals company by sales, predicted a small rise in operating profit this year, with an uncertain economic outlook tempering its optimism over growing demand from automakers and consumer goods companies.

  • We are just providing information, "said Michael Livingston, a government agricultural economist and one of the authors of the report, prepared by the USDA's Economic Research Service.

  • "Today marks an important milestone for the farm workers who plant, tend, and harvest the food that we put on our tables each day," Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator, said in a statement.

  • U.S. proposes new safety rules for farm pesticide use Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 5:37 PM ET

    "Today marks an important milestone for the farm workers who plant, tend, and harvest the food that we put on our tables each day," Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator, said in a statement.

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 20- European chemicals and plastics makers are cutting in-house research and instead trying to persuade industrial customers to work together on developing running shoes, cars or electronics. Solvay is developing polymer linings for corroded pipelines with an oil major while Lanxess is helping VW unit Skoda make car parts.

  • Chemical maker Ashland to sell water unit for $1.8 bln Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    Feb 18- U.S. chemical manufacturer Ashland Inc said it would sell its water technologies unit to a fund managed by Clayton, Dubilier& Rice for about $1.8 billion. The proceeds will be used to fund a $1.35 billion stock repurchase it also announced on Tuesday. Ashland shares were up 2.3 percent at $98.40 in early trading.

  • Feb 13- Phillips 66 Partners LP said it would buy a 681- mile refined products pipeline system and two refinery-grade propylene storage systems from Phillips 66 for $700 million.

  • Feb 11- Specialty chemicals maker PQ Holdings Inc, backed by Carlyle Group LP, filed with U.S. regulators to raise up to $450 million in an initial public offering of common stock. BofA Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse Securities and JP Morgan Securities are the lead underwriters, PQ said.

  • *Adjusted earnings $0.48/ share vs estimates $0.37/ share. Feb 11- U.S. chemical maker Huntsman Corp's forecast higher earnings across all its business units this year, after posting a better-than-expected quarterly profit as cost cuts boost margins.

  • Feb 11- U.S. fertilizer company Mosaic Co reported a 79 percent plunge in quarterly profit on Tuesday as prices fell. Net earnings for the fourth quarter slid to $129 million, or 30 cents per share, the company's second-smallest quarterly profit in four years.

  • Adjusted EPS 48 cents vs estimates 37 cents. Feb 11- U.S. chemical maker Huntsman Corp's fourth-quarter adjusted profit comfortably beat analysts' estimates, helped by higher demand for polyurethane used in foam insulation and paint pigments.

  • Chemical maker Huntsman posts fourth-quarter profit Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 6:12 AM ET

    Feb 11- U.S. chemical maker Huntsman Corp posted a profit in the fourth quarter, helped by improved demand for pigments and polyurethanes used in foam insulation. The company's net income was $41 million, or 17 cents per share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a loss of $40 million, or 17 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 3 percent to $2.71 billion.

  • BERLIN, Feb 10- German tyre and car parts group Continental has bought U.S. private equity investor Carlyle Group's rubber and plastics division for about 1.4 billion euros, it said on Monday.

  • ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Feb 7- Syngenta AG, the world's largest crop chemicals company, has commitments to sell its entire supply of a genetically modified corn variety that is not approved by China, U.S.

  • ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Feb 7- The world's largest crop chemicals company, Syngenta AG, has commitments to sell its full supply of a genetically modified corn variety known as Agrisure Viptera or MIR 162 for the 2014 growing season, U.S.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- A U.S. judge on Wednesday ordered Citgo Petroleum Corp to pay more than $2 million for violations of U.S. environmental laws over toxic emissions at the company's refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, from 1994 to 2003.. Clean Air Act, said the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.1 percent. LONDON, Feb 5- European stocks inched up on Wednesday after a steep two-week sell-off, but concerns about global growth and emerging market currencies kept investors on edge.

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