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  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are down at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 38 or. 8 percent, to $49.06. DuPont Co. fell$. 15 or. 2 percent, to $76.03.

  • 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.

  • Feb 11- Trian Fund Management LP urged DuPont shareholders to vote Nelson Peltz and three other nominees to the board, days after the chemical company named two of its own nominees as directors. The activist investor also noted that DuPont Chief Executive Ellen Kullman had sold more than half of her holdings in the company since the fund first disclosed its...

  • China uncovers power abuses, nepotism at Sinopec Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 | 3:22 AM ET

    BEIJING, Feb 7- China's anti-corruption watchdog said on Saturday that it had uncovered evidence of graft at China Petrochemical Corp, warning the state-owned oil giant to take strong action to eradicate kickbacks, nepotism and theft. Sinopec, the parent company of China Petroleum& Chemical Corp, must take steps to stop "power-for-money dealings" and prevent...

  • The acquisition vehicle, dubbed Quinpario Acquisition Corp 2, has so far outbid private equity firms, including American Securities LLC, in the auction for Royal Adhesives, the people said on Friday. Arsenal Capital Partners, the buyout firm that owns Royal Adhesives, may still decide to sell the company to American Securities or another bidder, the people added.

  • *Says was considering a Trian nominee as additional board member. *Says Trian wants Nelson Peltz himself on DuPont board. Feb 5- Trian Fund Management turned down DuPont's proposal to consider appointing one of the activist investor's nominees to the company's board as the fund wanted its chief executive, Nelson Peltz, to get a seat, the chemical maker said.

  • Feb 5- Specialty chemical manufacturer W.R. Grace& Co said it would split into two companies in a tax-free transaction to shareholders, driving up its shares by as much as 15 percent. W.R. Grace, which emerged from one of the longest U.S. bankruptcies in 2013, said the split would improve its strategic focus, simplify operations and allow for better use of capital.

  • UPDATE 1-Chemical maker W.R. Grace to split in two Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 8:09 AM ET

    Feb 5- Specialty chemical manufacturer W.R. Grace& Co said it would split into two companies to improve strategic focus, simplify operating structures and make better use of capital. W. R. Grace said one company, which is likely to have sales of about $1.8 billion, will consist of its businesses that make products used in the refining, petrochemical, personal care and...

  • Chemical maker WR Grace to split into two companies Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 6:40 AM ET

    Feb 5- Specialty chemicals maker W.R. Grace& Co said it would split into two public companies through a tax-free transaction to shareholders aimed at improving strategic focus, simplifying operating structures and making better use of capital. One company will consist of Grace's businesses that make products used in the refining, petrochemical, food,...

  • European shares end higher, led by LVMH and Greek banks Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 12:27 PM ET

    PARIS, Feb 4- European stocks ended higher on Wednesday as better-than-expected results from LVMH triggered a rally in luxury goods makers, while Greek banks continued to recover on hopes of a deal with the European Union on Greece's debt. "Sales growth was particularly solid in the United States and Japan," Barclays France director Franklin Pichard said.

  • European shares rise, led by LVMH and Greek banks Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 10:49 AM ET

    PARIS, Feb 4- European stocks rose on Wednesday as better-than-expected results from LVMH sparked a rally in the shares of luxury goods makers while Greek banks continued to recover on hopes of a deal with the EU on Greece's debt. "Sales growth was particularly solid in the United States and Japan," Barclays France director Franklin Pichard said.

  • PARIS, Feb 4- European stocks were steady on Wednesday but better-than-expected results from LVMH sparked a rally in the shares of luxury goods makers, while investors booked gains on energy shares after oil prices fell back. "Sales growth was particularly solid in the United States and Japan," Barclays France director Franklin Pichard said.

  • Feb 3- Diversified chemicals maker Tronox Ltd said it would acquire FMC Corp's Alkali Chemicals division for $1.64 billion to expand in faster-growing developing economies. Tronox said all of Alkali Chemicals' revenue is booked in the United States, enabling the company to utilize its U.S. tax attributes to offset Alkali Chemicals' pretax income.

  • Feb 3- DuPont has interviewed activist investment firm Trian Fund Management LP's slate of directors, including its founder Nelson Peltz, according to people familiar with the matter, a step that could lead to a compromise with the chemical company over the composition of its board. Trian has put John Myers, Arthur Winkleblack, Robert Zatta and Peltz forward for...

  • Potash's profit beats as sales rise, costs fall Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 10:52 AM ET
    A worker prepares a railcar to transport potash from the Potash of Saskatchewan Lanigan mine in Lanigan, Sasketchewan, Canada.

    Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strong potash sales and lower costs.

  • Potash Corp's shares rose more than 3 percent Thursday in Toronto and New York, touching their highest level since May 2012 in Toronto. Potash Corp sold 2.5 million tonnes of potash, the most ever in a fourth quarter and up 42 percent year over year. Potash Corp, the second-biggest potash producer by output after Russia's Uralkali OAO, reported fourth-quarter...

  • Jan 29- Dow Chemical Co's adjusted profit handily beat analysts' estimate as margins in its agricultural sciences business soared, helped largely by new crop protection products. The company plans to raise $7.5 billion to $8 billion from asset sales by mid-2016. Net income available for the company's shareholders fell 24 percent to $734 million, or 63 cents per...