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  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 10:33 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are down at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 53 or 1.2 percent, to $44.26. DuPont Co. fell$. 43 or. 6 percent, to $73.82.

  • GLENDIVE, Mont.— Eastern Montana residents rushed to stock up on bottled water Tuesday after authorities detected a cancer-causing component of oil in public water supplies downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill. Elevated levels of benzene were found in water samples from a treatment plant that serves about 6,000 people in the agricultural...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 19- Three workers were seriously hurt in an explosion on Sunday at Petrobras' 323,000- barrel-a-day Landulpho Alves Refinery outside the northeastern city of Salvador, the second serious accident at Brazil's second-largest refinery in a week. The union will stage a wildcat protest strike until Tuesday morning, Cedro Silva, a director of...

  • *Workers suffered burns to 10-75 percent of bodies. RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 19- Three workers were seriously hurt in an explosion on Sunday at Petrobras' 323,000- barrel-a-day Landulpho Alves Refinery outside Salvador, Brazil, the second serious accident at Brazil's second-largest refinery in a week. Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as state-run Petrobras is formally...

  • Jan 15- Monsanto Co. received final U.S. approval on Thursday for herbicide-tolerant crops to be used with a new herbicide the company says will fight problematic weed resistance on farm fields, but critics say will only worsen the problems. Monsanto is still waiting for final approval from the Environmental Protection Agency for the herbicide it designed to...

  • USDA approves Monsanto's new GMO soybeans, cotton Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 1:21 PM ET

    Jan 15- Monsanto Co. received final U.S. approval on Thursday for herbicide-tolerant crops to be used with a new herbicide the company says will fight problematic weed resistance on farm fields, but critics say will only worsen the problems. Monsanto is still waiting for final approval from the Environmental Protection Agency for the herbicide it designed to...

  • Jan 14- Shipper Navigator Holdings Ltd expects continued demand for petrochemical gases in the fourth quarter to make up for a fall in liquefied petroleum gas shipments caused by the slump in oil prices, a senior executive told Reuters. But the 60 percent drop in global crude prices since June has squeezed opportunities for traders to profit from moving LPG...

  • *Peugeot buoyed by broker upgrade. LONDON, Jan 12- European equities gained on Monday, led by rising healthcare stocks, after Shire agreed to buy NPS Pharmaceuticals for $5.2 billion and Roche also struck a deal. Chemicals shares also performed well after U.S. investment bank Citigroup upgraded several European chemicals companies, including BASF.

  • Jan 7- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, said on Wednesday profits dropped 34 percent in the first quarter compared to a year ago, due in part to lower planted corn acres in South America and a shift in timing of some sales. Monsanto, known for its genetically engineered corn, soybeans and other crops as well as the popular Roundup herbicide, said net sales...

  • KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Jan 1- State oil giant Saudi Aramco has suspended plans to build a $2 billion clean fuels plant at its largest oil refinery in Ras Tanura, three industry sources said. The energy project appears to be one of the first suspended in Saudi Arabia in response to the halving of the oil price in the last six months. Aramco's Chief Executive, Khalid...

  • *UAE, Qatar retreat on profit-taking. DUBAI, Dec 29- Most Gulf stock markets pulled back on Monday after gaining strongly in the two previous sessions, but Saudi Arabia's petrochemicals sector rose after Brent crude oil climbed back above $60 per barrel. Although confidence in heavy state spending- underlined by Saudi Arabia's record 2015 budget plan, announced...

  • DuPont to take $315 mln restructuring charge in Q4 Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:50 PM ET

    Dec 18- DuPont said it will take a record a pre-tax charge of about $315 million in the fourth quarter related to the spin-off of its performance chemical business and other restructuring measures. The spinoff is part of DuPont's strategy to move into less volatile businesses. The chemicals unit has weighed on DuPont's results since 2012, mainly due to weak...

  • Dec 16- Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative, India's largest fertilizer producer, said it was suspending plans for a nitrogen fertilizer factory in Bécancour, Québec as its cost estimate exceeded C $2 billion. IFFCO and its Canadian partner La Coop fédérée, which had earlier estimated the project to cost C $1.6 billion, said they would look for partners...

  • *Dow Chemical to supply quantum dot material to LG. SEOUL, Dec 16- South Korea's LG Electronics Inc will launch a new range of high-tech TVs in early 2015, beefing up its line-up while it strives to cut costs that make its prized light-emitting diode sets too expensive for most consumers. A spokesman for the world's No. 2 TV maker after domestic rival Samsung...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 9- Russia's Sberbank said on Tuesday it had agreed to lend petrochemical company Sibur 42 billion roubles over five years.

  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan- based Potash Corp is reviewing its $4.5 billion worth of investments in China's Sinofert Holdings Ltd, Israel Chemicals, Jordan's Arab Potash Co PLC and Chile's SQM. Tilk said he is content with the influence Potash holds at Arab Potash and Sinofert. No decisions have been made, and Potash Corp would not act without consulting the...

  • Dec 3- Canada's Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, the world's largest fertilizer producer, is sizing up its chances of gaining control of the four other fertilizer companies in which it holds minority stakes, Chief Executive Officer Jochen Tilk said on Wednesday. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan- based Potash Corp is reviewing its $4.5 billion worth of minority stakes in...

  • Dec 1- Huntsman Corp said it would cut about 900 jobs and that it was exploring options to reduce capacity at its titanium dioxide, or white pigment, business. The chemical maker, which bought Rockwood Holdings Inc's pigments business for $1.1 billion in October, had been betting on a turnaround in demand for titanium dioxide. "They need to take some action to help...

  • Chemical maker Huntsman to cut about 900 jobs Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 8:13 AM ET

    The company said in September it would buy Rockwood Holdings Inc's pigments business for $1.1 billion, betting on a turnaround in the market demand for titanium dioxide, a pigment used to whiten everything from toothpaste to cars.

  • *Process will enable Sasol to meet new environmental rules. *Sasol claims process is a world first. SECUNDA, South Africa, Nov 27- South African petrochemicals company Sasol said it opened an industrial plant that converts toxic waste sludge into fertiliser this week, in an effort to stay ahead of new and tighter environmental regulations.