April 17- Chemicals maker DuPont expects its agriculture business to grow this quarter as farmers buy seeds and insecticides after a delayed start to planting season in North America, which hurt the company's revenue in the first quarter.» Read More
Swiss-Swedish engineering company ABB said on Monday it had agreed to sell its Lummus Global business to Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I) for an enterprise value of $950 million.
Before the recent downturn in the U.S. stock market, portfolio strategists and market prognosticators said the resiliency of the markets was a key sign of positive times ahead.
Steelmaker ThyssenKrupp on Friday reported a 62% increase in net profit in its fiscal third quarter as rising demand for steel lifted its sales.
St Gobain, the world's biggest building materials group, said on Tuesday it would buy clay and mortar company Maxit Group from Germany's HeidelbergCement in a deal worth around $3 billion.
Stocks are finding their feet on higher ground this morning as a positive tone embraces equities markets worldwide. Oil continues to back down from the new high struck earlier this week.
U.S. stocks futures are slightly firmer ahead of the opening in a market still cranky about credit worries and pondering the Fed's next move. European stock markets are mixed after trading lower this morning, and Asian stocks were lower overnight.
Timber company Weyerhaeuser reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings on Friday, as strength in its packaging products business helped offset weak demand for wood products from U.S. home builders.
Miner Anglo American unveiled plans to sell Tarmac, its U.K.-based road building unit, as it met forecasts with a 22% rise in first-half earnings and announced a further $4 billion share buyback.
International Paper said on Thursday its second-quarter profit rose on improved pricing and stable volumes, but earnings fell short of market expectations and pulled the company's shares down 2.7%.
Global miner Rio Tinto first-half profit fell 6%, hurt by higher costs and unfavorable exchange rates despite selling its copper, iron ore, and other industrial commodities at sharply higher prices.
A selling wave in global stock markets is sweeping futures lower this morning as subprime and credit woes once more rise to the surface. A new disclosure about a third troubled hedge fund at Bear Stearns is rattling investors.
ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, reported a net profit of $2.72 billion for the second quarter as it sold more steel at higher prices to offset higher costs.
Stocks are ready to spring higher on the opening as economic data, earnings and some merger news gets investor attention this morning. GM's better-than-expected earnings report is adding a positive tone.
Alcan, the target of a $38.1 billion takeover by Rio Tinto, said Tuesday its quarterly profit fell 2.5%, largely on costs stemming from a stronger Canadian dollar.
Futures are perking up this morning and are setting stocks up for a firmer opening. Traders are turning their attention to earnings and some percolating merger news, and there's a calm on Wall Street after Friday's late day, mad dash down-hill ride for stocks.
Credit worries and bad news from home builders trumped any positives from the stream of earnings being reported this morning. Wall Street is set up for a steep drop on the opening and the talk in the market focuses on whether the takeover boom is ending.
Strong earnings news is helping push credit market fears back into the shadows this morning, and stocks are poised to spring higher at the opening. Some Asian markets sold off after yesterday's bad day on Wall Street and Europe is mostly lower.
Wall Street is heading for a lower opening as some weak earnings and credit market jitters outweigh positive profit reports from companies like Pepsico and Lockheed-Martin. European markets are moving lower after overnight gains in Tokyo and Hong Kong shares.
Norwegian oil and gas company Norsk Hydro on Tuesday reported a 2% rise in second-quarter net profit, boosted mainly by high aluminum and oil prices, and said its merger with oil giant Statoil is on track.
Transocean, the world's largest offshore driller, said Monday it would buy GlobalSantaFe for about $17 billion in a no-premium deal, adding a fleet of shallow-water drilling rigs to its deepwater equipment.The deal includes stock, as well as pay-out to shareholders of both companies totaling $15 billion.
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