U.S. chemical maker DuPont's third-quarter profit beat analysts' estimates due to strong performance in its businesses that make solar panel parts and bullet proof vests.
Operating profit jumped 67 percent at the company's electronics and communications business, which supplies metal pastes and other materials used in solar panels.
The company's safety and protection unit, which makes Kevlar bulletproof fiber, posted a 16 percent rise in operating profit.
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Dupont is looking at agriculture, alternative energy and specialty materials to offset flagging sales in its paint pigment business. The company said in July that it was exploring options for the paint pigment unit.