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  • Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is helping to finance Dow's just-announced deal to buy specialty chemical maker Rohm and Haas for over $15 billion in cash. Berkshire is contributing an equity investment in the form of $3 billion worth of convertible preferred securities.  The Kuwait Investment Authority is also making a $1 billion investment.

  • Dow Chemical to Buy Rohm & Haas for $18.8 Billion Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 10:35 AM ET
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    Dow Chemical said on Thursday it would buy rival Rohm and Haas for $15.3 billion in a move to broaden its product offerings in higher margin markets such as paints, coatings and electronic materials.

  • Two pieces of positive news this morning: 1) Wal-Mart sales better than expected and raising guidance, and 2) Dow Chemicalspacer buying Rohm and Haas. Jobless claims lower than expected is also a help.