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  • May 12- Honeywell International Inc, a U.S. manufacturer of aerospace parts and climate control systems, said it would spin off its $1.3 billion resins and chemicals business into a standalone company, as it focuses on high-growth businesses. The new company, to be named AdvanSix Inc, will be spun off by early 2017, Honeywell said on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, May 6- Specialty chemicals company Ferro Corp, which makes glass-based coatings, pigments and polishing materials, has hired investment bank Lazard Ltd to explore a sale, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. In March, Ferro shareholder FrontFour Capital Group LLC, a Greenwich, Connecticut- based hedge fund, called on the company to explore a...

  • In March, Ferro shareholder FrontFour Capital Group LLC, a Greenwich, Connecticut- based hedge fund, called on the company to explore a sale, arguing that potential buyers would be interested in Ferro's "significant operational improvement, strong market share positions, robust free cash flow generation and deep acquisition pipeline." Ferro said last month its...

  • CHINESE INDUSTRIES INVOLVED INCLUDE TEXTILES, METALS, LIGHT INDUSTRY, SPECIALTY CHEMICALS, MEDICAL PRODUCTS, HARDWARE, AGRICULTURE- USTR.

  • The oil market is reaching some stability after earlier volatility, the vice chairman of Saudi petrochemicals giant SABIC said.

  • March 20- The Sherwin-Williams Co has agreed to acquire rival U.S. paint company Valspar Corp, the companies said on Sunday, in an all-cash deal valued at about $9.3 billion. Valspar shares closed at $83.83 on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange, and Sherwin-Williams ended at $288.69. "The combination expands our brand portfolio and customer relationships in...

  • March 20- The Sherwin-Williams Co has agreed to acquire rival U.S. paint company Valspar Corp, the companies said on Sunday, in an all-cash deal valued at about $8.9 billion. Valspar shares closed at $83.83 on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange, and Sherwin-Williams ended at $288.69. Sherwin-Williams and Valspar said they have highly complementary products,...

  • March 20- The Sherwin-Williams Co, a U.S. paint company, said on Sunday it agreed to acquire Valspar Corp for about $11.3 billion, or $113 per share, in an all-cash transaction. The transaction also accelerates Sherwin-Williams' growth strategy by expanding in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and also adds new capabilities in the...

  • March 20- The Sherwin-Williams Co, a U.S. paint company, said on Sunday it agreed to acquire Valspar Corp for about $11.3 billion, or $113 per share, in an all-cash transaction.

  • Oil downturn pressures Solvay earnings

    Karim Hajjar, CFO of Solvay, says oil and gas prices have impacted profits after reporting a slower rate of growth.

  • *Q4 net profit falls to 24 mln Swiss francs. *Proposes steady dividend of 0.40 francs per share. ZURICH, Feb 17- Clariant had its worst day on the stock market in five months on Wednesday after its chief executive threw cold water on lingering speculation the Swiss specialty chemicals maker could be a takeover target.

  • Elmrox Investment Group LLC, which says it owns more than $100 million in Ashland stock, said Valvoline would be more valuable as a stand-alone company and suggested it be structured as a master limited partnership. Ashland shares opened lower on Wednesday, hitting $93.62 and then rebounded, inching up 0.3 percent to around $96.50 toward the end of the session.

  • Elmrox Investment Group LLC, which says it owns more than $100 million in Ashland stock, said Valvoline would be more valuable as a stand-alone company and suggested it be structured as a master limited partnership. The hope is for Ashland shareholders to collect some change-in-control premium while the "iron is hot", Don Bilson, head of event-driven research at...

  • *Casino slumps after Muddy Waters note. LONDON/ MILAN, Dec 17- European shares surged on Thursday as investors took the U.S. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 1.6 percent by 1530 GMT after climbing to a one-week high, while Germany's DAX, France's CAC and Britain's FTSE 100 rose between 3 to 1 percent.

  • *Companies to merge, then split into three. Dec 11- Chemical titans DuPont and Dow Chemical Co agreed to combine in an all-stock merger valued at $130 billion in a move that pleased activist investors, would generate tax savings and trigger more consolidation while drawing scrutiny from regulators. The "deal of three centuries," as Wells Fargo analyst Frank Mitsch...

  • Dupont and Dow Chemical

    Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris said Friday the groundwork for a deal with DuPont had already been laid out.

  • Dec 9- A potential marriage of chemicals titans Dow Chemical and DuPont would draw intense scrutiny from regulators in the United States and other countries, but Wall Street welcomed the reported merger talks, lifting shares of both companies by 12 percent. "I look at it like Pepsi and Coca-Cola merging, then splitting into syrup, bottling, and snacks& sundry...

  • The production plant for high density polyethylene of Dow Chemical in Tessenderlo.

    Dow Chemical and DuPont are expected to announce a merger of equals by Thursday, sources told CNBC.

  • Andrew Liveris, CEO of Dow Chemical at 2015 WEF in Davos, Switzerland.

    Dow reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by higher margins in five of its six units.

  • Members of the United Steelworkers Union and other supporting unions picket outside the BP refinery on February 10, 2015 in Whiting, Indiana.

    The U.S. refinery strike widened, with workers at the nation's largest refinery walking off the job, the United Steelworkers union said.