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  • CLAYTON, Mo. _ FutureFuel Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $18.7 million. The Clayton, Missouri- based company said it had profit of 43 cents per share. FutureFuel shares have fallen almost 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • March 8- Dutch paint maker Akzo Nobel NV is exploring a sale or merger with a peer, and is in talks with companies including U.S. coatings manufacturer PPG Industries Inc, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The sources asked not to be identified because the matter is confidential. Bloomberg News reported earlier that PPG was exploring a potential...

  • FRANKFURT, March 2- German consumer products group Henkel said it had submitted a binding offer to buy the global Darex Packaging Technologies business from GCP Applied Technologies for $1.05 billion on a cash and debt free basis. The bolt-on acquisition would add a business to Henkel's adhesives division that makes sealants and coatings used by...

  • Feb 21- Chemical maker Tronox Ltd said it would expand a business that makes titanium dioxide, a whitening pigment used in paints, with a $1.67 billion deal. Shares of the company were up 4 percent in premarket trading on Tuesday. Credit Suisse was Tronox's financial adviser, while Kirkland& Ellis LLP and Willkie Farr& Gallagher LLP were its legal advisers.

  • Feb 21- Chemical maker Tronox Ltd said it would expand a business that makes titanium dioxide, a whitening pigment used in paints, paper and plastics with a $1.67 billion deal. Tronox is buying the titanium dioxide unit of privately held chemical and mining company Cristal. Cristal will hold a 24 percent stake in the new Tronox, which will include the expanded...

  • Kottmann told reporters on Thursday he was not considering a transformative deal involving the unit, concentrating instead on smaller bolt-on acquisitions similar to oil industry deals the company made in Texas last year for a combined 366 million Swiss francs. With the chemicals sector being transformed by megadeals including Monsanto's $66 billion...

  • Betting big on lithium

    Luke Kissam, Albemarle CEO, discusses the demand for lithium due to the growing need for batteries.

  • LONDON, Nov 28- Belgian specialty materials group Umicore has completed the sale of its zinc units to U.S. based private equity firm OpenGate Capital for $150 million. It was renamed EverZinc by OpenGate Capital. The U.S. private equity firm has recently bought Italian PVC films manufacturer Alfatherm and is looking to increase investment in the nano-zinc...

  • Nov 3- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday it added seven new agents, including the HIV virus and an industrial solvent, to its list of carcinogens. The list identifies factors including chemicals, agents like viruses, X-rays and ultraviolet radiation, and divides them into two categories- known to be a human carcinogen and reasonably...

  • NEW YORK Oct 24- On Monday, Time Warner filed a disclosure at the Securities and Exchange Commission of its $85 billion merger agreement with AT&T. The SEC filing includes a provision notifying investors that Time Warner amended its bylaws over the weekend to direct all shareholder litigation to Delaware Chancery Court. The net effect of this recent precedent,...

  • PPG's shares fell 8.1 percent to a more than seven-month low of $93.91, wiping out more than $2.2 billion of market value, in morning trading on Friday. The company said it expected a loss of 74 cents- 77 cents per share from continuing operations for the three months ended September, compared with a profit of $1.52 per share a year earlier. PPG said in June it would...

  • **Cabela's Inc said it agreed to be bought by Bass Pro Shops in a deal valued at $5.5 billion that will combine the top two hunting and fishing retailers in the United States. **Cardtronics Plc, which describes itself as the world's biggest operator of non-bank ATMs, said on Monday it would buy independent Canadian ATM owner DirectCash Payments Inc in a deal valued at...

  • German drug and chemicals giant Bayer has made an unsolicited takeover offer for Monsanto, the world's biggest seed company.

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

  • 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.

  • Dupont and Dow Chemical

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

  • 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.

  • Nelson Peltz

    Activist investor Nelson Peltz stepped up his fight to break up the company, as his Trian Fund nominated himself and three other members to the board.