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  • CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. _ Quaker Chemical Corp. on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $15 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.09 per share. Quaker Chemical shares have risen 26 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio _ Ferro Corp. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $19 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 27 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $305.1 million.

  • HOUSTON _ Kraton Performance Polymers Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $7.4 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Houston- based company said it had profit of 24 cents per share. Keywords: Kraton Performance Polymers, Earnings Report.

  • NEW YORK— Shareholders for agriculture and chemicals companies DuPont and Dow Chemical have approved their merger. DuPont said 98 percent of shareholders who participated in its meeting voted in favor of the combination, while Dow Chemical said 97 percent of participating shareholders did the same. DuPont and Dow Chemical were each founded in the 19th...

  • NORTHFIELD, Ill. _ Stepan Co. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $27.9 million. Stepan Co. shares have increased 26 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Stepan Co., Earnings Report.

  • July 15- U.S. specialty chemicals company Ferro Corp turned down acquisition offers from private equity firms Apollo Global Management LLC and CVC Capital Partners Ltd as too low, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. Ferro shares slumped 10.3 percent in extended-hours trading in New York on Friday to $12.80. In March, Ferro shareholder FrontFour...

  • July 15- Specialty chemicals company Ferro Corp turned down acquisition offers from private equity firms Apollo Global Management LLC and CVC Capital Partners Ltd as too low, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. Ferro's board met this week and rejected the offers, which were below the company's current trading price of around $14 a share, the people...

  • FRANKFURT, June 17- Germany's BASF SE, the world's largest chemical producer, is buying Albemarle Corp's surface-treatment unit Chemetall for $3.2 billion in cash, bolstering its automotive coatings business, the companies said on Friday. It is also the first major takeover under Chief Executive Kurt Bock, who has focused more on cutbacks and divestments...

  • FRANKFURT, June 17- Germany's BASF SE, the world's largest chemical producer, is buying Albemarle Corp's surface-treatment unit Chemetall for $3.2 billion in cash, bolstering its automotive coatings business, the companies said on Friday. Frankfurt- based Chemetall is a global supplier of specialty chemicals used in surface treatment of metals and plastics.

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

  • 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...

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  • 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.