Kronos Worldwide, Inc.

  • Can a Turnaround in TiO2 Make Money for You?

    By Bob Chandler - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: DD, KRO, TROX

    It's been a tough last nine months for the titanium dioxide pigment (TiO2) industry. The business has been in a steep and steady decline since early 2012 record results. But with a history of major booms and busts, should investors start preparing for an eventual TiO2 turnaround now?

    What is TiO2?

    TiO2 is a white inorganic pigment used in a wide range of products for its ability to impart more »

  • 1 Stock to Avoid in 2013

    By Neha Chamaria - March 20, 2013 | Tickers: DD, HUN, KRO, RIO, TROX

    Editor's Note: Glenn R Simmons recently passed. This article has been corrected, and Motley Fool apologizes for the error.

    One of the last in the industry to report its fourth quarter, Kronos Worldwide (NYSE: KRO) was a disaster waiting to happen. Its sales tanked, bottom line switched colors, and nothing that management said for 2013 sounded optimistic.

    I don’t really blame Kronos’ management -- The industry has been in more »

  • Why You Shouldn’t Take Your Eyes Off This Volatile Stock

    By Neha Chamaria - March 6, 2013 | Tickers: DD, HUN, KRO, PPG, TROX

    This stock is not for the weak hearted. It has had a history of pendulum swings – there were days when it dropped double digits on a single day, and there there were some when it gained as much.

    Tronox (NYSE: TROX) had the best numbers on display in the industry in its last quarter. Barron’s even considers the chemical maker a must have. So what gives? With core markets more »

  • Grab This Super Stock Before it Bounces Back

    By Neha Chamaria - February 15, 2013 | Tickers: DD, HUN, KRO, DOW, TROX

    This stock has lost more than 8% in a week’s time; and I find it stupid. Huntsman’s (NYSE: HUN) core business continues to grow, margins are improving, dividends are great, and its stock is cheaper than most think. In short, it’s a perfect opportunity for Foolish investors.

    Right on top

    Revenue from Huntsman’s polyurethanes business inched up 13% in the fourth quarter, capping off 2012 with more »

  • Why This Stock Could Heat up Over the Next Few Days

    By Neha Chamaria - February 6, 2013 | Tickers: DD, HUN, KRO, DOW, TROX | Editor's Choice

    Huntsman’s (NYSE: HUN) shares have had an excellent run up in recent weeks, gaining 10% year-to-date, which also meant a fresh 52-week high in late January. For its shareholders, there could be more in store as the chemical giant checks in with its fourth-quarter numbers next week.

    Huntsman has surprised in each of the past four quarters, even when peers failed to deliver. There are reasons to believe it more »

  • Insiders Have Bought BlackRock, Adobe, and More

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - January 24, 2013 | Tickers: ADBE, ADC, BLK, BF-B, KRO

    We’ve reviewed a number of studies on insider trading and have concluded that stocks bought by insiders narrowly outperform broader market indices (read more about studies on insider trading). Our impression is that this is because insiders’ pocketbooks are already dependent on the company, and so they should generally diversify their investments to avoid too much exposure to any company-specific events. Insider buys therefore signal that the stock’s more »

  • Tis the Season for Titanium Dioxide Companies

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - December 26, 2012 | Tickers: KRO, NL, ROC 130817C00060000, TROX, VHI

    Life is a series of rising and falling, sometimes we’re up, sometimes down. When we’re up, we want to stay there the best way we know how and when we’re down, we try the best way we know how to get back up. Trading in the stock market is similar to life for investments as well, they both have cycles of rising and falling values. The peak more »

  • Two Insiders Love This Chemicals Stock

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - November 30, 2012 | Tickers: ALB, CBT, CHMT, EMN, KRO

    Robert Dover, a member of the Board of Directors at Chemtura Corporation (NYSE: CHMT), directly purchased 8,700 shares of the company’s stock on Nov. 27 at an average price of $20.04 per share. Dover now owns a little over 23,000 shares in the $2 billion market cap specialty chemicals company, so this recent purchase represented a substantial percentage increase in his exposure to the stock. At more »

  • When Dirt-Cheap Valuations Do Not Mean a Buy

    By Neha Chamaria - November 21, 2012 | Tickers: DD, HUN, KRO, SHW, TROX | Editor's Choice

    If anyone tells you about a stock that’s trading at a paltry 5 times earnings and is within 20% of its 52-week low, you’d probably jump at the opportunity. I would have done the same, if the industry in which Kronos Worldwide (NYSE: KRO) operates wasn’t so unpredictable.

    I think it’s prudent for an investor to get a grip on what’s going on around a more »

  • 5 Tempting Dividend Stocks to Stay Away From

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - November 6, 2012 | Tickers: KRO, MDP, PBI, SWY, RGR

    We have identified five dividend-paying stocks that have a short interest of around 20% or more. Sometimes short interest in stocks is overdone and short covering provides for a stock price pop, however we do not that is the case for the five stocks we have listed below. All five companies pay a dividend that yields over 4%, expect one, which will likely catch the attention of a number of more »

  • Watch Out, This Stock has Stepped on the Gas

    By Neha Chamaria - November 5, 2012 | Tickers: DD, HUN, KRO, DOW, TROX

    Just days ago I told you when and why this stock would take off. If you didn't buy in, you can only blame yourself for missing the flight!  

    An earnings beat when peers disappointed has made Huntsman (NYSE: HUN) turn heads. The chemical maker’s third quarter threw up several key facts that make it worth every watchlist now. A consistently stable primary business and improvement in two struggling more »

  • 3 Cheap Chemical Companies With High Dividend Yields

    By Anh HOANG - October 31, 2012 | Tickers: CIX, KRO, NL, TNH

    We, as human beings, need natural resources to live in this world. However, we cannot use those resources raw. Those resources need to be processed in order to be helpful in our daily lives. That is a job of the chemical industry. Chemical companies are considered extremely important, as they convert raw natural resources into more than 70,000 different products for both consumer and industrial uses. With its necessity more »

  • 1 Reason This Stock Could Head Higher Next Week

    By Neha Chamaria - October 26, 2012 | Tickers: DD, HUN, KRO, DOW

    After miserable numbers from DuPont (NYSE: DD) and a mixed bag from Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW), all eyes are now fixed on chemical maker Huntsman (NYSE: HUN), which is about to check in with its third-quarter numbers next week.

    When a company like DuPont couldn’t escape the blow of global concerns, expecting Huntsman to deliver might sound a bit overboard now. DuPont is not only more diversified than Huntsman more »

  • 2 Perfect Stocks Down 40% Each?

    By Chad Henage - October 16, 2012 | Tickers: HUN, KRO, RSG, VE, WM

    If it seems like an oxymoron that a “perfect stock” could be down 40%, that's exactly why I think investors should pay attention. I'm always on the lookout for companies that are off their 52 week high by enough that just a recovery in the stock could give investors a nice return. I recently used the Fool.com CAPS Screener for large cap stocks that both rated a perfect 5 stars by the CAPS community, and were down 50% from their 52 week high. The problem was there were no companies that met this test. When I lowered the percentage to 40% only two companies popped up. The two companies this screen turned up were Veolia Environnement S.A. (NYSE: VE) and Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: KRO). In theory, these are two “perfect” stocks selling at a 40% discount, what I want to know is why?

  • Why This Stock Could Disappoint You Next Week

    By Neha Chamaria - October 15, 2012 | Tickers: DD, HUN, KRO, MON, DOW

    DuPont’s (NYSE: DD) shares have traded in a pretty narrow range since its last earnings announcement, and there are valid reasons behind it. To start with, its second-quarter numbers were anything but impressive even as rivals like Monsanto (NYSE: MON) rocked the Street with stellar numbers. To make matters worse, DuPont lowered its full-year earnings outlook. Just a few days later, a bigger blow came in the form of more »

  • Why This Stock Has Every Chance to Inch Higher

    By Neha Chamaria - September 17, 2012 | Tickers: DD, HUN, KRO, DOW

    The past few quarters haven’t been top-notch for this specialty chemicals company. The top line remained stagnant, and headwinds were strong. Yet, shares of Huntsman (NYSE: HUN) hit a 52-week high this past Friday. What has driven these gains, and is there more to look forward to?

    Riding potholes
    What’s commendable is that Huntsman’s bottom line grew despite several challenges, internal and external.

  • When a Low P/E Shouldn’t be the Only Reason to Bet on a Stock

    By Neha Chamaria - August 17, 2012 | Tickers: DD, HUN, KRO, DOW

    Kronos Worldwide (NYSE: KRO) presents an interesting situation right now. Its stock is trading at a low single-digit P/E, but the situation in its key pigment market, titanium dioxide, isn’t really bright.  And how Kronos fares operationally depends entirely on the TiO2 market. Its net income for the second quarter was around 28% down from the comparable period last year. The softness could continue for the rest of more »

  • Kronos Worldwide Will Hit $25 by Next Summer

    By Soroush Pour - August 8, 2012 | Tickers: DD, ECL, HUN, KRO, MOS

    Officially a subsidiary of Valhi, Inc. (which is discussed here in greater detail), Kronos Worldwide (NYSE: KRO) produces titanium dioxide, a pigment used in the manufacturing of paint, paper and plastic.  Although it is naturally white, titanium dioxide plays well with others, as it is used to mix with every other color under the sun. Over the past month, shares of KRO have returned 13.4%, outpacing the basic materials more »

  • Dividends: Icing on the Cake

    By Stephen Benz - June 21, 2012 | Tickers: ALV, KRO, PG, STX

    Dividends are powerful.  Historical analysis has shown that over the long term, dividends have significantly contributed to the total return of the stock market.  For example, a study published in the book Triumph of the Optimists: 101 Years of Global Investment Returns found that from 1900 to 2000, a portfolio that reinvested dividends outperformed the price appreciation (capital gains) of the market by a factor of nearly 85.  Jeremy Siegel more »

  • Bright White at the End of the Tunnel for Europe

    By Keith Speights - June 11, 2012 | Tickers: DD, HUN, KRO

    Little Orphan Annie sang that the sun would come out tomorrow. With regards to Europe, I’m not sure about her timing, but her premise will ultimately prove to be correct. Europe will recover. Its economies will pick up steam. The sun will come out.

    It isn’t too soon to for investors to be looking for opportunities to profit from Europe’s recovery. One potential stock for consideration is more »

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