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  • This Chemicals Company May Be Small but It's Got Potential

    By Rupert Hargreaves - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AXLL, DD, DOW

    Axiall (NYSE: AXLL) is relatively small in the world of integrated-chemical companies. Worth only $3.1 billion at its current stock price, Axiall is 6% of the size of peer Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW), but I believe the company is an undiscovered diamond.

    Previously known as Georgia Gulf, the merger with PPG's chemicals business earlier this year created the new entity Axiall. However, despite almost doubling in size, Axiall more »

  • Consider These American Companies for International Diversification

    By Bob Ciura - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: XOM, NKE, DOW

    Many financial planners espouse the merits of internationally diversifying your stock holdings. Across the globe, it’s important to not have all your eggs in one geographic basket.

    There are hundreds of international stocks to choose from, but with unfamiliar far-away companies, questionable accounting methods, and hard-to-find financial reports, many investors may be frustrated at the difficulties of suitable international diversification.

    If you count yourself among them, it’s actually more »

  • Profiting from Farming

    By Declan Fallon - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: ARG, MON, POT, DOW

    Weak economies often leads to a boost in rural industries as former workers look for more affordable living and better quality of life outside of the suburbs. The sharp rise in the number of farmers markets around the country reflects an increased demand for locally sourced produce, and a source of revenue and opportunity for smaller farms, often excluded from the traditional supply chain of larger supermarkets served by industrial more »

  • Which Chemical Stock Is the Best Bet for Your Portfolio?

    By Marina Avilkina - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: DD, FF, DOW

    Chemical giants DuPont (NYSE: DD) and Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW) are shifting their production mix toward agriculture in order to fuel growth. At the same time, FutureFuel (NYSE: FF) has a good opportunity to gain market share with its biofuel products. So, which of these chemical companies are best positioned for growth keeping their strategies in mind? 

    Business updates

    FutureFuel is a leading manufacturer of premium biofuels and organic more »

  • Investing In Agriculture Gives ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’ A Whole New Meaning

    By Awais Malik - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: DD, MON, DOW

    Unlike last year, 2013 is bringing much needed good news for the agriculture sector. After enduring a drought ridden summer of 2012, crop production looks healthier this year. Corn production is forecasted to be at 13.8 billion bushels, up 28% in 2012 while Soybean follows in close behind at 8%. A steady climb in U.S. farm income has increased demand for biotech seeds and pesticides which has triggered more »

  • Which Chemical Stock is the Best Bet for Your Porfolio?

    By Marina Avilkina - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: DD, FF, DOW

    Chemical giants DuPont (NYSE: DD) and Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW) are shifting their production mixes toward agriculture in order to fuel their billion-dollar companies.  At the same time, FutureFuel (NYSE: FF)  has a good opportunity to gain market share with its biofuel products.   In this article, I aim to deliver a clearer picture on where these three chemicals  indeed stand. My argument makes a largely statistical case for suggesting which more »

  • Can This Barge Operator Continue Growing?

    By Madhukar Dubey - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: XOM, KEX, DOW

    Kirby (NYSE: KEX) is in marine transportation and diesel engine services. In marine transportation, Kirby provides both inland tank barging services as well as coastal tank barging services, also known as offshore marine services. It is the largest player in both these sectors in the U.S. In the inland tank barging services, the company occupies about 26% of the market, whereas in the coastal side of the business, it more »

  • Should We Follow Nelson Peltz Into This Stock

    By Anh HOANG - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: BASFY.PK, DD, DOW

    Since the beginning of the year, DuPont (NYSE: DD) has experienced a nice gain of as much as 33%, beating the S&P 500’s gain of nearly 20%. Recently, famous activist investor Nelson Peltz revealed at the Delivering Alpha conference that he has purchased a lot of the company’s shares. Let’s take a closer look to determine whether or not we should follow Nelson Peltz into DuPont more »

  • A Paradigm Shift From Chemicals to Agriculture

    By Zain Raza - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: DD, FMC, DOW

    Weak market conditions coupled with sluggish sales growth has led DuPont (NYSE: DD), Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW) and FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) to focus more on growth markets and shift towards agricultural products. Amid this transition we will scrutinize how DuPont is in a better position to contain market declines and provide its investors with the desired returns.

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    DuPont has made news by announcing a spin off more »

  • Does Billionaire Nelson Peltz See Something In DuPont?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 21, 2013 | Tickers: APD, DD, DOW

    The New York Times’s Andrew Ross Sorkin mentioned in an interview with billionaire Nelson Peltz of Trian Partners at the Delivering Alpha conference that Sorkin has sources indicating that Trian has been buying shares of DuPont (NYSE: DD). Peltz refused to comment before the interview moved on to his plan to combine Mondelez and Pepsi. DuPont’s stock popped on the news, and even after retreating a bit was more »

  • 2 Buys and 1 Sell In the Chemical Industry

    By Awais Iqbal - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: EMN, HUN, DOW

    The financial meltdown of 2008 was particularly hard on cyclical stocks. Companies in the chemical industry reported huge losses in the recessionary period, and 45 U.S. chemical companies had to file for bankruptcy in 2008.

    With the economic recovery taking hold, chemical companies have shown signs of relief. The U.S. chemical industry accounts for 15% of the world's chemical industry output, and its contribution towards the GDP more »

  • This Undervalued Company Is Benefiting From Multiple Drivers

    By Mark Lin - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: AXLL, DOW, WLK

    Thematic investing, betting on one single trend materializing, is inherently risky, because the future could always turn out very different from what we initially anticipated. Instead, I like to focus on undervalued companies benefiting from multiple drivers. 

    Chlor-alkali products such as caustic soda accounted for about 60% of its 2012 revenues, while building products and aromatics contributed the remaining revenues for Axiall (NYSE: AXLL). Among the world’s largest producers more »

  • Have the Shale Gas Benefits Been Factored Into the Chemical Space?

    By Zain Abbas - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: LYB, DOW, WLK

    Sluggish growth in non-residential construction markets and a weak European economy have compelled chemical businesses to rely on cost-cutting measures to improve the bottom line (rather than revenue-enhancement measures). Moreover, the shale-gas boom has also helped these companies to reduce the costs of production through cheaper raw materials.

    However, lately, many investors have perceived that probable improvements from cost-cutting measures have already been baked in the stock prices. Hence, the more »

  • Buy FutureFuel and Enjoy Your Profitable Future

    By Marina Avilkina - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: DD, FF, DOW

    Is FutureFuel (NYSE: FF) the right stock to invest in? Can this company provide you with the return that you desire? Can their performance transform your investment into a profitable one? The following article scrutinizes the recent occurring in the industry as well as the above mentioned companies for you to make a prudent choice.

    Recent events

    With a dividend, zero debt and $196 million in cash, FutureFuel focuses on more »

  • Not All Chemical Companies Are Created Equal

    By Mark Lin - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: HUN, TAM, DOW

    Taminco (NYSE: TAM) is the largest producer of alkylamines and alkylamine derivatives globally. Listed in April 2013, it announced in July 2013 that it became a member of the broad-market Russell 3000 and Russell Global Indexes.

    Alkylamines have more favorable dynamics than other types of amines

    Amines, organic compounds which are derivatives of ammonia, are used in many applications such as dyes, drugs, and gas treatment. But, different types of more »

  • Interesting Investing Opportunity in These Chemical Companies

    By Madhukar Dubey - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: DD, PX, DOW

    The global chemical industry, which is valued at nearly $3 trillion, has grown at a steady pace in the last decade. Global chemical production rose 2.6% in 2012 whereas it increased 3.8% in 2011. The reason for this slowdown was the European debt crisis and the subsequent weak demand for chemical products in the global market. However, this industry is in recovery mode, with the after-effects of the more »

  • Which Chemical Giant Can Make You Really Rich?

    By Marina Avilkina - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: DD, MON, DOW

    Chemical giants DuPont (NYSE: DD) and Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW) are witnessing a transition in the sources of their revenue. That is why DuPont and Dow Chemical bet on agriculture to fuel their billion-dollar companies. While assessing their entry into the agricultural sector, I will also be keeping Monsanto (NYSE: MON) in the picture to provide a benchmark for the standings of both peers in the agricultural industry. With production more »

  • Could New Product Launches Boost This Company’s Competitive Edge?

    By Awais Iqbal - June 30, 2013 | Tickers: DD, LYB, POL, DOW

    The fate of the chemical industry is fundamentally tied to the financial strength of the U.S. economy. The chemical processing industry is projected to witness healthy growth backed by a noteworthy increase in the number of projects that are likely to start construction in the United States. Industrial information has recognized 231 projects worth a total investment value of more than $11 billion that have been granted the funding more »

  • Materials Selling Is Overdone

    By Declan Fallon - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: APD, XLB, DOW, XLU

    On May 8, I noted how the overall market had qualified as a 'sell' under my Investing Strategy. The S&P ultimately went on to drop 7.5% from peak to most recent trough, and further losses are possible. Certainly, the market is a long way from my Investing Strategy 'buy,' which was last reached in October 2011, but this doesn't mean ignoring opportunities as they present themselves. 

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  • Finding Undervalued Stocks in the S&P 500

    By Rupert Hargreaves - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: BHI, EMN, NOV, DOW

    In the first piece that I wrote on the subject of finding undervalued stocks in the S&P 500 based on low valuations, I initially believed that opportunities would be few-and-far between. However, it appears that there is actually a large number of companies that are trading at astonishingly low valuations in relation to the rest of their sectors, which spurred me to write another post on the subject.

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