Recently, Rockwood Holdings (NYSE: ROC) reached an agreement to sell its German ceramics business CeramTec to a buyout firm, Cinven, for around €1.49 ($2) billion. Not only will this move let Rockwood concentrate on its core metal business, but it is also a good way to return more cash to the company’s shareholders.
Since the middle of November 2012, Rockwood has experienced quite a sweet rise from around more »
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 »
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 »
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.
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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.
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Revenue from Huntsman’s polyurethanes business inched up 13% in the fourth quarter, capping off 2012 with more »
The earnings season is almost at its end. However, this doesn’t mean that the ‘spice’ for investors has finished in this season. There are still some stocks that are expected to move at their earnings release and therefore are expected to provide money-making opportunities for investors. The following three stocks are a good example of this concept.
Tronox Limited (NYSE: TROX) – miss the earnings
Tronox produces and markets titanium more »
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 »
When a company that beats Street estimates is awarded with a ratings downgrade, you know you can’t just rely on stories that sugar-coat its earnings report. DuPont (NYSE: DD) is one such case that couldn’t impress UBS with its fourth-quarter performance. Fellow Fool Rich Smith feels the chemical giant deserves this cut, and I couldn’t agree more. In fact, I’d like to add to his observations more »
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As 2013 begins, savvy investors look to bolster their New Year returns. One of the best ways to accomplish this goal is to look for an industry rebound. In 2013, I believe that these four beaten-down companies will ride the resurgence in their industries.
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Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK)
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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 »
On a day when almost all stocks performed well, there were a few that shined above the rest. And in this article, I am looking at the best of the best, I am determining what moved the stocks, and lastly whether or not the catalyst could lead to additional gains.
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Tronox Incorporated was spun off from Kerr-McGee in 2006 along with a high debt load and a lot of legacy environmental liabilities. The company was a producer of titanium dioxide (TiO2). Titanium dioxide is critical to paint and coatings and is the secret ingredient that allows paint to cover and hide surfaces. In 2009, Tronox declared bankruptcy, unable to pay debt and environmental obligations and emerged in February 2011 sans more »
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 »
Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE: APC) is very well-positioned to see significant growth in the next year and beyond. The company has produced top notch operating performance with a very strong and effective management team. It has set record heights of sales volume and oil production and has discovered a large source of natural gas reserves in Mozambique. The company has done all of this without borrowing any money or raising any more »