Five European Chemical Stocks To Consider

The EURO STOXX® Chemicals Index is composed of some of the largest chemical firms in Europe. Currently there are 16 components in this index. The long-term return of the index is shown below: Click to enlarge Source: Euro Stoxx Indices For investors looking to gain exposure to the European chemical industry the companies in the index …

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Global Fertilizer and Industrial Gas Companies Are Increasing Capital Expenditures

Fertilizer and industrial gas companies are increasing their capital investments as measured by the ratio of capital expenditures to revenue levels according to a study by the ICIS Chemical Business magazine. From the ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies 2012 report: For the second year running, the biggest spenders were dominated by fertilizer producers and industrial gas companies, as …

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The Top 16 European Chemicals Companies by Revenue

The chemicals sector is generally suitable for investment during any market condition due to the simple fact that chemicals are an essential ingredient in many of the products we use on a daily basis. For example, in a modern-day kitchen, chemicals are found in appliances, food items, packaging for foods, flooring, dish washing liquids, etc. Some …

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Akzo Nobel ADR Split

Amsterdam, The Netherlands-based Akzo Nobel(AKZOY) is the world’s largest paint and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. The company’s portfolio includes Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka brands. Last year the company had a total revenue of 14.6 billion Euros with North America and Europe accounting for about 60% of the sales . …

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European Chemical Stocks Reach Record Highs

Many European chemical companies are projected to report strong earnings for the last quarter. Ahead of the earnings, the Euro Stoxx Chemicals Index has reach reached an all-time high as shown in the graphic below: Source: Stoxx Some of the reasons for this include the solid recovery in the industry since 2009, optimism on profits …

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Foreign Chemical Makers Offer Investment Opportunities

In the most recent M&A deal in the chemical industry, Belgian chemical and plastics maker Solvay (SVYZY) agreed to buy French speciality chemical maker Rhodia(RHAYY) for 3.3 billion Euros. This represents premium of 50% to Rhodia’s closing price on April 1, 2011.  This is an all-cash deal with Solvay offering 31.60 Euros for each Rhodia …

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