chemicals

Why Trefis Thinks DuPont Stock Is Undervalued

DuPont is a major player in the high-performance materials, chemicals, coatings and agricultural products businesses -- all of which are likely to improve as the global economy recovers. It's also investing heavily in emerging markets such as China, which will give it new engines for growth.

Chinese Companies May Bid for Potash

Chinese companies may bid for Potash Corp, (POT) as the country%u2019s growing food needs make access to fertilizer increasingly urgent. Companies including Sinofert, Chalco and ChemChina are all potential bidders for the Canadian company, Reuters reported without naming its sources.

The 25 Companies That Cut 700,000 Jobs

Since the recession began, more than 8 million Americans have lost their jobs. But perhaps even more surprising is the small number of companies that are responsible for laying off such a large percentage of today's unemployed workers.

Dow Chemical Swings to a Profit

Dow Chemical (DOW) reported second quarter earnings of 50 cents a share, compared with a loss of 47 cents a share in the second quarter of 2009. The company%u2019s sales rose 20 % from a year earlier, driven by a 19% price gain, the company said in a statement. Sales rose in all operating segments and geographic areas.

Common Antibacterial Ingredient May Be a Health Hazard

The FDA said on Thursday it was conducting a safety review of triclosan, a widely used antibacterial chemical that can be found in products from soap to toys. While triclosan isn't known to be hazardous, the FDA said, recent studies merit further review of the ingredient.

Breast Cancer Fears Grow Around Household Cleaners

Doctors and environmental scientists are growing more concerned that chemicals found in many household cleaning supplies, such as floor cleaners and glass cleaners, are behind the ongoing increase in breast cancer cases in the U.S. Anecdotal evidence from some of the latest epidemiological data suggests that younger women (and a growing number of men) are contracting the cancer.

Minnesota Is First to Ban Chemical BPA in Baby Products

The Gopher State will be a happier place for babies come Jan. 1. That's when it enacts the first-ever ban on plastic sippy cups and baby bottles containing Bisphenol-A. The Federal government has yet to act on BPA, a controversial chemical feared to harm fetuses and children.

DuPont earnings better than expected

Despite weaker sales across the board, DuPont Co. (DD) today posted stronger-than-expected earnings for the third quarter, thanks to its aggressive...

Stevia shakes up the sweetener wars

If the new TV commercials for Truvia and PureVia are any indication, stevia has made a sudden and astonishing leapfrog from hippie sprinkle to...

Don't waste money on jewelry cleaners

Jewelry stores around the country will do the majority of their annual business between now and Valentine's Day. If you're buying bling for your...