Volume 92 Issue 5 | p. 7 | News of The Week
Issue Date: February 3, 2014

Fourth-Quarter Earnings Surge For Chemical Makers

Finances: Strong earnings reports help executives appeal to investors
Department: Business
Keywords: activist investor, earnings, performance materials

The fourth quarter is the seasonable low point for the chemical industry and is often glossed over by executives. But not in 2013. Both Dow Chemical and DuPont beat earnings expectations, and their CEOs were eager to discuss how they can continue to increase shareholder value.

The two chemical giants have been targets of investor activism in recent months. The hedge fund of billionaire Daniel S. Loeb purchased a large . . .

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