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  • uploads///Part  CHEM EMN
    Basic Materials

    Eastman Chemical’s Cedroz Received EU Product Authorization

    On February 20, Eastman Chemical (EMN) announced that Cedroz received authorization from the Regulatory Affairs Directorate in Malta.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  Q  free cashflow
    Basic Materials

    RPM International’s Free Cash Flow Trend

    RPM International has been generating positive free cash flows. RPM International’s free cash flows can support the current dividend growth.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part CHEM RPM
    Basic Materials

    RPM International Acquired Siamons International

    On December 17, RPM International (RPM) announced that its Rust-Oleum Group acquired Siamons International.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  CHEM EMN
    Basic Materials

    Eastman Chemical and Clariant’s Collaboration

    On December 12, Eastman Chemical (EMN) announced that it entered into a collaboration with Clariant to distribute its Tamisolve NxG solvent.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  CHEM EMN
    Basic Materials

    Eastman’s Saflex Manufacturing Sites Attain IATF Quality

    Eastman Chemical stock fell 6.6% and closed at $77.64 for the week that ending November 23. The stock underperformed FXZ, which fell 3.2%.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  CHEM EMN
    Basic Materials

    Eastman Chemical Saw a Marginal Fall in Q3 2018

    On October 25, Eastman Chemical (EMN) announced its third-quarter earnings results. EMN reported adjusted EPS of $2.34.

    By Peter Neil
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    Basic Materials

    Celanese’s Free Cash Flow: Can It Help Reduce Its Debts?

    At the end of the second quarter of 2018, CE generated free cash flow of $562 million.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///PX Q  Surface Technologies
    Basic Materials

    How Praxair’s Surface Technologies Segment Performed in Q2

    Praxair’s (PX) Surface Technologies segment was its smallest revenue contributor in Q2 2018.

    By Peter Neil
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    Basic Materials

    Eastman Chemcial’s Tritan Gets New Client from Thailand

    On July 12, Eastman Chemical (EMN) announced that it has a new order for its Tritan from Bangkok-based JCP Plastic.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  CBT
    Basic Materials

    Cabot and Pioneer Reach an Offtake Agreement

    Analysts are bullish on CBT stock and have recommended a target price of $72.30, which implies a return potential of 15.8% from its June 22 closing price.

    By Peter Neil
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Institutional Investors Are Playing Sherwin-Williams

    March 31 13F filings indicate that institutional investors own 75.7% of Sherwin-Williams’s (SHW) outstanding shares.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  CE
    Basic Materials

    Celanese Increases Product Prices, Stock Gains Momentum

    On May 18, Celanese (CE) announced price hikes for several of its products. The price increase will be effective from June 1.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Revenues Q Refining
    Basic Materials

    What Caused LYB’s Refining Segment’s Earnings to Turn Positive?

    LyondellBasell’s (LYB) Refining segment accounted for 23.1% of its total revenue in 4Q17 compared to 20.1% in 1Q18.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  HUN
    Basic Materials

    Huntsman Completes Demilec Acquisition

    On April 23, Huntsman (HUN) announced that it had completed the acquisition of Demilec, a leading manufacturer and distributor of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation systems.

    By Peter Neil
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    Basic Materials

    Celanese Hikes Prices in Asia

    On April 27, Celanese (CE) announced product price increases in Asia. In this series, we’ll discuss this update and others in the chemical industry.

    By Peter Neil
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    Basic Materials

    An Update on Celanese’s Latest Product Price Hikes

    Celanese (CE) stock gained 4.2% and closed at $104.16 for the week ended April 13, 2018.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  Short Interest march
    Basic Materials

    Why Bears Continue to Show Interest in Eastman Chemical

    EMN’s short interest has risen since the beginning of 2018.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  Debt
    Basic Materials

    What Analysts Recommend for Eastman Chemicals after 4Q17

    The analyst consensus target price for EMN is $109.3, which implies a return potential of 3.5% over the closing price as of March 29, 2018.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  EMN
    Basic Materials

    Tetrashield: Eastman Chemical’s Game Changer

    Eastman Chemical (EMN) will demonstrate Tetrashield at the upcoming American Coatings Show in Indianapolis on April 10–12.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  CE
    Basic Materials

    Celanese and Blackstone End Their Joint Venture

    On March 19, 2018, Celanese (CE) announced that it called off the joint venture with Blackstone (BX) to form a new acetate tow supplier.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///PArt  Debt price March
    Basic Materials

    How Olin Stock Has Fared in 2018 Year-to-Date

    On a year-to-date basis, until March 19, 2018, OLN stock has fallen 15.5%.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  HUN
    Basic Materials

    Huntsman Acquired Demilec for $350 Million

    On March 13, 2018, Huntsman (HUN) announced that it acquired Demilec. Huntsman will pay $350 million in cash for the acquisition.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  EMN
    Basic Materials

    Update on Eastman Chemical’s Higher Product Prices

    On March 16, 2018, Eastman Chemical (EMN) announced price hikes for certain products. The price hikes will be effective on April 1, 2018.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  Celanese
    Basic Materials

    Celanese: More Price Hikes for Acetyl Intermediates

    On March 14, 2018, Celanese (CE) announced that it would increase the prices of a few acetyl intermediates products.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  CE
    Basic Materials

    Celanese Announced a Product Price Increase

    On March 9, 2018, Celanese (CE) announced that it would increase the price of an acetyl intermediate product.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  HUN
    Basic Materials

    Huntsman Corporation Raises Its Cash Dividend by 30%

    On February 23, 2018, Huntsman Corporation (HUN) increased its quarterly dividend by 30.0%. Annually, its dividend equals $0.65 per share.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  Celanese
    Basic Materials

    Update on Celanese’s Acetyl Intermediates Price Increase

    Celanese (CE) stock gained 1.7% and closed at $103.95 for the week ended February 23, 2018.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  EMN
    Basic Materials

    Eastman Chemical Launches Insoluble Sulfur—Crystex Cure Pro

    Eastman Chemical launches new insoluble sulfur On February 16, 2018, Eastman Chemical (EMN) announced the launch of Eastman Cure Pro, its next generation of insoluble sulfur. This new sulfur is a vulcanizing agent that has high thermal stability, superior dispersion, and enhanced flow. Cure Pro is expected to help tire manufacturers improve productivity and reduce costs. […]

    By Peter Neil
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    Basic Materials

    Celanese Increases Low-Density Polyethylene Prices

    On February 14, Celanese (CE) announced a price increase of $0.04 per pound for low-density polyethylene (or LDPE).

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  CE
    Basic Materials

    Celanese Increases Price of Acetaldehyde in Europe

    On February 9, 2018, Celanese (CE) announced that it would increase the list and off-list prices of acetaldehyde.

    By Peter Neil
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    Basic Materials

    How IFF Stock Has Performed since 3Q17 Earnings

    International Flavors and Fragrances is set to announce its 4Q17 earnings on February 14, 2018, after market hours.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  Refining Q
    Basic Materials

    How LyondellBasell’s Refining Segment Fared in 4Q17

    LyondellBasell’s (LYB) Refining segment accounted for 23.1% of LYB’s total revenues in 4Q17 compared with 20.1% in 4Q16.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  Celanese
    Basic Materials

    Celanese Increases Prices of Polymer Products

    On January 24, 2018, Celanese (CE) announced price hikes for propylene-based short-fiber and long-fiber thermoplastic compounds and its polyamide-based polymer grades.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  valuations Q
    Basic Materials

    How LyondellBasell’s Valuations Compare with Peers

    As of January 25, 2018, LYB’s one-year forward price-to-earnings multiple stood at 12.60x, while its peer Eastman Chemical (EMN) had a one-year forward price-to-earnings multiple of 12.20x.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  EMN
    Basic Materials

    Eastman Chemical’s Demand for Tritan Continues to Grow in Asia

    The demand for Eastman Chemical’s Tritan continues to grow.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  CE
    Basic Materials

    Celanese Gives Key Updates on Joint Venture with Blackstone

    Celanese stock rose 2.9% to close at $111.34 for the week ended January 12, 2018.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  CE
    Basic Materials

    Key Updates on Celanese’s Joint Venture with Ibn Sina

    On January 2, 2018, Celanese (CE) announced that its 50,000-metric-ton polyacetal facility construction with Ibn Sina in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia, is commercially operational.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  HUN
    Basic Materials

    Huntsman Gives Updates on Management Changes

    On December 19, Huntsman (HUN) announced changes to its board.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  Celanese
    Basic Materials

    Celanese to Acquire Omni Plastics

    On December 18, 2017, Celanese (CE) announced that it has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Omni Plastics.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  CE
    Basic Materials

    Celanese: New Solution Center and Acetyl Price Hike

    Celanese’s stock price remained flat for the week ending December 15, 2017. Celanese traded 3.90% above the 100-day moving average price of $102.55.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  HUNTSMAN DEBT
    Basic Materials

    Huntsman’s Debt-to-Equity Ratio Is Getting Stronger and Stronger

    Huntsman’s (HUN) debt has been on a declining trend ever since it peaked at $5.2 billion in 2014.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  HUN
    Basic Materials

    Huntsman Repays Its Senior Term Loan

    On December 4, 2017, Huntsman (HUN) announced that it would pay the remaining $511 million of its Term Loan B due in 2023.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  Valuations
    Basic Materials

    Westlake Chemical’s Valuation: Still Better Than Peers

    As of December 4, 2017, Westlake Chemical’s (WLK) one-year forward PE (price-to-earnings) multiple is 15.10x.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  HUN
    Basic Materials

    Huntsman to Pay 4Q17 Dividend in December

    On November 6, HUN announced that it will pay a dividend of $0.125 per share on December 29, which implies no change in its dividend rate over 4Q16.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  Refining Q
    Basic Materials

    Why LyondellBasell’s Refining Segment’s Operating Income Turned Positive

    LYB Refining segment accounted for ~19.6% of LYB’s total revenues in 3Q17, compared with 18.0% in 3Q16, indicating a YoY rise of 1.6 percentage points.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  HUN
    Basic Materials

    Huntsman and Clariant Call Off their Merger

    On October 27, Huntsman (HUN) and Clariant announced that they mutually agreed to terminate a proposed merger of equals. The decision was approved by both boards.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  CBT
    Basic Materials

    Cabot and Dow in Groundbreaking Ceremony of New Manufacturing Plant

    Cabot (CBT) celebrated the opening of its new fumed silica manufacturing plant, which is situated adjacent to Dow’s Carrollton site in western Kentucky.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  HUN
    Basic Materials

    Huntsman’s 3Q17 Expectations amid Hurricane Harvey Impact

    Huntsman expects its Texas Gulf Coast facility to be fully operational once the engineering and safety checks are completed and there are available raw materials.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  Dividend
    Basic Materials

    Huntsman Keeps Its Quarterly Dividend Stable

    Huntsman (HUN) has declared a 3Q17 dividend of $0.13 per share, and is expected to pay it on September 29, 2017.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  DVD Yield
    Basic Materials

    How Attractive Is Eastman Chemical’s Dividend Yield?

    Eastman Chemical’s dividend payout has remained steady in the range of 28% to 32% from 2014 to 2016.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  Dividend yield Q
    Basic Materials

    Why Is Chemours’ Dividend Yield Low?

    Since Chemours hasn’t increased its dividend rate since 4Q15, we can expect the company to pay a dividend of $0.12 for fiscal 2017.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  Dividend Yield
    Basic Materials

    Is Olin’s Dividend Yield Attracting Investors?

    With Olin (OLN) having made no change to its dividend rate, we can expect Olin to pay a dividend of $0.80 per share for fiscal 2017.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  Valuations
    Basic Materials

    Sherwin-Williams: Why It’s Trading at a Premium

    Analysts expect Sherwin-Williams’ fiscal 2018 earnings to be $17.90, which implies 19.20% growth compared to fiscal 2017.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  Dividend
    Basic Materials

    Westlake Chemical Raised Its Quarterly Dividend 10%

    Westlake Chemical will pay a dividend of $0.21 per share on September 18, 2017. It’s Westlake Chemical’s 52nd dividend payment without any interruption.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  HUN
    Basic Materials

    What’s the FTC’s Stance on the Huntsman-Clariant Merger?

    On August 15, Huntsman provided an update on its merger with Clariant. It’s on track to meet the regulatory conditions required to complete the merger.

    By Peter Neil
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    Basic Materials

    What’s Compass Minerals Doing to Gain a Cost Advantage?

    Led by its superior assets, location, and geological advantages, Compass Minerals holds a competitive position with a wide economic moat rating.

    By VanEck
  • uploads///Part  HUN
    Basic Materials

    Venator IPO Closes: Will Huntsman Benefit?

    On August 8, 2017, Huntsman (HUN) announced that its subsidiary, Venator Materials, had closed its initial IPO of 26,105,000 ordinary shares.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  Revenue Q
    Basic Materials

    Chemours Reported Its Highest Quarterly Revenue in 2Q17

    In 2Q17, Chemours (CC) reported its highest quarterly sales. The company reported sales of $1.59 billion in 2Q17—an increase of 15.20% on a YoY basis.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  SHW VAL
    Earnings Report

    Analyzing Sherwin-Williams and Valspar’s Acquisition Deal

    On March 20, 2016, Sherwin-Williams (SHW) announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Valspar in an all-cash transaction.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  Recommendations
    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Are Analysts’ Saying about Eastman Chemical?

    A total of 17 analysts are actively tracking Eastman Chemical (EMN) as of July 5, 2017. Among them, 65% of analysts have recommended “buys” on the stock.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///PArt  interest expense
    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Celanese’s Falling Interest Expense Trend Suggests

    At the end of 1Q17, CE’s interest coverage ratio stood at 9.24x, indicating that Celanese can easily service its debt.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  HUN
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Huntsman and Clariant Agree to Merge

    On May 22, 2017, Huntsman (HUN) and Clariant announced that their respective boards have approved a merger to form a new entity called HuntsmanClariant.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  HUN
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Huntsman Increases Price of Titanium Dioxide across Regions

    On May 8, 2017, Huntsman’s (HUN) spinoff division Venator announced a price increase for its titanium dioxide pigments.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  Industrial segment
    Earnings Report

    Acquisition Revenue Drove RPM International’s Industrial Segment

    The Industrial segment is the largest revenue contributor to RPM International’s (RPM) overall revenue. It had a revenue share of 51% in fiscal 3Q17.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  RPM Revenue
    Earnings Report

    Why Analysts Expect RPM’s Revenue to Rise despite Tough Conditions

    Analysts are expecting RPM International (RPM) to post revenues of $1.0 billion in fiscal 3Q17, an increase of 5.2% over the corresponding quarter last year.

    By Peter Neil
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s in Store for Eastman Chemical’s Quarterly Dividend

    On February 16, 2017, Eastman Chemical (EMN) announced a quarterly dividend of $0.51 per share on the company’s outstanding common stock.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  HUN
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Huntsman Announces More Closures at Calais Facility

    On March 17, 2017, Huntsman (HUN) announced plans to close down the white end finishing and packaging operation of its titanium dioxide manufacturing facility in Calais, France.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Huntsman on the Street: What the Analysts Are Saying

    On March 16, 2017, of the 12 brokerage firms tracking Huntsman stock, 58% have recommended a “buy,” and 42% analysts have recommended a “hold.”

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Inside Huntsman’s 1Q17 Dividend

    On February 9, 2017, Huntsman (HUN) announced a dividend of $0.125 per share for 1Q17 on the company’s outstanding common stock.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  HUN
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Huntsman to Keep 40% Economic Interest in Venator

    On February 16, 2017, Huntsman received approval from the IRS to keep a 40.0% interest in Venator Materials.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  HUN
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Huntsman Names Venator Materials Its Spin-Off Entity

    On January 17, 2017, Huntsman (HUN) announced the name of its proposed spin-off for its pigments and additives business. It will be called Venator Materials Corporation.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part
    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Huntsman Aims to Improve Its Debt Position

    At the end of 3Q16, Huntsman’s (HUN) debt stood at $4.6 billion.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part
    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Will Huntsman’s Interest Expense Look Going Forward?

    Huntsman’s (HUN) interest expense in the first three quarters of 2016 hovered between $50 million to $52 million per quarter.

    By Peter Neil
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Huntsman Completed Sale of European Surfactants Business

    On December 30, 2016, Huntsman (HUN) announced the completion of the previously announced sale of its European surfactants business to Innospec (IOSP).

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///United States Sales Contribution to Scotts Miracle Gro
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why the US Market Is Key for Scotts Miracle-Gro

    SMG’s primary market Earlier, we saw that The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is present in about 18 countries around the globe and serves customer needs from lawn and gardening to weed and pest control. Despite its presence in several countries, Scotts Miracle-Gro has high stakes in the US market. The company serves the consumer and retail […]

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Overlap
    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Scotts Miracle-Gro’s Brands Overlap

    Scotts’s products and brands The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG) sells many products that enable customers to grow and maintain lawns and gardens. Since growing lawns and gardens requires several elements, it’s not unusual that several players serve the market (FXZ). These include Central Garden & Pet (CENT), Spectrum Brands (SPB), and Seabord (SEB). The Scotts […]

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///part  WLK
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Westlake Chemical Announced 4Q16 Dividend

    On November 21, 2016, Westlake Chemical (WLK) announced a fourth quarter dividend of $0.19 per share.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  HUN
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Huntsman Stock Rises on Refinancing News

    On November 15, 2016, Huntsman (HUN) announced that it had refinanced its term loan B due in 2021 and term loan B due in 2023.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  APD
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will Tender Offer Reduce Eastman Chemical’s Interest Expense?

    As of November 18, 2016, Eastman Chemical closed at $74.18, down 1.4% for the week.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part  Q
    Earnings Report

    How Did RPM’s Specialty Segment Perform in 1Q17?

    In fiscal 1Q17, RPM International’s Specialty segment reported revenue of $176.3 million, representing 14.1% of the company’s total revenue.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Part
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Understanding RPM International’s Geographical Revenue Mix

    In fiscal 2016, the US reported revenue of ~$3.2 billion, representing 65.6% of RPM’s total revenue.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Monsantos Margins to Expand
    Earnings Report

    Take Monsanto’s Earnings Margins with a Grain of Salt

    Monsanto (MON) sales have declined, and weakness is also evident in fertilizer companies (FXZ) such as PotashCorp (POT).

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Potash Prices
    Basic Materials

    Potash Prices for the Week Ended September 23

    Potash prices in the Corn Belt region of the United States appear to still be reversing their downward movement.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///Ammonia Prices
    Basic Materials

    A Look at Ammonia Prices Last Week

    The current levels of ammonia prices at several locations are below their comparative levels last year.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///EASTMAN CHEMICAL
    Basic Materials

    Eastman Chemical Raises Prices of Key Products

    On September 14, 2016, Eastman Chemical (EMN) announced a price increase in several plasticizer products, effective October 1, 2016.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///Weekly Urea Spot Prices
    Basic Materials

    Have Urea Prices Hit the Bottom?

    Average weekly prices of granular urea were flat to positive last week. In the Corn Belt region, average weekly prices rose 2.2% to $208 per metric ton.

    By Adam Jones
  • uploads///auto sales
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Strong Automotive Demand Could Support AK Steel

    Strong automotive demand should help AK Steel in the coming quarters. Automotive companies generally buy steel under supply contracts from various steel companies.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Earnings Report

    How Does Lennox Compare to Its Peers?

    Lennox is way ahead of its peers based on the PE ratio. Lennox outperformed its ETFs based on the price movement and PE ratios.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    Crown Holdings’ Income Rose and Its EPS Fell in 3Q15

    Crown Holdings (CCK) has a market cap of $7.1 billion. After the earnings report in 3Q15, it fell by 0.93% to close at $51.15 per share as of October 19, 2015.

    By Gabriel Kane
  • uploads///ayi cr
    Earnings Report

    How Does Acuity Brands Compare to Its Peers?

    Acuity Brands is way ahead of its competitors based on gross profit margin, EPS, and current, PE, and PBV ratios.

    By Gabriel Kane
  • uploads///Monsantos Falling Sales in Q
    Earnings Report

    Why Did Monsanto’s Performance Fall in 4Q15?

    Monsanto’s (MON) falling performance included net sales of $2.4 billion for 4Q15. The net sales for fiscal 2015 were reported at $15 billion.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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