Bayer to list Covestro in fourth quarter

Analysts point to €10bn-plus valuation for materials arm

Syngenta: seed finance

The agribusiness is trying to placate shareholders, but buybacks and disposals will not be enough

Syngenta plans $2bn share buyback

Sale of vegetable seeds business will fund cash for shareholders

Court backs Burkard plan to sell Sika

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation challenged move to sell holding

Third time unlucky for Monsanto’s Grant

Chief executive has failed three times to buy Syngenta

Monsanto gives up on $46bn Syngenta deal

Swiss group rejects third approach this year by US rival

Monsanto sweetens Syngenta takeover bid

Deal would cement group’s global dominance in agriculture

Tianjin evacuation zone extended

Chinese fear presence of deadly sodium cyanide at blast site

Confusion clouds China blast site clean-up

Authorities seek cause of explosions that devastated Tianjin

U.S. Senator Richard "Dick" Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, addresses the media outside the John C. Kluczynski Federal Building in Chicago, Illinois, Sunday, January 7, 2007. Durbin discussed the top 10 priorities for the Democrats of the 110th Congress. Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg News.

US senator decries CF Industries’ UK move

Plan by fertiliser maker to lower tax exposure draws criticism

CF to buy OCI in $8bn fertiliser deal

Tax inversion comes in spite of US government crackdown

Solvay targets Cytec union in $6.4bn deal

Acquisition will shake up composite materials sector

Dupont cuts forecasts on weak agriculture

Farmers are reducing production after two years of bumper crops

BASF warns of gloomy economic prospects

Chief admits ‘no growth worth mentioning’ in chemical sales

Syngenta says performance backs case against Monsanto bid

Swiss group confident of hitting targets if it remains standalone

Monsanto keeps pressure on Syngenta

Chemicals and fertiliser groups look to consolidate

Ineos close to deal on Sinopec dispute

Refiner had threatened to take Chinese state-owned group to court

Alent acquisition catalysed by demerger

Division of companies opens the door to conquest by conglomerates

Investors step up bid to block Sika deal

Gates Foundation and Cascade accuse Urs Burkard of acting against best interests of group

Platform to acquire Alent in £1.35bn deal

Activist investor Cevian Capital set for bumper payout


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