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      BASF Q2 sales down 24%

      Sales at BASF came in below expectations in the three months to June, as the German chemicals group adjusts to sluggish...

    2. July 24, 2016

      Week Ahead Corporate Diary: Chemical groups reporting results

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    1. June 17, 2016

      BASF buys Chemetall surface treatment unit for $3.2bn

      BASF, the German chemicals group, has joined the sector’s recent drive toward consolidation by purchasing Albemarle’s...

    2. Fast FT

      June 17, 2016

      BASF to buy Albemarle's Chemetall unit for $3.2bn

      It’s another deal in the chemicals sector. Albermarle, a US specialty chemicals group, said it will sell its Chemetall...

    3. May 19, 2016

      BASF: boring blooms

      Confirmation that Bayer has made a formal approach to buy Monsanto has, once again, cast its German rival BASF in the...

    4. Fast FT

      April 29, 2016

      BASF vows to boost sales despite "challenging" outlook

      Ahead of its annual shareholders meeting today BASF said 2016 would be a “challenging” year with “substantial risks,”...

    5. March 7, 2016

      BASF: one day at a time

      BASF boss Kurt Bock said recently that his company takes a “very sober view” of acquisitions. The market thinks he...

    6. Fast FT

      March 7, 2016

      Dupont shares in focus on BASF report

      The broader US stock market is set to open lower on Monday, but shares of Dupont, the US chemicals company that’s...

    7. March 5, 2016

      BASF has weighed up DuPont counterbid

      BASF, the world’s largest chemicals company by sales, has for weeks been considering a counterbid for DuPont of the US,...

    8. February 29, 2016

      European industrials say stability begins at home

      Many of Europe’s largest industrial groups now regard their home continent as a source of stable growth amid the...

    9. Fast FT

      February 26, 2016

      BASF aims to raise sales, expects operating profit to ease

      BASF forecasts operating profit this year to be just “slightly below” 2015 levels as the company aims to raise sales...

    10. Fast FT

      February 17, 2016

      Akzo Nobel splashes €475m on BASF's coatings business

      Akzo Nobel, the paints and chemicals group, has agreed to buy BASF’s industrial coatings business for €475m. The Dutch...

    11. February 3, 2016

      ChemChina/Syngenta: green revolution

      Syngenta shareholders finally know exactly where they stand. The uncertainty has shifted to those holding stock in its...

    12. Fast FT

      January 27, 2016

      BASF discloses €600m hit on oil & gas business

      BASF expects to book a €600m impairment for its oil and gas business owing to slumping prices for the commodities in...

    13. January 11, 2016

      Belgium ordered to claw back €700m from multinationals

      The European Commission has ordered Belgium to recoup about €700m from 35 multinational companies that have benefited...

    14. December 18, 2015

      Tusk joins Italian premier in attacking Berlin over gas pipeline

      Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, became the latest senior politician to criticise plans for a new...

    15. December 9, 2015

      Dow/Du Pont: eat yourself thin

      Doubling in weight is, admittedly, an odd start for a fitness regime. Both Du Pont and Dow Chemical, venerable giants...

    16. December 9, 2015

      Dow and DuPont aim to pre-empt activists with megadeal

      A problem shared is a problem halved. That adage might serve as a mission statement for the $120bn merger now being...

    17. December 1, 2015

      Linde: breathe deeply

      In the event of a sudden loss in cabin pressure, oxygen masks drop. Investors in Linde could do with them. After the...

    18. November 11, 2015

      EU red tape risks ‘new Dark Age’ in bioscience, warns UK minister

      Britain’s minister for life sciences and agritechnology has issued a stark warning to the EU that over-regulation could...

    19. October 27, 2015

      BASF lowers 2015 goals after profit misses estimates

      German chemicals maker BASF lowered its full-year sales and profit goals after sluggish demand in emerging markets and...

    20. September 7, 2015

      Gazprom’s North Sea deal faces scrutiny

      Ministers are to examine a deal that hands Russia’s Gazprom interests in the UK North Sea, amid calls for Britain to...

    21. September 4, 2015

      BASF and Gazprom revive asset swap agreement

      Gazprom, Russia’s state-backed gas group, has revived a multibillion-euro asset swap with Germany’s BASF only months...

    22. September 3, 2015

      Syngenta plans $2bn share buyback

      Syngenta is seeking to regain investor support after US rival Monsanto abandoned a $46bn takeover bid, with a plan to...

    23. August 28, 2015

      Third time unlucky for Monsanto’s Hugh Grant

      The adage “third time lucky” just did not ring true for Hugh Grant. The chief executive of Monsanto, the world’s...

    24. July 24, 2015

      BASF’s Kurt Bock warns of gloomy global economic prospects

      BASF, the world’s biggest chemical maker by sales, faced stagnating demand in the second quarter and warned that...

    25. June 14, 2015

      US chemicals companies thrive on shale boom’s cheap gas

      These are corrosive times to be a chief executive of a US chemicals company. DuPont and Dow Chemical, the two largest...

    26. June 11, 2015

      European bloc struggles as Beijing goes high-tech

      Robotic equipment fills every nook and cranny of a laboratory at Imperial College in central London. In one corner is a...

    27. May 5, 2015

      Lufthansa: senior discounts

      The big news in Lufthansa’s first-quarter results on Tuesday was not planes, but pensions: the German airline group’s...

    28. April 20, 2015

      Industrial companies count the cost of doing business in Russia

      Claas is not due to open a €120m extension of its farm machinery factory in Krasnodar, near Russia’s Black Sea coast,...

    29. FT Alphaville

      April 10, 2015

      Guess the chart, pick your rally carefully edition

      Answer below the break, courtesy of BofAML’s Michael Hartnett: In 67 trading days this year we have seen 26 rate cuts,...

    30. February 27, 2015

      BASF cautious about prospects as chemical division buoys group

      BASF struck a cautious note on its prospects for the coming year, as the German chemicals company released...

    31. February 13, 2015

      Xetra Dax energised by GDP rebound

      Industrial and financial stocks led a resurgent Xetra Dax on Friday after stronger than expected German growth data...

    32. February 8, 2015

      European companies dig deeper to fill pension holes

      Ultra low interest rates might be a boon for companies seeking finance for expansion, but they are having an unwelcome...

    33. FT Alphaville

      December 19, 2014

      FirstFT (the new Lunch Wrap)

      Soaring Santa Rally, a defiant Russian bear and freelance elves The traditional Santa rally seems finally to be here ,...

    34. December 18, 2014

      BASF and Gazprom scrap energy asset swap

      Germany’s BASF and Russia’s Gazprom have agreed to scrap a multibillion-euro asset swap because of the “difficult...

    35. November 26, 2014

      Lawsuit alleges manipulation of precious metals benchmark

      A US jewellery company has filed a class-action lawsuit against Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Standard Bank and BASF alleging...

    36. October 24, 2014

      BASF slashes 2015 targets on slowing global growth

      BASF, the world’s biggest chemical maker by sales, has slashed its revenue and earnings targets for 2015, following a...

    37. October 22, 2014

      Clean energy proves a costly exercise for Germany

      From the windswept polders of Schleswig-Holstein, where fields are dotted with wind turbines and farmers’ barns covered...

    38. October 12, 2014

      German companies look overseas as home opportunities fade

      BASF, the world’s largest chemical maker by sales, is in the middle of a big upgrade of its main production site near...

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