3M Co., the maker of Post-it Notes and fuel system tuneup kits, gained in U.S. trading after posting a first-quarter profit that beat analysts’ estimates because of rising domestic auto and industrial demand.
Huntsman Corp. and Celanese Corp. are turning into the cheapest takeover targets in the U.S. chemicals industry as signs grow that a strengthening economy will boost demand for paint ingredients and building insulation.
Nabors Industries Ltd. has gotten so cheap that traders in the options market are betting the world’s largest land-drilling contractor may be a takeover candidate after the departure of its 81-year-old chief executive officer.
RPC Inc., the Atlanta-based oil services company that has been considering a sale, may lure acquirers with the industry’s cheapest valuation and profits that are projected to double to a record this year.
Dow Chemical Co. spent a decade moving chemical production to the Middle East and Asia. Now it’s leading the biggest expansion ever seen back home in the U.S. as shale gas revives the industry’s economics.