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Equities Analysts Set Expectations for Minerals Technologies Inc's Q2 2016 Earnings
Minerals Technologies Inc - Investment analysts at KeyBanc lowered their Q2 2016 earnings per share estimates for shares of Minerals Technologies in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday, Zacks Investment Research reports. KeyBanc analyst I. Marcuse now expects that the brokerage will post earnings of $1.14 per share for the quarter, down from their prior forecast of $1.19.

Cliffs to settle lawsuit over questionable information distributed by former board
Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. has reached agreements to settle lawsuits brought against the company over the alleged distribution of false information regarding the Bloom Lake mine in Canada. The expensive Bloom Lake investment was among a series of moves that led Casablanca Capital LP, an activist investor, to oust existing board member at Cliffs' 2014 annual meeting.

Centamin PLC (LON:CEY) Receives Consensus Rating of "Buy" from Analysts
Centamin PLC has been given a consensus recommendation of "Buy" by the thirteen analysts that are covering the firm, AnalystRatingsNetwork.com reports . Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, seven have issued a buy recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company.

Police Searching for Loose Monkey in Ohio
Residents in Minerva Park, Ohio, are on the lookout for a monkey that has reportedly been on the loose since Thursday. Witnesses have reported seeing what appears to be a medium-sized howler monkey in Minerva Park, an independent village in Columbus.

BHP Billiton Limited (BHP) Short Interest Update
BHP Billiton Limited was the recipient of a large increase in short interest in the month of January. As of January 15th, there was short interest totalling 21,851,411 shares, an increase of 25.1% from the December 31st total of 17,460,223 shares, Market Beat.com reports.

Minerals Technologies Inc (MTX) Trading Up 2.7% Following Strong Earnings
Shares of Minerals Technologies Inc were up 2.7% during mid-day trading on Friday following a stronger than expected earnings report, MarketBeat reports. The stock traded as high as $42.26 and last traded at $41.26, with a volume of 660,658 shares trading hands.

Chart Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTLS) Receives Consensus...
Chart Industries, Inc. has been assigned an average recommendation of "Hold" from the eight ratings firms that are covering the firm, Market Beat.com reports . One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating on the company.

Commercial Metals Company (NYSE:CMC) Given Consensus Recommendation...
Shares of Commercial Metals Company have been given an average rating of "Hold" by the nine research firms that are currently covering the stock, Analyst Ratings Net reports . One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have given a hold recommendation and five have given a buy recommendation to the company.

Cleveland water official addresses lingering toxicity concerns
According to Cleveland Water Commissioner Alex Margevicius, Lake Erie and the department's sprawling distribution system that delivers water to 1.4 millions is free of lead. "We work really hard to make sure that water is in great shape when it gets to folks' homes.

Request made for Wabush school
While there has been talk of one or more parties interested in the shuttered iron ore mine site in Labrador West, there is also continuing work towards the site's decommissioning and rehabilitation. A decommissioning plan from Cliffs Natural Resources now sits with the province's minister of Environment, who is set to make a decision of some kind on its contents by Wednesday.

American Century Companies Inc. Boosts Position in AZZ Inc
American Century Companies Inc. boosted its stake in AZZ Inc by 2.5% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 83,826 shares of the company's stock after buying an additional 2,049 shares during the period.

Waste Management, Inc. (WM) Stake Reduced by Catawba Capital Management VA
Catawba Capital Management VA cut its stake in Waste Management, Inc. by 0.0% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission . The fund owned 58,258 shares of the company's stock after selling 22 shares during the period.

Deprince Race & Zollo Inc. Has $623,000 Stake in Ecopetrol S.A.
Deprince Race & Zollo Inc. held its position in shares of Ecopetrol S.A. during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission . The institutional investor owned 88,850 shares of the company's stock at the end of the fourth quarter.

Ohio police and perhaps 'Man with the Yellow Hat' on lookout for monkey
In an escape worthy of popular cartoon monkey "Curious George," police in Minerva Park, Ohio, have alerted the public to a simian on the loose. First spotted by a police officer on Thursday in the heavily wooded Columbus suburb in central Ohio, the suspected "medium sized" howler monkey has evoked chuckles in the community while local and state officials search for an animal they suspect may have been someone's pet.

Minerals Technologies (MTX) CEO Joe Muscari on Q4 2015 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
Good morning, everyone. Sorry for the delay. We had some technical difficulties.

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Companies to hire laid off miners, steel workers at job fair Tuesday
After massive layoffs affecting miners and steel workers in the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa areas, a job fair Tuesday is designed to help them recover and find new jobs. The Alabama Career Center Systems is partnering with Alabama Works to host a job for on Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the at the G.G. Hardin Center at 15689 Alabama Highway 216 in Brookwood.

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Plastics Industry News
Dowling & Yahnke LLC Has $486,000 Position in E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co
Dowling & Yahnke LLC maintained its stake in E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission . The fund owned 7,290 shares of the company's stock at the end of the fourth quarter.

E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (DD) Price Target Lowered to $69.00 at Susquehanna
Susquehanna's target price would indicate a potential upside of 17.17% from the company's previous close. Other analysts have also recently issued research reports about the stock.

DT Investment Partners LLC Has $913,000 Position in E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co
DT Investment Partners LLC boosted its position in shares of E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co by 2.3% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 13,711 shares of the company's stock after buying an additional 314 shares during the period.

Dow Chemical Co (DOW) Upgraded to Positive at Susquehanna
Several hedge funds and institutional investors recently bought and sold shares of DOW. Parsec Financial Management Inc. increased its position in Dow Chemical by 0.8% in the fourth quarter.

Axiall Corp (AXLL) Rating Lowered to Hold at Zacks Investment Research
According to Zacks, "Axiall Corporation operates as a manufacturer and marketer of two integrated chemical product lines: chlorovinyls and aromatics. It also manufactures vinyl-based building and home improvement products that are marketed under the Royal Building Products and Exterior Portfolio brands, including window and door profiles, siding, mouldings, pipe and pipe fittings, and decking.

Analysts Set Titan International Inc (NYSE:TWI) PT at $10.81
Titan International Inc has earned a consensus rating of "Hold" from the eight research firms that are presently covering the company, AnalystRatings.NET reports . Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, one has given a hold recommendation and three have assigned a buy recommendation to the company.

Huber Officially Acquires Martinswerk Business from Albemarle Corporation
J.M. Huber Corporation, through its Huber Engineered Materials division, announces today it has acquired the Martinswerk business of Albemarle Corporation . The Martinswerk portfolio is now officially part of the Fire Retardant Additives business unit of HEM.

PolyOne Co. (POL) Rating Lowered to Hold at Wellington Shields
In related news, Chairman Stephen D. Newlin sold 43,493 shares of PolyOne stock in a transaction on Friday, December 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $34.47, for a total transaction of $1,499,203.71.

Dow to Reduce Acrylate Capacity by 20%
Multinational chemical corporation The Dow Chemical Company has announced that its Dow Performance Monomers business unit will be reducing acrylate capacity by 20 percent at its Deer Park Operations in Deer Park, TX. In addition to shutdown of acrylic capacity, other actions are being undertaken to address current market conditions, the company said in a statement issued Wednesday .

Research Analysts Issue Forecasts for Dow Chemical Co's Q1 2016 Earnings
Stock analysts at SunTrust issued their Q1 2016 EPS estimates for shares of Dow Chemical in a report issued on Wednesday, according to Zacks Investment Research . SunTrust analyst J. Sheehan forecasts that the firm will post earnings per share of $0.79 for the quarter.

Seaport Global Securities Weighs in on PolyOne Co.'s Q1 2016 Earnings
Seaport Global Securities lowered their Q1 2016 earnings estimates for PolyOne in a note issued to investors on Wednesday, Zacks Investment Research reports. Seaport Global Securities analyst M. Harrison now forecasts that the brokerage will earn $0.48 per share for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $0.53.

Capstone Asset Management Company Has $606,000 Position in Carlisle Companies, Inc.
Capstone Asset Management Company decreased its position in Carlisle Companies, Inc. by 5.5% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 6,836 shares of the company's stock after selling 400 shares during the period.

Trex Company, Inc. (TREX) Stake Sold by Benjamin F. Edwards & Company
Benjamin F. Edwards & Company eliminated its stake in Trex Company, Inc. during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor previously had a 500 share stake in the company, valued at approximately $17,465.

Dow Chemical news includes job cuts, CEO Andrew N. Liveris' departure
There was a shake-up at The Dow Chemical Co. Tuesday, Feb. 2, when chairman and CEO Andrew N. Liveris during a conference call with investors and the media mentioned plans to cut an additional 500 jobs and to transition out of the company in less than two years.

PolyOne to close Wichita plant
An Ohio-based polymers manufacturer plans to lay off 74 employees and close its South Tyler plant with ties to Wichita that are more than half a century old. The PolyOne Corp. plant at 1444 S. Tyler Road will be winding down operations "over the next several months as we transition production to other existing PolyOne facilities," spokesman Kyle Rose said in an e-mail Friday to The Eagle.

PolyOne Co. to Post Q1 2016 Earnings of $0.48 Per Share, Northcoast Research Forecasts
Northcoast Research issued their Q1 2016 EPS estimates for PolyOne in a research report issued on Thursday, Zacks Investment Research reports. Northcoast Research analyst K. Hocevar anticipates that the firm will post earnings of $0.48 per share for the quarter.

Dow Chemical Co Forecasted to Post Q1 2016 Earnings of $0.79 Per Share
SunTrust issued their Q1 2016 EPS estimates for Dow Chemical in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday, according to Zacks Investment Research . SunTrust analyst J. Sheehan anticipates that the firm will earn $0.79 per share for the quarter.

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