Strategic Initiatives to Deliver Strong Cash Flows, Volume and Sales Growth Amid Challenging Market - Research Report on Dow,

 Strategic Initiatives to Deliver Strong Cash Flows, Volume and Sales Growth
 Amid Challenging Market - Research Report on Dow, Ashland, Airgas, FMC, and
                                   Celanese

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NEW YORK, July 30, 2013

NEW YORK, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

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Today, Analysts' Corner announced new research reports highlighting The Dow
Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), Airgas Inc. (NYSE:
ARG), FMC Corp. (NYSE: FMC), and Celanese Corporation (NYSE: CE). Today's
readers may access these reports free of charge - including full price
targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the links below.

The Dow Chemical Company Research Report

On July 25, 2013, The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) reported its Q2 2013
financial results with earnings of $1.87 per share, up compared to earnings of
$0.55 per share in Q2 2012. The Company's sales were $14.6 billion, a 0.4% YoY
increase. Andrew N. Liveris, Dow's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
stated, "Our results in the second quarter are indicative of Dow's focus and
drive to aggressively manage our portfolio and generate momentum across our
enterprise - expanding margins, growing cash flow and increasing earnings,
even in the midst of a slow-growth macroeconomic environment. We also are
fully implementing aggressive improvement plans in those segments that do not
currently meet our return on capital expectations. Our strong cash generation,
our deployment of K-Dow proceeds to pay down debt and our ongoing $1.5 billion
share buyback program are all focused on rewarding our shareholders - and we
will continue to do so as our earnings grow." The Full Research Report on The
Dow Chemical Company - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and
price targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.analystscorner.com/r/full_research_report/6908_DOW]

Ashland Inc. Research Report

On July 25, 2013, Ashland Inc. (Ashland) announced its preliminary Q3 FY 2013
(period ended June 30, 2013) financial results with earnings from continuing
operations of $1.47 per diluted share. The Company reported operating income
of $210 million versus $263 million in Q3 FY 2012. Adjusted EBITDA was $325
million compared to $381 million in Q3 FY 2012. Diluted EPS from net income
came in at $1.55 compared to $1.90 in Q3 FY 2012. The Full Research Report on
Ashland Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price
targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.analystscorner.com/r/full_research_report/dfdb_ASH]

Airgas Inc. Research Report

On July 25, 2013, Airgas Inc. (Airgas) reported its Q2 2013 financial results
with earnings per diluted share declining 1% YoY to $1.14. The Company
reported sales growth of 2% YoY to $1.3 billion, primarily led by recent
acquisitions. The Company's operating margin was 12.2%, up 10 basis points
over Q2 2012. "The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) unexpected ruling
in late March to allow for an increase in the production of R-22 this year
challenged our refrigerants business to a greater extent than we had
estimated, with the unusually cool spring weather across much of the country
exacerbating its impact on our results," said Airgas President and Chief
Executive Officer Michael L. Molinini. "Absent the incremental refrigerants
impact, our results for the quarter were in-line with the mid-point of our
earnings per share guidance range, with Distribution segment organic sales up
1% in what continues to be a very challenging economic environment." The
Company is updating its full-year 2014 diluted EPS guidance of $5.00 to $5.15,
representing 15% to 18% YoY growth. The Full Research Report on Airgas Inc. -
including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is
available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.analystscorner.com/r/full_research_report/b17f_ARG]

FMC Corp. Research Report

On July 24, 2013, FMC Corp. (FMC) announced its acquisition of all of the
shares of Epax Nutra Holding III AS (Norway) and Epax UK Holding III AS
(United Kingdom). "Earlier this year, we committed to invest in our FMC Health
and Nutrition platform by expanding participation in nutraceuticals and
similar high growth markets," said Pierre Brondeau, FMC President, Chief
Executive Officer and Chairman. "Today's announcement underscores our
commitment to this strategy and builds on our strengths in functional
ingredients for the food and pharmaceutical markets. It also illustrates our
resolve to meet or exceed FMC's Vision 2015 growth goals through targeted
acquisitions that complement our technology, business and financial
priorities." According to the Company, the $345 million transaction reflects a
2013 EBITDA multiple in line with FMC's current trading multiple and is
anticipated to be immediately accretive to the Company's EPS. The Full
Research Report on FMC Corp. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst
ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.analystscorner.com/r/full_research_report/a00b_FMC]

Celanese Corporation Research Report

On July 18, 2013, Celanese Corp. (Celanese) reported its Q2 2013 financial
results with adjusted EPS of $1.12, down compared to $1.14 in Q2 2012. The
Company's segment income margin increased 22.3% YoY. Celanese's cash on hand
increased to $1.1 billion while net debt decreased to less than $2 billion.
"Celanese's second quarter results reflect the continued success we are having
by delivering value-added solutions to our customers in diverse end-use
markets and geographic regions as we increased segment income margins to 22.3%
sequentially in Advanced Engineered Materials, Consumer Specialties and
Industrial Specialties. This success was tempered by lower segment income in
Acetyl Intermediates as the economies of Asia and Europe demonstrated softer
conditions than the first quarter and as we executed a number of plant
turnarounds," said Mark Rohr, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are
well positioned to pursue our balanced cash deployment strategy." The Company
expects adjusted earnings growth of 12% YoY for 2013. The Full Research Report
on Celanese Corporation - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings
and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.analystscorner.com/r/full_research_report/3763_CE]

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