Strong Operational Performances, Margins, and Growth Initiatives Deliver Solid Earnings Growth - Research Report on

Strong Operational Performances, Margins, and Growth Initiatives Deliver Solid
Earnings Growth - Research Report on LyondellBasell, Grace, PPG, Eastman, and
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NEW YORK, August 1, 2013

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Today, Analysts' Corner announced new research reports highlighting
LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE: LYB), W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA), PPG
Industries Inc. (NYSE: PPG), Eastman Chemical Co. (NYSE: EMN), and FMC Corp.
(NYSE: FMC). Today's readers may access these reports free of charge -
including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the
links below.

LyondellBasell Industries NV Research Report 

On July 26, 2013, LyondellBasell Industries NV (LyondellBasell) reported its
Q2 2013 financial results. The Company reported income from continuing
operations of $923 million or $1.60 diluted per share in Q2 2013, compared to
$768 million or $1.33 diluted per share in Q2 2012. Revenues declined 1.3% YoY
to $11.1 billion and EBITDA totaled approximately $1.7 million, down 4.3% YoY,
during Q2 2013. "Overall, it was a strong quarter. We achieved record
quarterly earnings and advanced our plans for the future on several fronts.
The back-to-basics strategy that we put in place three years ago continues to
yield strong results and returns for our shareholders," said Jim Gallogly,
LyondellBasell Chief Executive Officer. The Full Research Report on
LyondellBasell Industries NV - 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/dc7c_LYB]

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W.R. Grace & Co. Research Report

On July 25, 2013, W.R. Grace & Co. (Grace) reported its Q2 2013 financial
results. The Company posted total net income of $82.8 million, or $1.07 per
diluted share, in Q2 2013, compared to $69.3 million, or $0.90 per diluted
share, reported in Q2 2012. Sales for Q2 2013 totaled $802.8 million, a
decrease of 2.9% YoY, due to lower pricing and unfavorable currency
translation. Adjusted EBIT totaled $142.1 million compared to $143.6 million
in Q2 2012, pressurized by lower gross profit and higher operating expenses.
Fred Festa, Grace's Chairman and CEO, said, "Earnings for the quarter came in
as expected; Materials Technologies and Construction Products had solid
quarters, benefiting from good growth in emerging regions and strong pricing
and margins. In Catalysts Technologies, the customer operational issues that
impacted the first quarter were successfully resolved. However, our refinery
catalyst pricing initiative has not produced the results we wanted, with
negative effects to our sales and earnings outlook in the second half." For
its full-year 2013 outlook, Grace expects adjusted EBITDA to be in the range
of $685 million to $695 million and adjusted EBIT to be between $560 million
and $570 million. The Full Research Report on W.R. Grace & Co. - 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/0c09_GRA]

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PPG Industries Inc. Research Report

On July 18, 2013, PPG Industries, (PPG) reported its Q2 2013 financial
results. The Company posted net sales of $4.1 billion, an increase of 16.1%
YoY in Q2 2013. Net income from continuing operations totaled $341 million or
$2.35 per diluted share in Q2 2013, compared to $297 million or $1.92 per
diluted share in Q2 2012. Charles E. Bunch, PPG chairman and Chief Executive
Officer, said, "We achieved new sales and adjusted earnings records due to the
continued strong performance of our coatings businesses, which in aggregate
delivered 25% earnings growth in comparison to last year's record level. The
record adjusted earnings results were driven by our strong operating focus,
including ongoing aggressive cost management, and the earnings benefit from
cash deployed on recent coatings acquisitions." The Full Research Report on
PPG Industries 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/7f49_PPG]

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Eastman Chemical Co. Research Report

On July 29, 2013, Eastman Chemical Company (Eastman) reported its Q2 2013
financial results. The Company's reported earnings from continuing operations
were $1.69 per diluted share compared to $1.26 per diluted share in Q2 2012.
Sales revenue for the quarter amounted to approximately $2.4 billion, a 31.7%
YoY increase, and operating earnings totaled $428 million compared to $317
million in Q2 2012. "The great progress we've made over the past several years
to improve our portfolio, including the acquisition of Solutia, shows in the
continuing strength of our earnings," said Jim Rogers, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer. The Company expects its full-year 2013 EPS to range between
$6.40 and $6.50, slightly lower than H1 2013 due to normal seasonality of
sales volume. The Full Research Report on Eastman Chemical Co. - 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/456e_EMN]

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FMC Corp. Research Report

On July 29, 2013, FMC Corp. (FMC) reported its Q2 2013 financial results. The
Company posted total revenues of $959.4 million, up 6.0% YoY in Q2 2013. Net
income for the quarter totaled $118.0 million or $0.86 per diluted share in Q2
2013, compared to $104.9 million or $0.76 per diluted share in Q2 2012. Pierre
Brondeau, FMC President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, said, "We
remain firmly on track to meet or exceed our Vision 2015 targets. We are
executing our growth strategies across the enterprise, pursuing the right
opportunities to expand our portfolio, and delivering premium shareholder
return." For full-year 2013, the Company expects adjusted earnings to range
between $3.72 and $3.87 per diluted share, a 13% YoY increase at midpoint
range. 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]

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