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DuPont's 2013 Performance was Nearly Bulletproof

This segment is from Tuesday's edition of "Digging for Value," in which sector analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss energy and materials news with host Alison Southwick. The twice-weekly show can be viewed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It can also be found on Twitter, along with our extended coverage of the energy & materials sectors @TMFEnergy.

Most commonly known as DuPont, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co (NYSE: DD  ) displayed great strength in its performance over its entire 2013 fiscal year. The maker of everything from kevlar to genetically modified seeds turned out over 1,700 new products last year, and its focus on the agriculture segment has really started to pay off nicely. It also announced a new share buyback program that was quickly mirrored by Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW  ) this morning when it reported strong results and a $5 billion buyback plan. The short video clip below offers a bit more insight into how this company is faring. 

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  • Report this Comment On January 29, 2014, at 11:27 AM, funfundvierzig wrote:

    DuPont's 2013 sales and operating earnings increased by an uninspiring 3%. That's "displaying great strength"??

    How low is the bar set for this much shrunken and shrinking conglomerate based in Delaware?

    Moreover, it would appear that DuPont Management met its Q4 2013 target seed sales by booking sales in Q4, which would normally flow into Q1 2014.


  • Report this Comment On January 29, 2014, at 11:32 AM, funfundvierzig wrote:

    As for those "1700 new products" touted by DuPont's PR-driven Management, how many of these "innovations" represent superficial changes in pre-existing products by slight changes in formulae or colour or packaging, or name?

    Out of these 1700 "new products", there does not appear to be a single high-profit blockbuster or breakthrough technology. Has any other FOOL heard of one?


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