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Activist Investors and Warren Buffett Overshadowed Earnings

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.

With all of its core segments turning a profit, it would appear that Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW  ) is operating in a beneficial way for shareholders. Don't tell that to Dan Loeb though. Even with the recent strong performance, he isn't happy with the make-up of the company. Dow Chemical certainly thinks it is making the right decisions, and Warren Buffett clearly agrees. How do Dow Chemical's fourth quarter decisions stack up to E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE: DD  ) ? Click on the short video clip below to find out. 

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  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 8:54 AM, funfundvierzig wrote:

    DuPont Management did not just began their shrinkage of this lumbering Delaware-based conglomerate last fall. Recall in the past 15 years, DuPont dumped enormous resources in oil and gas, Conoco, Inc., when oil was selling for $11 a barrel! Then ten years ago, DuPont ditched its leadership position in fibres and fabrics, selling to the shrewd Koch brothers. Next to be liquidated: DuPont Pharmaceuticals, followed by a sale of coatings and automotive paints to the Carlyle Group for $4.9 billion, and recently the sale of vinyls and glasses. Numerous smaller businesses and products have also been deep-sixed along the way. Soon to be purged: all chemicals, including Teflon, refrigerants, and ironically about the last business where DuPont is the largest and most technologically advanced global producer: TIO2.

    Andrew Liveris, CEO of Dow, in saying no to a separate petrochemical entity appears to be shunning the futilely unsuccessful business model, SHRINKAGE equals GROWTH, of his now much diminished competitor in the dwarf state of Delaware, DuPont. And that cannot help but be beneficial to DOW shareholders, of which the undersigned is one...funfun..

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Taylor Muckerman

Taylor is an Associate GM in our Fool International operations. Prior to that he covered all things Energy + Materials as an analyst. Over the years, he has built an investing skill set to rely on when evaluating companies inside and out. While at the Fool, he has made appearances on CNBC and Fox Business. In addition, he completed his MBA at the University of Maryland and will sit for the Level II CFA Exam.

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