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

The winners from the specialty chemical sector appear to be those most willing to change. A common theme that existed among those companies in which investors did the most buying after reporting earnings, were acquisitions and spin-offs. Huntsman (NYSE:HUN) even blended the two together. Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) was a big winner as its acquisition of Champion continues to fold in seamlessly with its existing business and expanding the company's reach into the energy industry. For more on these two, along with DuPont (NYSE:DD) and LyondellBasell (NYSE:LYB), tune in below.

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