StockCall Review on Ferro and PolyOne: Chemical Stocks Benefit from Low Energy Prices

Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:01am EST

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LONDON,  February 11, 2013  /PRNewswire/ --

Specialty chemical companies are performing well. Various reasons supporting the
industry are the improvement in the U.S. economy and recovery of global economy.
Various companies including PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL) have reported strong
results, beating analysts' estimates. These companies are also seeing benefits
by the low energy prices as it helps them in controlling their input and
operating costs. On the other hand, Ferro Corp. (NYSE: FOE) is looking to
curtail its costs to improve profits. StockCall analysts initiated preliminary
technical research on PolyOne and Ferro. These free reports are accessible by
signing today at

PolyOne on Acquisition Spree

PolyOne Corporation reported strong quarterly results and beat the street's
estimates. However, its GAAP results fell short of its prior performance. The
company's revenue stood at  $679.4 million, surpassing consensus estimate of 
$673.7 million  while its EPS met the expectation of  21 cents  per share. The
results show that the stock is likely to retain its momentum into the
foreseeable future. It gained 50 percent in the past 12 months. The free
technical analysis on PolyOne is available by signing up at   

The stock is also being lapped up by hedge funds. According to its recent
filing, Fine Capital Partners holds interest in the company. PolyOne Corporation
is looking ahead to a rewarding 2013 as the global economy shows the signs of

The company is also expanding itself as it acquired Glasforms in a  $34 million 
deal. Glasform deals in advanced composite products and the acquisition will
help PolyOne Corporation to gain foothold in the market. The company expects the
acquisition to be accretive to its earnings this year.  PolyOne Corporation is
also looking to close its Spartech Corp deal this year. The deal will help
PolyOne in capturing security and aerospace market. Spartech acquisition is also
expected to be accretive from its full first year. Overall, PolyOne Corporation
is in the position to repeat its past year's stock performance and offers good
upside to investors.

Ferro Corp. Gets Out of Loss Making Business

Ferro Corp. is going ahead with its plans to restructure its business. The
company sold its solar paste assets to Heraeus. The deal will help Ferro Corp.
to get out the loss making business of solar pastes, which had been in decline
since 2011. The company is expected to save  $17 million  in operating costs
after disposing of the business. Ferro is also planning to take various other
steps to contain its costs and help the company's margins. Demise of its solar
paste business will help it in reducing the negative impact. Register now to
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Looking forward, Ferro Corp. expects to improve its financial performance. The
company expects its FY2012 EPS to be in the range of  7 cents to 12 cents  per
share, while its 2013 EPS is likely to remain between  25 cents and 30 cents 
per share.  The company is moving into new direction after the change of guard
at the helm. Its CEO  James Kirsch  resigned in November last year.

Ferro Corp. will also benefit from  China's  new push to solar companies. The
country recently announced subsidy package for promoting use of solar power. 
Ferro Corp. lost a quarter of its value in past 52 weeks. However, the new steps
taken by the company to boost its profitability and margins are expected to
yield good results.

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