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LyondellBasell approaches Brazil's Braskem for takeover: WSJ

General view of the refinery of U.S. chemicals group LyondellBasell in Berre, near Marseille, France, October 19, 2015. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

(Reuters) - LyondellBasell Industries NV LYB.N has approached Brazil's Braskem SA BRKM5.SABAK.N for a potential takeover, valuing the petrochemicals company at more than $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

The talks are at an early stage and there is no guarantee of a deal, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. on.wsj.com/2zRqhHj

A deal would help LyondellBasell expand in Latin America, where Braskem is the biggest petrochemicals company.

The news comes amid a wave of big mergers in the chemicals sector. Dow Chemical and DuPont completed their $130 billion merger last month to form DowDuPont DWDP.N, while ChemChina [CNCC.UL] bought Swiss seeds group Syngenta SYNN.S for $43 billion earlier this year.

LyondellBasell and Braskem did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.

LyondellBasell’s shares rose 6 percent to $105.03 while Braskem’s U.S.-listed shares climbed 14 percent to $33.42 in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Reporting by Ahmed Farhatha in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar

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