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Earnings Watch: 10 Chemical Stocks

7. Minerals Technologies (MTX - Get Report) is a resource- and technology-based company, engaged in developing, producing and marketing a range of specialty mineral, mineral-based and synthetic mineral products, and supporting systems and services. The company operates in two reportable segments: specialty minerals and refractories.

The company is scheduled to report its first quarter 2011 results on April 29. Net income is projected to increase 2% to $15.6 million or 84 cents per share from $15.3 million or 82 cents per share in the comparable quarter of last year. However, total revenue is seen declining marginally to $250 million from $253.5 million, according to analysts polled by Bloomberg.

The company recently announced an agreement with JK Paper Ltd. to construct a satellite precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) facility at JK Paper's largest pulp and paper mill located near Rayagada in the eastern state of Orissa, India. The plant will support the mill by producing more than 46,000 metric tons per year of PCC. This satellite PCC facility will be its fourth in India, constructed within a relatively short period. Once commercialized, it will bring the company's total count in Asia to 12.

Of the five analysts covering the stock, 80% recommend it a buy, while the remaining rate a hold. There are no sell ratings on the stock. On average, analysts expect an upside of 16% to $75.5 in value from current levels.
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