DuPont The chemical company reported first-quarter earnings of $1.49 billion, or $1.57 a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $1.43 billion, or $1.52. Analysts, on average, were expecting earnings of $1.55 a share. "DuPont's market-driven science and commitment to innovation and productivity are winning in key markets, despite economic headwinds early in the first quarter," DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman said in a statement. "Around the world, we are bringing our science closer to local markets by collaborating with customers and partners in our new DuPont Innovation Centers. We are prioritizing our R&D portfolio to deliver food, energy and protection solutions for the world's growing population." Consolidated sales increased 12% to $11.2 billion with the biggest increase by region coming from Latin America with sales of $1.2 billion, up 23%. Shares of DuPont fell 2 cents, or 0.04%, in premarket trading Thursday to $53.25. TheStreet Ratings gives DuPont an A- grade with a buy rating and $60.53 price target.