A view of flags of German chemical company BASF in Monheim in this April 20, 2012 file photo. BASF, the world's largest chemicals company by sales, exceeded expectations for quarterly earnings on ... more 
A view of flags of German chemical company BASF in Monheim in this April 20, 2012 file photo. BASF, the world's largest chemicals company by sales, exceeded expectations for quarterly earnings on higher margins from specialty chemicals for industrial customers. "Our business performance was robust in the third quarter of 2013," Chief Executive Kurt Bock said on October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/Files (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS LOGO SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) less 
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