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Westlake Chemical

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Westlake Chemical expands share repurchase program by $150M

The Board of Directors of Westlake Chemical authorized the company to repurchase an additional $150M of shares of its common stock under its existing share repurchase program. As of August 17, 2018, approximately 6.5M shares of common stock had been acquired at an aggregate purchase price of approximately $360M under the program. After this expansion of the size of the program, and as of the same date, an aggregate of approximately $290M will be available for purchase under the program.

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WLK Westlake Chemical
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Catch up on today's top five analyst initiations with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Alcoa (AA) initiated with a Neutral at B. Riley FBR while Century Aluminum (CENX) was initiated with a Buy. 2. Westlake Chemical (WLK) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein while Westlake Chemical Partners (WLKP) was initiated with a Market Perform. 3. RealPage (RP) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan. 4. JBG Smith Properties (JBGS) initiated with a Sell at Stifel. 5. Kimberly-Clark (KMB) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
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07/11/18
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Westlake Chemical downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura Instinet
Nomura Instinet analyst Aleksey Yefremov downgraded Westlake Chemical to Neutral and lowered his price target for the shares to $120 from $125.
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Nomura Instinet downgrades Westlake Chemical ahead of Q2 results
Nomura Instinet analyst Aleksey Yefremov downgraded Westlake Chemical (WLK) to Neutral from Buy and lowered his price target for the shares to $120 from $125. The analyst expects softer demand to weigh on cyclical stocks and reduced his estimates for seven names in the Americas Chemicals space. He sees more challenging outlooks for the second half of 2018 compared to the first half due to easing demand in certain commodities/materials, inflation in raw materials and other costs, and less favorable currency. Yefremov now sees Westlake's risk/reward as more balanced given his more cautious stance on U.S. caustic soda prices, especially in the near term. The analyst likes DowDuPont (DWDP) and FMC Corporation (FMC) the most among his Buy-rated names.
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