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Asset management giant BlackRock and chemical major Dow Chemical praised Saudi Arabia on Thursday as the kingdom said it was pressing ahead with reforms and investments beyond crude oil.

Chemicals and seed producer DuPont's quarterly profit topped analysts' estimates as the company intensifies its cost-cutting efforts ahead of its merger with Dow Chemical Co. 

Argentina, once a regional energy leader, is now better known for financial busts and bombastic politicians than hydrocarbons prospects.