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. 

The tax-free treatment of the spin-offs Dow Chemical Co and DuPont plan to carry out after they merge their businesses is a prime driv

Chemicals and seed maker DuPont said it would consolidate some businesses within two units.
DuPont repelled a board challenge from activist investor Nelson Peltz on Wednesday, dealing him a surprising blow after shareholders backed all 12 directors nominated by the U.S. chemical conglomerate's management.
Economic growth in the U.S. is slowing--our economy expanded at a slower pace than forecast in the fourth quarter. Data is clouding the picture.