Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

Healthy Spreads And Steady Operations Helping Braskem

Brazilian shares have had a good run since the spring, and Braskem (NYSE:BAK) has gone along for the ride with the shares climbing another third since my last piece, taking the shares up 70% over the past year. Brazil's economy is still in tough shape, but weak oil prices and healthy international demand for polyethylene and polypropylene have kept the company's financials in good shape.

There are a lot of unknowns that investors have to make their peace with if they're going to own Braskem. The company announced earlier this month that they were having settlement discussions with the U.S. Department of Justice and the SEC regarding the company's involvement in a widespread bribery and corruption probe

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