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LyondellBasell Delivers Strong Results

Plastics, chemical and oil refining giant, LyondellBasell Industries, NV (NYSE: LYB – $112.67), reported adjusted earnings for the fourth quarter of $2.73 per share, up from $2.67 in the same period a year ago and $0.17 better than the Street consensus. The company’s pre-adjusted results included an $819 million one-time, non-cash benefit from US tax reform that reduced net deferred tax liabilities. Total revenue of $9.14 billion was up from $7.75 billion in the same period a year ago and well above analysts’ views of $8.82 billion. For the full year, Netherlands-based LYB earned an adjusted $10.23 on revenue of about $34.5 billion. While the company provided an upbeat message for the new year, total earnings are not expected to be much better than 2017. Nonetheless, a possible major acquisition, solid balance sheet and strong cash flow are positives for the company and the $3.60 dividend provides investors with a 3.1% yield at current levels, adding to the shares long-term total return potential. The shares are suited for income accounts willing to take some risk on the future of global growth. The stock, trading at a reasonable 11 times 2018 earnings, and can be held for now.

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