NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 08/19/11 -- China's strengthening economy has led to a surge in industrial and agricultural activity. This has greatly benefitted specialty chemical makers in recent quarters, as demand for their products continues to surge. The Bedford Report examines the Chemical Manufacturing Industry and provides research reports on Yongye International, Inc. (NASDAQ: YONG) and Gulf Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: GURE). Access to the full company reports can be found at:
Agriculture represents one of the most important sectors of China's economy, providing more than 12 percent of the country's total Gross Domestic Product and employing in excess of 300 million farmers. China's growing agricultural sector has not only boosted profits for farmers, but has also benefitted Chinese producers of agricultural chemicals.
In the most recent quarter Gulf Resources posted improved numbers in its chemical products due to new wastewater treatment chemical additives and the increased sale of agricultural intermediates.
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Lower than expected Bromine production forced GURE to cut its full-year revenue forecast to $156-$158 million from $195-$198 million and income forecast to $48-$49.5 million from $64-$66 million.
Yongye International produces and markets two lines of organic nutrient products: a liquid nutrient product which is sprayed on plants and a powder nutrient product which is added to animal feed. Yongye recently announced that revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2011 was $154.7 million compared to $89.4 million for the same period in 2010, an increase of 73.0%.
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