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Exelon, ADM may be in Buffett’s sights

From Bloomberg News | Billionaire Warren Buffett said in his annual letter that wants to use his almost $40 billion pile of cash to pursue bigger acquisitions. That may put companies from Archer Daniels Midland Co. to General Dynamics Corp. and Exelon Corp. in his sights. Get the full story>>

Corn syrup makers want sweeter name: Corn sugar

The makers of high fructose corn syrup want to sweeten up its image with a new name: corn sugar. The bid to rename the sweetener by the Corn Refiners Association comes as Americans’ concerns about health and obesity have sent consumption of high fructose corn syrup to a 20-year low.

The group plans to apply Tuesday to the Food and Drug Administration to get “corn sugar” approved as an alternative name for food labels. Get the full story »

ADM profit tops Street on better margins

Archer Daniels Midland Co., a major corn and soybean processor and ethanol maker, said Tuesday its fourth-quarter net income surged even as sales slipped. The company said the profit boost came mainly from higher volumes and margins. Ethanol profits increased in the United States, as increased demand for soybean products in South America and Europe offset declines in North America.

UAL, Ford, ADM CEOs appointed to Export Council

President Barack Obama is scheduled to unveil a report Wednesday showing the U.S. is on track to double exports in the next five years and name the chief executives of United Parcel Services Inc., Walt Disney Co., Pfizer Inc. and other firms to a presidential advisory board on trade issues.

Other large, publicly trade companies that will be represented on the council include Metlife Inc., UAL Corp., Dow Chemical Co. , Ford Motor Co. , Verizon Communications Inc.  and Archer Daniels Midland Co. Get the full story »

Archer Daniels invests $100M in China bank

U.S. agricultural processor Archer Daniels Midland Co on Thursday said it will invest $100 million in a Chinese bank and open an office in Beijing as part of its goal to boost sales in China.

“China’s agricultural market is growing in both supply and demand and represents significant growth opportunities for ADM,” ADM Chief Executive Patricia Woertz said in a statement. Get the full story »