One of the leading industrial gas producers and suppliers,
) recently announced the opening of a new air separation plant, the
third of its kind, in Colombia.
The plant with a daily producing capacity of 200 tons of oxygen,
nitrogen and argon is located 50 km from Bogota in the free trade
zone of Gran Sabana. The industrial gases produced will be supplied
to Brazilian steelmaker,
) plant in Colombia. Apart from this, the plant will also take care
of the requirements of the local oil and gas, manufacturing,
chemicals, food and beverage and medical industry.
Of late, Praxair started a number of air separation plants
including two in China. One was started in Nanjing, Jiangsu
province for Meishan Iron and Steel Co., Ltd while another in
Wuwei, Anhui province, for coal based chemicals project of Anhui
HuaYi Chemical Co., Ltd.
A series of plant start-ups and contract wins signifies the
growing preferences among customers for Praxair's world class
technology, high quality products and gas supply services.
The current Zacks Consensus Estimate for the second quarter of
2012 is $1.42, representing a year-over-year increase of 3.07%.
Estimates for the fiscal years 2012 and 2013 are $5.79 and $6.59,
reflecting annual growth of 6.54% and 13.85%, respectively.
Praxair is slated to release its second quarter 2012 financial
results on July 25, while its prime competitor,
Air Products & Chemicals Inc. (
is expected to declare its third quarter results on July 24,
We maintain a Neutral recommendation on Praxair. The stock also
carries a Zacks #4 Rank, implying a short-term (1-3 months) Sell
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