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    Dow Chemical and DuPont in Merger Talks

    They could bond, only to fracture again. Both chemical giants have been operating for over a century, and together they’d be worth about $120 billion. But the plan, should the merger happen, would likely be to split the mega-company into three new ones, each focusing on a different subset of the chemical business. Some sources say the deal’s been more than a decade in the making, though there’s no guarantee the talks will yield a real merger — or that antitrust regulators will okay the final product.

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