DuPont is expected to post a profit for the fourth quarter, signaling what could be the start of an economic turnaround as evidenced by rising auto sales and increasing financial interest in solar and public transportation -- key markets for DuPont. "The stage is set in 2010 for chemical investors to see moderately calmer seas and smoother sailing that should result in solid performance and help the group outperform the broader market," a Credit Suisse analyst said.

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