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肯塔基州卡温顿市 — 亚什兰集团(纽约证交所:ASH)今天宣布已经与德意志银行伦敦分行(以下简称“德意志银行”)和摩根大通银行(以下简称“摩根大通”)达成了加速股票回购协议,回购总价值达7.5亿美元的亚什兰普通股。这些协议是亚什兰先前宣布的13.5亿美元股票回购计划的一部分。





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