updated 3/9/2009 4:53:29 PM ET 2009-03-09T20:53:29

Dow Chemical reached a tentative deal in its disputed $15.4 billion buyout of Rohm & Haas.

The major shareholders in Rohm & Haas, the Haas family trust and Paulson & Co., will take a $3 billion stake in Dow as part of the deal reached Monday in a Delaware court.

The deal is to be completed no later than April 1.

Trading in shares of both companies was halted at around 2:30 p.m.

Dow shares fell 80 cents, or 11.3 percent, to $6.31, while shares of Rohm & Haas rose $11.11, or 17.4 percent, to $74.91.

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