UNITED STATES
                       SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                             Washington, D.C. 20549


                                  SCHEDULE 13G

                    Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
                               (Amendment No. 1)*

                              ALBEMARLE CORPORATION
                              ---------------------
                                (Name of Issuer)

                          Common Stock, $0.01 Par Value
                          -----------------------------
                         (Title of Class of Securities)

                                    012653101
                                    ---------
                                 (CUSIP Number)

                                December 31, 2008
                                -----------------
                      (Date of Event which Requires Filing
                               of this Statement)



Check the appropriate box to designate the rule pursuant to which this Schedule
is filed:

               [ ]      Rule 13d-1(b)
               [X]      Rule 13d-1(c)
               [ ]      Rule 13d-1(d)



*The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person's
initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and
for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter the
disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

The information required on the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed
to be "filed" for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934 ("Act") or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act
but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the
Notes).


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CUSIP No. 012653101                   13G                     Page 2 of 11 Pages
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        1  NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
           I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSON

           S.A.C. Capital Advisors, LLC
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        2  CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*
                                                                      (a) [ ]
                                                                      (b) [X]
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        3  SEC USE ONLY

---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        4  CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

           Delaware
--------------------- ----- ----------------------------------------------------
                         5  SOLE VOTING POWER

                            0
NUMBER OF             ----- ----------------------------------------------------
SHARES                   6  SHARED VOTING POWER
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED                       300,000 (see Item 4)
BY                    ----- ----------------------------------------------------
EACH                     7  SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
REPORTING
PERSON                      0
WITH                  ----- ----------------------------------------------------
                         8  SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

                            300,000 (see Item 4)
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        9  AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

           300,000 (see Item 4)
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
       10  CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES

           [ ]
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
       11  PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)

           0.3% (see Item 4)
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
       12  TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*

           00
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
                       *SEE INSTRUCTION BEFORE FILLING OUT


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CUSIP No. 012653101                   13G                     Page 3 of 11 Pages
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        1  NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
           I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSON

           S.A.C. Capital Management, LLC
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        2  CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*
                                                                      (a) [ ]
                                                                      (b) [X]
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        3  SEC USE ONLY

---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        4  CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

           Delaware
--------------------- ----- ----------------------------------------------------
                         5  SOLE VOTING POWER

                            0
NUMBER OF             ----- ----------------------------------------------------
SHARES                   6  SHARED VOTING POWER
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED                       300,000 (see Item 4)
BY                    ----- ----------------------------------------------------
EACH                     7  SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
REPORTING
PERSON                      0
WITH                  ----- ----------------------------------------------------
                         8  SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

                            300,000 (see Item 4)
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        9  AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

           300,000 (see Item 4)
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
       10  CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES

           [ ]
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
       11  PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)

           0.3% (see Item 4)
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
       12  TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*

           00
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
                       *SEE INSTRUCTION BEFORE FILLING OUT


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CUSIP No. 012653101                   13G                     Page 4 of 11 Pages
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        1  NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
           I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSON

           CR Intrinsic Investors, LLC
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        2  CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*
                                                                      (a) [ ]
                                                                      (b) [X]
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        3  SEC USE ONLY

---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        4  CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

           Delaware
--------------------- ----- ----------------------------------------------------
                         5  SOLE VOTING POWER

                            0
NUMBER OF             ----- ----------------------------------------------------
SHARES                   6  SHARED VOTING POWER
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED                       0 (see Item 4)
BY                    ----- ----------------------------------------------------
EACH                     7  SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
REPORTING
PERSON                      0
WITH                  ----- ----------------------------------------------------
                         8  SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

                            0 (see Item 4)
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        9  AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

           0 (see Item 4)
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
       10  CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES

           [ ]
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
       11  PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)

           0% (see Item 4)
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
       12  TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*

           00
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
                       *SEE INSTRUCTION BEFORE FILLING OUT


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CUSIP No. 012653101                   13G                     Page 5 of 11 Pages
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        1  NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
           I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSON

           Sigma Capital Management, LLC
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        2  CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*
                                                                      (a) [ ]
                                                                      (b) [X]
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        3  SEC USE ONLY

---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        4  CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

           Delaware
--------------------- ----- ----------------------------------------------------
                         5  SOLE VOTING POWER

                            0
NUMBER OF             ----- ----------------------------------------------------
SHARES                   6  SHARED VOTING POWER
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED                       0 (see Item 4)
BY                    ----- ----------------------------------------------------
EACH                     7  SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
REPORTING
PERSON                      0
WITH                  ----- ----------------------------------------------------
                         8  SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

                            0 (see Item 4)
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        9  AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

           0 (see Item 4)
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
       10  CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES

           [ ]
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
       11  PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)

           0% (see Item 4)
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
       12  TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*

           00
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
                       *SEE INSTRUCTION BEFORE FILLING OUT


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CUSIP No. 012653101                   13G                     Page 6 of 11 Pages
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        1  NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
           I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSON

           Steven A. Cohen
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        2  CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*
                                                                      (a) [ ]
                                                                      (b) [X]
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        3  SEC USE ONLY

---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        4  CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

           United States
--------------------- ----- ----------------------------------------------------
                         5  SOLE VOTING POWER

                            0
NUMBER OF             ----- ----------------------------------------------------
SHARES                   6  SHARED VOTING POWER
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED                       300,000 (see Item 4)
BY                    ----- ----------------------------------------------------
EACH                     7  SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
REPORTING
PERSON                      0
WITH                  ----- ----------------------------------------------------
                         8  SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

                            300,000 (see Item 4)
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        9  AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

           300,000 (see Item 4)
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
       10  CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES

           [ ]
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
       11  PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)

           0.3% (see Item 4)
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
       12  TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*

           IN
---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------
                       *SEE INSTRUCTION BEFORE FILLING OUT


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Item 1(a)           Name of Issuer:
                    --------------

                    Albemarle Corporation

Item 1(b)           Address of Issuer's Principal Executive Offices:
                    -----------------------------------------------

                    451 Florida Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70801

Items 2(a)          Name of Person Filing:
                    ---------------------

                    This statement is filed by: (i) S.A.C. Capital Advisors, LLC
                    ("SAC Capital Advisors") with respect to shares of common
                    stock, $0.01 par value ("Shares"), of the Issuer
                    beneficially owned by S.A.C. Capital Associates, LLC ("SAC
                    Capital Associates") and S.A.C. Select Fund, LLC ("SAC
                    Select Fund"); (ii) S.A.C. Capital Management, LLC ("SAC
                    Capital Management") with respect to Shares beneficially
                    owned by SAC Capital Associates and SAC Select Fund; (iii)
                    CR Intrinsic Investors, LLC ("CR Intrinsic Investors") with
                    respect to Shares beneficially owned by CR Intrinsic
                    Investments, LLC ("CR Intrinsic Investments"); (iv) Sigma
                    Capital Management, LLC ("Sigma Management") with respect to
                    shares beneficially owned by Sigma Capital Associates, LLC
                    ("Sigma Capital Associates"); and (v) Steven A. Cohen with
                    respect to Shares beneficially owned by SAC Capital
                    Advisors, SAC Capital Management, SAC Capital Associates,
                    SAC Select Fund, CR Intrinsic Investors, CR Intrinsic
                    Investments, Sigma Management and Sigma Capital Associates.

Item 2(b)           Address of Principal Business Office:
                    ------------------------------------

                    The address of the principal business office of (i) SAC
                    Capital Advisors, CR Intrinsic Investors and Mr. Cohen is 72
                    Cummings Point Road, Stamford, Connecticut 06902, and (ii)
                    SAC Capital Management and Sigma Management is 540 Madison
                    Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

Item 2(c)           Citizenship:
                    -----------

                    SAC Capital Advisors, SAC Capital Management, CR Intrinsic
                    Investors and Sigma Management are Delaware limited
                    liability companies. Mr. Cohen is a United States citizen.

Item 2(d)           Title of Class of Securities:
                    ----------------------------

                    Common Stock, $0.01 par value

Item 2(e)           CUSIP Number:
                    ------------

                    012653101

Item 3              Not Applicable


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Item 4              Ownership:
                    ---------

                    The percentages used herein are calculated based upon the
                    Shares issued and outstanding as of November 1, 2008 as
                    reported on the Issuer's quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed
                    with the Securities and Exchange Commission by the Issuer
                    for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2008.

                    As of the close of business on December 31, 2008:

                    1. S.A.C. Capital Advisors, LLC
                    (a) Amount beneficially owned: 300,000
                    (b) Percent of class: 0.3%
                    (c)(i) Sole power to vote or direct the vote: -0-
                    (ii) Shared power to vote or direct the vote: 300,000
                    (iii) Sole power to dispose or direct the disposition: -0-
                    (iv) Shared power to dispose or direct the disposition:
                    300,000

                    2. S.A.C. Capital Management, LLC
                    (a) Amount beneficially owned: 300,000
                    (b) Percent of class: 0.3%
                    (c)(i) Sole power to vote or direct the vote: -0-
                    (ii) Shared power to vote or direct the vote: 300,000
                    (iii) Sole power to dispose or direct the disposition: -0-
                    (iv) Shared power to dispose or direct the disposition:
                    300,000

                    3. CR Intrinsic Investors, LLC
                    (a) Amount beneficially owned: -0-
                    (b) Percent of class: 0%
                    (c)(i) Sole power to vote or direct the vote: -0-
                    (ii) Shared power to vote or direct the vote: -0-
                    (iii) Sole power to dispose or direct the disposition: -0-
                    (iv) Shared power to dispose or direct the disposition: -0-

                    4. Sigma Capital Management, LLC
                    (a) Amount beneficially owned: -0-
                    (b) Percent of class: 0%
                    (c)(i) Sole power to vote or direct the vote: -0-
                    (ii) Shared power to vote or direct the vote: -0-
                    (iii) Sole power to dispose or direct the disposition: -0-
                    (iv) Shared power to dispose or direct the disposition: -0-

                    5. Steven A. Cohen
                    (a) Amount beneficially owned: 300,000
                    (b) Percent of class: 0.3%
                    (c)(i) Sole power to vote or direct the vote: -0-
                    (ii) Shared power to vote or direct the vote: 300,000
                    (iii) Sole power to dispose or direct the disposition: -0-
                    (iv) Shared power to dispose or direct the disposition:
                    300,000


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                    SAC Capital Advisors, SAC Capital Management, CR Intrinsic
                    Investors, Sigma Management and Mr. Cohen own directly no
                    Shares. Pursuant to investment management agreements in
                    effect at the time, each of SAC Capital Advisors and SAC
                    Capital Management shared all investment and voting power
                    with respect to the securities held by SAC Capital
                    Associates and SAC Select Fund. Pursuant to an investment
                    management agreement, CR Intrinsic Investors maintains
                    investment and voting power with respect to the securities
                    held by CR Intrinsic Investments. Pursuant to an investment
                    management agreement, Sigma Management maintains investment
                    and voting power with respect to the securities held by
                    Sigma Capital Associates. Mr. Cohen controls each of SAC
                    Capital Advisors, SAC Capital Management, CR Intrinsic
                    Investors and Sigma Management. CR Intrinsic Investments is
                    a wholly owned subsidiary of SAC Capital Associates. As of
                    December 31, 2008, by reason of the provisions of Rule 13d-3
                    of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, SAC
                    Capital Advisors, SAC Capital Management and Mr. Cohen may
                    be deemed to beneficially own 300,000 Shares (constituting
                    approximately 0.3% of the Shares outstanding). Each of SAC
                    Capital Advisors, SAC Capital Management, CR Intrinsic
                    Investors, Sigma Management and Mr. Cohen disclaims
                    beneficial ownership of any of the securities covered by
                    this statement, and SAC Capital Associates disclaims
                    beneficial ownership of any securities held by CR Intrinsic
                    Investments.

Item 5              Ownership of Five Percent or Less of a Class:
                    --------------------------------------------

                    If this statement is being filed to report the fact that as
                    of the date hereof the reporting person has ceased to be the
                    beneficial owner of more than five percent of the class of
                    securities, check the following. [X]

Item 6              Ownership of More than Five Percent on Behalf of Another
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    Person:
                    ------

                    Not Applicable

Item 7              Identification and Classification of the
                    ----------------------------------------
                    Subsidiary Which Acquired the Security Being
                    --------------------------------------------
                    Reported on By the Parent Holding Company:
                    -----------------------------------------

                    Not Applicable

Item 8              Identification and Classification of Members
                    --------------------------------------------
                    of the Group:
                    ------------

                    Not Applicable

Item 9              Notice of Dissolution of Group:
                    ------------------------------

                    Not Applicable


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Item 10             Certification:
                    -------------

     By signing below the signatory certifies that, to the best of his knowledge
and belief, the securities referred to above were not acquired and are not held
for the purpose of or with the effect of changing or influencing the control of
the issuer of the securities and were not acquired and are not held in
connection with or as a participant in any transaction having that purpose or
effect.


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                                    SIGNATURE
                                    ---------

     After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I
certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and
correct.

Dated: January 7, 2009

S.A.C. CAPITAL ADVISORS, LLC


By: /s/ Peter Nussbaum
   -------------------------------
Name:   Peter Nussbaum
Title:  Authorized Person


S.A.C. CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC


By: /s/ Peter Nussbaum
   -------------------------------
Name:   Peter Nussbaum
Title:  Authorized Person


CR INTRINSIC INVESTORS, LLC


By: /s/ Peter Nussbaum
   -------------------------------
Name:   Peter Nussbaum
Title:  Authorized Person


SIGMA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC


By: /s/ Peter Nussbaum
   -------------------------------
Name:   Peter Nussbaum
Title:  Authorized Person


STEVEN A. COHEN


By: /s/ Peter Nussbaum
   -------------------------------
Name:   Peter Nussbaum
Title:  Authorized Person


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