Americas top stories - weekly summary

30 July 2012 15:00  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Here are some of the top stories from ICIS Americas for the week ended 27 July 2012.

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US BD for August flat as supplier rolls back nomination
US butadiene (BD) contracts for August settled flat, market sources said, adding that a supplier that normally does not settle with the rest of the market has agreed to roll back its nomination.

Low-cost NGLs help boost LyondellBasell's earnings
LyondellBasell benefitted from low-cost ethane and propane feedstock costs during the second-quarter of 2012, and will continue to have that advantage in the near term, the company's chief executive said.

World will not see normal GDP growth for 12-24 months – US Dow
The world will not see normal economic growth for 12-24 months because the crisis in Europe has spread to much of the planet, the chief executive of Dow Chemical said.

Dow Chemical Q2 net profit slumps 31.2% on plastics and materials
Dow Chemical’s second-quarter 2012 net profit fell by 31.2% to $734m (€602m) on volatile economic conditions and customer de-stocking throughout most value chains, the US company said.

US July barge acetone contract fully settles at 1.1% increase
The US July barge acetone contract reached a full settlement at an increase of 1.1% from June levels, sources said.

BASF to seek 15 cent/lb increase for North American nylon
BASF will seek an increase of 15-cent/lb ($331/tonne, €275/tonne) for its North American nylon 6 polymer effective 1 August or as contracts allow as a result of higher raw materials costs, a company official said.

DuPont sees robust TiO2 outlook despite Q2 volume decline
The outlook for DuPont’s titanium dioxide (TiO2) business remains good, despite a year-on-year volume decline in the second quarter, the CEO of the diversified US-based chemicals and science major said.

By: Staff Reporter
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