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China’s About Turn: The Seven Global Implications

By John Richardson

HISTORIANS will end up concluding that falling emerging market currencies and stock markets – the prelude to what could be a full-blown crisis –  is really about China and not about the US Federal Reserve. The Fed …

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Analyse The Data And Listen To Li Keqiang

By John Richardson

IT IS important to look at long-term trends in China rather than be misled by a few positive sets of data. This is not pessimism, just realism.

Yesterday saw the release of very good August export data.  …

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Quick recovery forecast for South Korea

By Malini Hariharan

Analysts are predicting a quick recovery for South Korean petrochemical companies after a dismal performance in the last quarter.

Honam Petrochemical’s Q4 2011 sales were down 14.7% quarter on quarter at Won3,488 bn. Operating profit declined 59.8% …

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Weak margins hit earnings

By Malini Hariharan

It is the results season and numbers posted so far confirm that the last quarter has been rough with depressed demand, weak product prices and firm feedstock costs affecting earnings.

Siam Cement Group’s EBITDA for the chemicals …

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Q2 setback for Korea

By Malini Hariharan

The margin pain experienced in Asia in the last quarter is clearly evident in the recently released results by South Korean majors Honam Petrochemical and LG Chem.

Honam’s operating profit for Q2 declined 36.8% from the previous …

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HSBC: Speculation Adds $30 To Oil

By Malini Hariharan

GROWTH in China and other leading economies has slowed and oil prices have slipped but analysts are predicting strong prices for the rest of 2011 and 2012. Their reasoning is based on continued speculative activity in this commodity …

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No escaping the squeeze

By Malini Hariharan

With naphtha crossing $1000/tonne yesterday Asian petrochemical producers reliant on this feedstock remain caught in a tight spot. Costs are continuously rising while market direction for key derivatives is uncertain.

Ethylene and propylene prices are holding firm …

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PX: Still going strong

By Malini Hariharan

Paraxylene (PX) markets are on a roll. Prices have risen by 20% since the beginning of the year and were assessed at around $1,620/tonne cfr Asia late last week by ICIS pricing.

One contract nomination for March …

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One more view on the cycle

By Malini Hariharan

The debate on the next petrochemical upcycle is heating up. After confident forecasts of a “supercycle” the blog is increasingly hearing more cautious assessments

Take the recent report from Credit Suisse which stresses that while conditions for …

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Saudi ethane price revision to be delayed?

By Malini Hariharan

The much talked about revision in Saudi ethane prices may not take place in 2012. In a recent report on the Middle East petrochemical sector analysts from Nomura expected the current price of $0.75/mmbtu to continue until …

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