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Hallucinatory Effects

 

By John Richardson

THE reasons cited for last week’s global sell-off in stock markets (see the above chart of the Nikkei up until Thursday last week) were concerns over volatility in the Japanesegovernment bond market and the economic slowdown in China.

Some investors, …

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Everything Is Going To Plan

By John Richardson

So far so good – everything is going to plan.

The flash Markit/HSBC China Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for May fell to 49.6, slipping under the 50-point level demarcating expansion from contraction for the first since October last year and …

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Get Behind China

By John Richardson

THE blog is often accused of being pessimistic. We are not. We are just realistic.

It was realistic last November to anticipate that China’s new leaders would be dedicated to major economic reform. In fact, this was …

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China Hints At Yuan Depreciation

By John Richardson

LABOUR markets are tight in China and so on the surface there appears to be no great pressure on Beijing to attempt to export its way out of an unemployment crisis.

But what happens if, as we …

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Northeast Asia Confronts PVC Consolidation

By John Richardson

ASIAN higher cost polyvinyl chloride (PVC) producers are facing the twin squeeze of increased electricity costs and very competitive exports from the US, according to an industry source the blog met with in Taipei, ahead of tomorrow …

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China NPC Underlines Inflation Focus

The course of true love never runs smooth…..Happy China couples get divorced and then plan to remarry in order to avoid new property tax

Source of picture: Quirky China News/Rex Features

 

By John Richardson

China will see “large inflation pressure in …

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Nothing Has Changed In Japan

By John Richardson

THE Nikkei Index has risen by more than 30% since November (see the chart below). Earlier this week, the Nikkei was at its highest level since September 2008.

 

Global stock markets are, in general, of course, …

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US LNG Projects Up In The Air

By John Richardson

THE US petrochemicals industry is battling hard to block an explosion in liquefied natural gas (LNG) investments that they fear would result in a rise in ethane, propane and butane feedstock costs.

Andrew Liveris, CEO of Dow …

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Northeast Asian PE Margins Positive

By John Richardson

THE latest Northeast Asian high-density polyethylene (HDPE) chart from ICIS (see above) hardly suggests a tremendous increase in profitability, despite the improvement in sales volumes and sentiment in China that we first highlighted in December, and provided more …

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US Threat To Asian Polyolefins

So far so good…lack of arbitrage in 2012

By John Richardson

Despite a strong recovery in China’s polyethylene (PE) prices and sales over the last month-and-a-half, producers are viewing the coming year with great trepidation.

One of the wild cards …

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