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Oil Supply Rising On Efficiency Gains, Govt Policy

By John Richardson

FOR most of the time from 2009 until the end of H1 2014, understanding what was going on in petrochemicals markets was pretty easy.

The price of oil was stable in the region of $100 a barrel …

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US Fed Cannot Solve Deflationary Crisis It Has Created

 

By John Richardson

ALL eyes will be on the precise detail of the statement the US Fed issues after its latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, which takes place today and tomorrow (March 17-18).

Many analysts think that …

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China’s Polyolefins Recovery On Shaky Ground

By John Richardson

CHINA’S polyolefins markets were in a muddle last week as a result of resilient offer prices for imported material versus a fall in pricing for domestic cargoes.

Domestic polyethylene (PE) prices were largely softer, but local distributors …

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Recent History Of Oil Suggests Production Will Stay High

By John Richardson

THERE is a much-broader acceptance today of the recent history of oil markets, which in summary was as follows:…

Oil and other commodities became a great way to make money for speculators at the height of the

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China’s Polyolefins Price Recovery: The Role Of Crude

By John Richardson

THE  above chart is a useful reminder of the role that crude prices has played in influencing the pricing of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) in Asia since January of last year (I have picked just two …

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Be Very Careful Of the $60-70 Oil “New Normal”

By John Richardson

THERE is an argument being made that the recent stability in oil prices will continue as crude enters a “New Normal” of $60-70 a barrel.

This type of thinking seems to have had an effect on petrochemicals …

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China Peak Steel And Chemicals Demand May Have Arrived

By John Richardson

EVERYONE involved in the iron ore business must be very worried about the recent speech by the new chairman of the China Iron & Steel Association.

“Under the ‘new normal’ China’s iron and steel consumption has already …

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Stand Back And Think: Can This Oil-Price Rally Really Last?

By John Richardson

THE talk in oil markets right now is largely about falling US rig counts and how this has resulted in tighter supply.

But it is very important to note that this focus on the rig count is …

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A Perfect World? If Only It Were So

By John Richardson

IN A perfect world everything always turns out for the best in the end.

And so quite a few people who argued that high oil prices were good for the global economy, as they said that expensive …

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Global Economy: “When Elephants Fight, The Grass Suffers”

HERE are some very disturbing statistics:…

Over the last five years, US oil and gas companies have issued bonds and taken out loans that are together worth $1.2 trillion, according to data from Dealogic. This has created at least 200,000

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