Reliance-LyondellBasell talks resurface

By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)

Talk of Reliance Industries acquiring LyondellBasell is once again gaining momentum. A report in today’s Economic Times says that the company is close to announcing a major overseas …

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For Hands That Don’t Want To Do Dishes

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Buy now, pay later….

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Note: There is a special prize for the first blog reader who can explain the above headline.  

In the 2001 recession, US consumer spending slowed but did not fall, and picked up …

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A fight to the finish

By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)

The Indian government has announced 17 November as the date for a public hearing to discuss the provisional anti dumping duties that it had imposed in June on …

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Some Very Crude Perceptions

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Misleading perceptions can be very dangerous – especially when they apply to the crude-oil futures markets.

“The price has more than doubled this year partly because of the belief that the recovery in Chinese …

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Time to look inward

By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)

It pays to have a domestic focus and Reliance Industries has shown this again in its results for the first half of fiscal 2009-10.

Its petrochemicals division delivered …

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Caution is the name of the game

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By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)

Japanese chemical majors have raised their sales and profit forecasts for the second half of the fiscal year ending 31 March 2010, but the revisions are marginal and …

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More Muddle And Confusion

By John Richardson

Manufacturers yesterday reported rising output and improved employment prospects in the US, Europe and Asia.

China’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), involving a survey of more than 700 manufacturers, increased for the eighth straight month in a row …

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To Cut Rates Or Not To Cut…

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A Famous Ditherer

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Chasing higher oil prices and/or a response to the now long-running recovery in Chinese demand that’s become sustainable?

Not wanting to sound too much like the start of a famous Shakespeare soliloquy, …

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More evidence of China’s export rebound

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More evidence is emerging of the big rebound in Chinese exports resulting from government subsidies, including a Yuan now pegged to the dollar, soft and plentiful bank loans and export-tax rebates.

More than 9,000 quality …

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A fresh vote of confidence for the DCE

By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)

It helps to have a commodity bull on your side and that’s just what the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE) has succeeded in doing. Jim Rogers, the noted investment …

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