China Chem Imports May Fall On Yuan Expectation

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As cheap as chips 

 

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By John Richardson

THE decline in the Euro has resulted in investors downgrading their expectations of a Yuan appreciation taking place over the next few months.

Last week, Yuan …

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China flexes its muscles

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By Malini Hariharan

If you are trying to find an explanation for the recent price movement in Asian polyolefin markets, a report in today’s Wall Street Journal offers some clues.

China, says the report, has been eating into some of …

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Old Assumptions Might Belatedly Change

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By John Richardson

DOOM-MONGERS are scratching their heads as to why the global petrochemicals industry has remained in such a healthy state over the past 18 months.

Old assumptions are, as a result, …

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Sinopec and Iran’s NPC Sign Investment MOU

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Out of the investment deep-freeze?

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By John Richardson

A VERY interesting story from my colleague Bee Lin Chow on ICIS news today reports the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Sinopec and Iran’s National Petrochemical …

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Unravelling China’s polyolefin numbers

By Malini Hariharan

There is some good and not so good news from China. Import and production numbers for January to April are now available and they tell an interesting story.

The good news is that Chinese demand, measured in …

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End-users Acting As Traders Influence China PE Price Correction

By John Richardson

LAST week’s sharp decline in polyethylene (PE) pricing in China is being partly blamed on converters who occasionally act as traders liquidating their raw-material inventories.

Trading activity by end-users can account for more than 10% of total …

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Petchem stocks attract buying interest

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By Malini Hariharan

Is this the right time to buy petrochemical stocks? Asian equity analysts are having a tough time answering this question being posed by portfolio managers across the region.

They are seeing a ‘mini downcycle’ emerging with a …

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Financial Sector Fear Looms Large

By John Richardson

WE will explore the following issues in a lot more detail over the coming days, assuming that the crude and financial market turmoil continues.

But for now here follows the interpretation of the crisis from a source with …

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Price slide intensifies

By Malini Hariharan

The weakness in Asian markets is spreading with steep drops also being reported in olefin prices.

Ethylene prices dropped by $160-170/tonnes last week while propylene declined $90-110/tonne, writes my colleague Soo Hwee, ICIS pricing editor for olefins.…

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Chemicals Face More Financial Sector Damage

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Greed definitely not good for chemicals….

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By John Richardson

THE chemicals industry is once again confronting the risk of being badly damaged by the ever-more interconnected oil, other hard commodity, currency and equity markets.

As …

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