Chemicals Buying & The IEA Decision

 

By John Richardson

CHEMICALS and polymer demand looks even less likely to be supported by “buying forward” following yesterday’s decision by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to release 60m barrels of crude into the market.

Here is a bit …

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Chemicals “Spin” Will Continue

By John Richardson

THE reluctance of sell-side chemicals analysts to downgrade their forecasts should be severely tested by the Federal Reserve’s decision to downgrade its outlook for the US economy.

US GDP growth will now be only 2.7-2.9% in 2011 …

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Saudi Arabia’s energy challenge

By Malini Hariharan

Saudi Arabia’s growing oil demand is rapidly becoming a matter of concern for the country’s planners. A new report forecasts that the Kingdom could fail to meet domestic demand in 2030 if current consumption trends are maintained. …

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US Olefins, Polyolefins In Denial

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By John Richardson

THE majority of financial analysts seem to be clinging on to the hope that the recovery in petrochemicals demand from China is about to happen.

This doesn’t just apply to our industry. Analysts across many sectors …

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Chemical Shares Fall From “Buzz Mountain” Summit

By John Richardson

CHEMICAL share prices have surged to the top of what one industry observer calls “buzz mountain” during the last six months.

The buzz has been centred on the supercycle theory which holds that recent corrections in commodity …

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Misplaced Faith In China Recovery

By John Richardson

WEAKER domestic consumption-growth in China represents a major challenge to the argument that global petrochemicals demand, and therefore pricing, will see a strong recovery during 2011.

Price declines continued last week with low-density polyethylene (LDPE) down a …

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India polymers slide once again

By Malini Hariharan

The messenger’s prediction has turned out to be correct. Indian polymer producers have been forced to reduce domestic prices to match levels seen in the wider Asian market.

The week started with a downward revision to polypropylene …

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Banking on gas

By Malini Hariharan

Is the International Energy Agency (IEA) being extremely bullish in predicting a ‘golden age’ for natural gas over the next 25 years?

In a recently released report (available here) the IEA forecasts a 55% growth in global …

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Petro Rabigh phase 2 and Aramco’s ambition

By Malini Hariharan

Petro Rabigh, the Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical joint venture, has moved to the next round of its ambitious phase 2 expansion which includes a new aromatics facility and a number of value-added derivatives.

Construction tenders for …

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Ethylene And PE Markets Decline Continues

By John Richardson

THE decline in Asian and European ethylene and polyethylene (PE) markets continued last week with no sign of the recovery that producers still hope will take place by end-June at the latest.

Asian ethylene prices slipped by …

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