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The False Promise Of US Petrochemicals?

By John Richardson

THE remarkable shift in the competitive landscape of petrochemicals resulting from shale gas was highlighted yesterday in an excellent post by our fellow blogger, Paul Hodges.

Drawing on data from the NPRA, with analysis from the ICIS data …

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SBR under pressure on China slowdown

By Malini Hariharan

Styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) prices, which have nearly doubled over the last year, may be heading for a much needed correction.

The strength in feedstock butadiene markets and strong demand from the automotive sector have so far …

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Korea escapes from China slowdown

By Malini Hariharan

The blog has been scanning equity analyst reports of South Korean companies and has noticed that earnings expectations for the year are being revised upwards despite market uncertainties.

Companies such as S-Oil are expected to benefit from …

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Butadiene – will the good times last?

By Malini Hariharan

A question that every butadiene buyer has been asking for a long time is when will prices ease?

There are no signs yet although buyers are threatening to cut production.

Butadiene rose by more than $200/tonne last …

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The C4 challenge

By Malini Hariharan

C4 buyers are a troubled lot. Availabilty of the product is tight and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

So it was not surprising to hear that concerns about C4 supply dominated discussions at the recent …

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