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Broad Commodities Sell-Off Threatens Petrochemicals

By John Richardson

IRON ore prices are now down by nearly 40% so far this year to a level not seen since September 2009.

As for crude oil, Brent has now dipped below $100 per barrel, for the first time …

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China Iron Ore Stocks Can Build 1,200 Empire State Buildings

By John Richardson

CHINA’S commodity imports boom was, of course, mainly down to the rise its middle class as hundreds of millions more of its citizens became rich enough to buy a refrigerator, a TV and a car for the …

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China’s Polypropylene Imports: The Balance Of Probabilities

CHINA’S polypropylene (PP) imports increased by 11.3% in January-April of this year compared with the same period in 2013, according to the latest available China customs data.

There could be lots of reasons for this. One reason might be that …

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Australia: Nice Work If You Were Able To Get It

By John Richardson

BACK in the late 1990s, the blog held a discussion with an Australian petrochemicals industry executive. He described his country’s approach to free trade, or rather the lack of it, as “to put it politely, naïve, and …

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Irrationality And Staying Solvency

By John Richardson

JOHN Maynard Keynes, the famous economist and speculator ,  once said “the market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.”

In other words, if you are a trader you can sit around for ages waiting …

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Adjusting Inventories To Lower China Growth

By John Richardson

EXCESSIVE inventory building across a range of commodities in China, including  petrochemicals, continues to worry the blog.

One reason, as we discussed yesterday, might be that traders are in the midst of a liquidity squeeze as a …

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China Commodities Rally About Protecting Existing Debt

By John Richardson

OVER the last few days we have focused on the increased risk-on trade in commodities, including petrochemicals.

But maybe the rallies we have seen  in products such as fibre intermediates and polyethylene (PE)  are mainly about traders …

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China Export And Import Data May Obscure The Real Picture

By John Richardson

CONFUSED? Perhaps, as was definitely the case last Friday, you shouldn’t be.

The thrilled reaction of financial markets to the release of China’s July export and import data needs to be put into the context of it …

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China To Grow at 3 Percent

By John Richardson

THE possibility that China’s economy may not expand as rapidly in the future as in the past is never discussed in public by resources-company CEOs, said an Australian-based stockbroker.

His comments ring true for petrochemicals, also. The …

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Commodity Stockpiles A Risky Bet

 

By John Richardson

Inventories of copper, aluminium, lead and nickel have risen as prices for all these commodities have also surged, says this article in The Economist.

 

Source of graph: The Economists

 

Copper stocks total half a …

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