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Butadiene Market Standoff

By Malini Hariharan

Just days after a recovery in butadiene prices, downstream synthetic rubber producers are once again threatening to cut production as weak demand has pushed them in to a tight corner.

Asian major Korea Kumho Petrochemical is looking at …

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North America’s Oil and Gas Potential

By Malini Hariharan

The energy landscape in North America is rapidly changing. After shale gas the focus has shifted to rising oil production from various unconventional sources, which has prompted some commentators to predict that the region will regain its …

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Oil demand set to slip, will prices follow?

By Malini Hariharan

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has once again trimmed its oil demand forecast for 2011. And rising fears of a sustained global economic slowdown have also prompted the agency to cut the forecast for 2012.

The IEA …

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Yet another week of price corrections

By Malini Hariharan

Asian petrochemical markets continue to face downward pressure on concerns about the health of the global economy. Market sentiment for most products remains poor with buyers in no rush to resume purchases.

Polyolefin markets closed last week …

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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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HSBC: Speculation Adds $30 To Oil

By Malini Hariharan

GROWTH in China and other leading economies has slowed and oil prices have slipped but analysts are predicting strong prices for the rest of 2011 and 2012. Their reasoning is based on continued speculative activity in this commodity …

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Pulled in all directions

By Malini Hariharan

Asian polyolefin producers face a difficult time with markets being pulled in different directions. Feedstock costs have steadily moved up at a time when downstream demand and price direction remains uncertain.

Political upheaval in Libya and Bahrain …

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Crude firm but naphtha under pressure

By Malini Hariharan

Asian naphtha prices, which were expected to remain firm this quarter, have come under pressure as large volumes of European material are heading towards this region.

Naphtha was trading at around $885/tonne cfr Japan last evening supported …

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Are you feeling the pinch?

By Malini Hariharan

With crude oil at around $88/bbl and naphtha hitting $890/tonne cfr Japan on Monday, the pressure is building up along the olefins chain.

Ethylene is trading at around $1200/tonne cfr NEA while propylene is at $1280/tonne cfr …

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China Economic Hype And Crude Oil

Let’s catch the bus from now on….

 Source of picture: hybridcars.com

 

By John Richardson

THE blog has long been worried about the difficulty, probably the impossibility, of accurately measuring real Chinese growth.

And it gets harder as the country …

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