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Europe Markets Lure Asian Polyolefins

By John Richardson

EXACTLY the same scenario is playing out in European polyolefin markets, as in Latin America and possibly the US, my ICIS colleague Linda Naylor reported last Friday.

High polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) prices in Europe have …

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Pricing To Struggle For The Rest of 2012

By John Richardson

Further confirmation of the themes we raised yesterday emerged from an interview with a senior polyolefin industry source, with some important new analysis.

Profitability in Asia is the worst of any of the three regions, he told …

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Confidence Is Often Relative

By John Richardson

CONFIDENCE can be very relative. So, compared with late Q4 last year when global cracker and derivatives markets ground to a virtual halt, perhaps it was inevitable that January would see some kind of rebound in the …

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Seeing Through The Smokescreens

By John Richardson

CHEMICALS traders and the financial community, quite obviously, benefit enormously from volatility.

Thus we have seen certain chemicals markets being talked-up by the trading community on the basis that the post-Lunar New Year period will see a …

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Placing Faith In Politicians

By John Richardson

THE public mood of last week’s Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) conference in Dubai was resolutely optimistic.

But in the corridors, the dining rooms and the coffee bars of the conference hotel, the mood was radically …

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Everywhere You Turn…..

By John Richardson

It really is unrelentingly depressing, even though we hear that a few investors in chemicals stocks are clinging-on to the hope that provided everyone maintains tight production, demand will recover very strongly in Q1 of next year.…

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Chemicals Companies Sleepwalking Into 2012

By John Richardson

CHEMICALS companies appear to be sleepwalking into a crisis as bad as 2008 because they have sacked their in-house economists and take what they want to hear from official bodies such as the Federal Reserve, the International Monetary …

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European Petchems: A Great Year For Some

By John Richardsn

A brilliant seven months or a collapse in average profitability to its lowest level since end-2009 are two radically different takes on the fortunes of European petrochemicals so far this year.

The description of a brilliant January-to-August …

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The Fear Factor Dominates

By John Richardson

EVERYWHERE you turn it is bad as fear over the future dominates the mood of polyolefin producers and buyers.

Aversion to risk seems to have increased because of the concern that this could be September 2008 all …

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Polyolefins At A Tipping Point

By John Richardson

EUROPEAN polyolefin markets are at one of those fascinating tipping points following the recent price recovery.

Ethylene spot prices rebounded late last week with July sales much better than those in June, wrote Nel Weddle, European ICIS pricing …

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