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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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LDPE Re-investment Case Gets Harder

By John Richardson

JUST when you thought it might have been safe to push really hard for building more low-density polyethylene (LDPE), prices have started to decline. European prices, for example, recently slipped by Euros30/tonne with Asia down by $20-50/tonne …

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Supply Constraints Should Mean A Healthy China

By John Richardson

THE extent of the weakness in China ‘s polyolefins market has become more apparent as a result of reports that a much-anticipated increase in Middle East production hasn’t happened.

Back in February, oil production in Saudi Arabia …

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Middle East Petchem Producers Feel China Slowdown

By John Richardson

MORE evidence has emerged of a slowdown in demand for polyolefins in China following the sharp decline in March imports.

The Middle East is now feeling the pinch as a result of the impact of inflation and the reduced availability of …

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Broad Commodities Retreat Hurts Chemicals

By John Richardson

WE hate to say we told you so but the 15 per cent fall in oil prices last week – the steepest one-week decline in two-and-a-half years – was evidence of growing concern over the health of …

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LyondellBasell Plans US Capacity Additions

                                Jim Gallogly

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By John Richardson

LYONDELLBASELL has joined the list of US producers that have disclosed ethylene expansion plans as a result of low-cost ethane and the belief that we are heading towards an …

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Cotton Support For Fibre Intermediates Declines

By John Richardson

RISING cotton prices might well have been the single-biggest factor on the strength in the synthetic textiles chain for the last year.

Other major factors have obviously been the surge in crude and supply constraints in both …

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Petchems Could Enjoy Abundant Naphtha

By John Richardson

THE refining industry enjoyed a golden era before the global economic crisis thanks to a booming economy and gasoline shortages caused by Hurricane Katrina. Inevitably, therefore, as is so often the case with commodity industries, too much …

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China’s Inflation Struggle

By John Richardson

LIKE the boy who cried Wolf the blog might not be believed as we once again warn about the risks ahead for China’s economy.

We have been worried for a long time that eventually China’s huge economic …

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Broad Commodities Sell-off Beckons

By John Richardson

THE blog remains extremely worried that there is about to be a major sell-off of commodities in general, including petrochemicals, as conditions right now feel very similar to those in 2008.

Whether we will face a systemic …

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