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All mixed up in the West

By Malini Hariharan

The blog has been writing about the softening in olefin and polyolefin prices in the US. But the European market presents an interesting contrast offering arbitrage opportunities for those willing to take the risk.

Operating rate reductions …

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US-Asia PP Arbirtrage Remains Uncertain

By John Richardson

THE jury is out over whether the recent decline in US propylene prices will re-open arbitrage to Asia for polypropylene (PP).

Arbitrage for ethylene has remained strong with Dow Chemical disclosing that 20% of its US production …

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China: Yet More Record Imports

By John Richardson

The extraordinary China import story continues, raising yet more questions about where all these volumes are going at a time when the government is trying to cool the economy down.

Does this mean that speculation continues apace …

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US Olefins Price Falls Could Be Turning Point

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By John Richardson

THE recent 22% and 18% falls in US spot ethylene and propylene prices might be a sign that this yeat’s price rallies have been more the result of stronger crude and petrochemicals re-stocking …

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Good Chance Of Polyolefin Trough Delay

By John Richardson

THE betting remains on trough conditions arriving for polyolefins at some point later this year with new supply expected to begin to severely lengthen markets towards the end of Q2.

A temporary buying strike in China that …

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Co-Monomer Shortage Provides LLDPE Respite

By John Richardson

AN enormous amount of new linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) output should, in theory, be destabilising Asian markets right now due to recent start-ups and increased production at plants brought on-stream last year and in early 2010.

But …

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China Polyolefins Growth Forecast To Slump

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By John Richardson

CHINA’s polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) demand growth is set for a dramatic decline in 2010-12, according to the latest estimates from Shanghai-based commodities information service CBI (see table at the end of …

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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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Polyolefins: A view from the ground

By Malini Hariharan

H2 is just two months away but one China-based market participant says that there is still a total lack of clarity on price direction for the rest of the year.

Buying activity picked up last week but …

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China Chemicals Review And Outlook

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Dear Reader

Please click here – ChinaChems2009AndOutlook.doc for my review of what happened in China last year and Q1 2010 and for some pointers for the rest of this year.

All the best

John Richardson…

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