Tag Archives | South Korea

Stimulus Nonsense Raises Hopes

By John Richardson

EARNINGS estimates for South Korean petrochemical companies will have to be cut by 50 percent for the full year 2012, said an industry observer.

“It is quite clear that the first quarter was dreadful for the South …

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China Polyester Chain Weakens

By Malini Hariharan

The polyester chain is feeling the strain of poor Chinese demand.

Weak export demand and Chinese government policy are also impacting this sector, as is the case in polyolefins.

A further factor behind the problems in the polyester …

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Turning The US Story On Its Head

By John Richardson

THE big US petrochemicals story at the moment is, of course, shale gas and the potential it offers for the local industry to substantially expand capacity.

This would, in theory, give producers a strong position to export to …

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Quick recovery forecast for South Korea

By Malini Hariharan

Analysts are predicting a quick recovery for South Korean petrochemical companies after a dismal performance in the last quarter.

Honam Petrochemical’s Q4 2011 sales were down 14.7% quarter on quarter at Won3,488 bn. Operating profit declined 59.8% …

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A question of balance

By Malini Hariharan

It is not surprising to read that at a time when many producers around the world are cutting production, cost-advantaged producers in the Middle East will be maintaining operations at their polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) plants. …

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Buying resumes but will it last?

By Malini Hariharan

A spurt in polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) buying in China over the last few days has raised hopes among sellers that the market has bottomed out and prices should rise in the coming weeks.

After hand-to-mouth …

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Q2 setback for Korea

By Malini Hariharan

The margin pain experienced in Asia in the last quarter is clearly evident in the recently released results by South Korean majors Honam Petrochemical and LG Chem.

Honam’s operating profit for Q2 declined 36.8% from the previous …

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Pressure builds up as manufacturing growth slows

By Malini Hariharan

Government measures across Asia to ease inflationary pressure are finally yielding results. The latest economic indicators from China and India confirm a loss in manufacturing growth momentum which is likely to put further pressure on troubled polyolefin …

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Korea escapes from China slowdown

By Malini Hariharan

The blog has been scanning equity analyst reports of South Korean companies and has noticed that earnings expectations for the year are being revised upwards despite market uncertainties.

Companies such as S-Oil are expected to benefit from …

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A dose of caution

By Malini Hariharan

Predictions about a steady recovery in petrochemical margins from financial analysts have multiplied in recent weeks and producers too have turned bullish with many expecting to sail through 2011 without any major difficulties.

But in the midst …

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