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Saudi Arabia To Boost Oil Output

By John Richardson

SAUDI Arabia has offered its main customers in the US, Europe and Asia extra oil supplies until the end of the year as a result of concerns over the impact that expensive crude could have on the …

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Asia Faces More Asset Bubbles

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By John Richardson

RECENT action by Western central banks will result in more hot money flowing into Asia, creating further asset-price bubbles.

Last week, the Fed launched QE3 and the previous week, the European …

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Real Demand In The Real Economy

By John Richardson

THE FED’S decision to launch quantitative easing 3 (QE3), a series of open-ended steps more radical than anything it has attempted before, is bound to drive petrochemicals pricing higher, in response to the surging cost of crude.…

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Failure Of Central Bankers

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By John Richardson

THE Federal Reserve has got it badly wrong, and could compound its mistake by launching a third round of quantitative easing (QE3), warns Ruchir Sharma, head of emerging markets and global macro …

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China Investment Lowest Since 2002

By John Richardson

THE chart above indicates the extent to which polyethylene (PE) price rises over the last few weeks have failed to adequately compensate for higher feedstock costs.

Last week saw prices edge up by a further $10-40/tonne, according …

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As Oil Rises Demand Weakens

By John Richardson

A barrel of Brent crude oil cost $88.49 a barrel in June. Yesterday, it was trading at $116.55 a barrel.

In the intervening period the global economy has substantially weakened, most notably in the case of China, …

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Yuan Devaluation Needs To Be Considered

By John Richardson

The “beggar my neighbour” trade wars that many economists feared would erupt after the global financial crisis were delayed thanks to fiscal stimulus.

But now politicians will be under increasing pressure to erect trade barriers.

“We are …

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September Will Be A Cruel Month

By John Richardson

SEPTEMBER is going to be a cruel month when the West returns from the summer holiday period and the extent of damage to chemicals and polymer demand becomes more apparent.

In Asia, temporary supply constraints in polyolefins, paraxylene (PX) and …

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China And Bouncing Dead Cats

By John Richardson

Fifty per cent of the blog (John Richardson) is on leave for the next two weeks.

Next week Paul Hodges will be posting on Asian Chemical Connections. Paul runs the ICIS Chemicals & Economy blog.Then from the …

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Clinging On To Vain Hopes

By John Richardson

ANYONE clinging on to the hope that the weakness in the global polyolefin market is merely down to China going through a prolonged period of destocking could face a rude awakening.

China’s polyethylene (PE) demand was down …

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