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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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Chemicals Buying & The IEA Decision

 

By John Richardson

CHEMICALS and polymer demand looks even less likely to be supported by “buying forward” following yesterday’s decision by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to release 60m barrels of crude into the market.

Here is a bit …

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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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The Chemicals Party Is Over

By John Richardson

IT has been a fantastic party. Nobody expected that the drinks would last for so long, thanks to Wen Jiabao and Ben Bernanke working overtime to man the 24/7 off-licence (it is called “liquor store” in the States …

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Chemicals And The Removal Of The Punch Bowl

By John Richardson

LUNCH with a chemicals analyst yesterday, during the blog’s latest trip to Singapore, gave an intriguing glimpse into the world of those who invest in the chemicals industry.

“The Morgan Stanely “Supercycle” report (which the blog wrote …

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