ICIS Insight & Analysis: Your window on the global outlook

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The falling oil price, slower growth in China and emerging market economies, and financial market uncertainty are all impacting the performance and investment outlook. ICIS expert commentary, published on ICIS news, the ICIS Dashboard and in ICIS Chemical Business magazine, helps make sense of recent events and puts current trends into context. In the ICIS Insight & Analysis articles below, our senior editors discuss the trends that have made the fourth quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016 so difficult.

Follow these commentators regularly alongside ICIS editors worldwide on the Insight & Analysis pages of ICIS news and on ICIS Chemical Business.

INSIGHT: Heading for economic crisis - by John Richardson

The world economy is very likely on the edge of new, debt-driven economic crisis. The more that things change, the more they stay the same... More »
INSIGHT: Low oil slows second US-cracker wave - by Al Greenwood

HOUSTON (ICIS)--For all of the concern over the rapid decline in oil prices, it has brought two big benefits to polyolefins producers... More »
INSIGHT: Weak macros to pressure US chem ratings - by Joseph Chang

NEW YORK (ICIS)--The US chemical sector’s credit ratings could come under pressure on falling commodity prices, dollar strength... More »
INSIGHT: Falling oil, gas and chemicals prices take their toll at BASF - by Nigel Davis

LONDON (ICIS)--The fall in the oil price is taking its toll on earlier profit assumptions in oil, gas and petrochemicals. The chemical industry’s biggest player, BASF... More »

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Eurozone’s economy shows ‘signs of life’, Oct PMI at 10-month high

...taking the index to a 30-month high. “The eurozone economy showed renewed signs of life at the start of the fourth quarter, enjoying its strongest expansion... Mon, 24 Oct 2016

Yara share price rallies as Q3 results beat analyst expectations

...Holsether, with Bernstein expecting full details on the programme at the full year 2016 results. ($1 = NKr8.19) Additional reporting by Nurluqman Suratman... Fri, 21 Oct 2016

Asia base oil to stabilise on stronger crude after recent decline

...going forward. However, for certain grades such as brightstock, which would go through its traditional demand lull period in the fourth quarter, the outlook... Fri, 21 Oct 2016

INSIGHT: Celanese boosts engineered materials with SoFTer deal

...and thoughtful step forward in the evolution of our engineering-materials business." The deal should close in the fourth quarter. Celanese did not disclose... Thu, 20 Oct 2016

North Africa Q4 sulphur contracts roll over

...target is to get 70% [operating rates]. “We started Q4 [phosphates production] at 40% and may go up to 60-70%, so the average for Q4 will be 50%.”... Wed, 19 Oct 2016
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