In this week's issue of ICIS Chemical Business:
March 25-April 7, 2013

Cover story

Market intelligence: China polyethylene sentiment shifts downward

What a difference three months can make. Back in December 2012, polyethylene (PE) traders were reportedly stocking up "like crazy" in anticipation of a bumper year in the Chinese market.

The assumption was that the economic recovery of late 2012 and January 2013, which was the result of perhaps politically motivated stimulus spending, would continue throughout this year.

 But, as one Singapore trader describes, the outlook has radically shifted.



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