Russian crude supply ‘peaking’
16th April 2008 by

Russia is the world’s 2nd largest oil producer. And it has been the main source of increased crude...

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Oil price volatility rises
24th March 2008 by

Volatility has been rising in the crude oil and feedstocks markets. This is because individual playe...

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US$ falls below ¥100, crude goes above $110/bbl
13th March 2008 by

The US$ had now fallen through the ¥102 level, which has held since 1995, and went straight to the ...

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Inflation worries increase in China, USA
11th March 2008 by

China announced yesterday that inflation had soared again last month, reaching 8.7%, versus the gove...

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OPEC holds production as oil prices rise
5th March 2008 by

OPEC today decided to hold oil production at current levels, even though prices are at a level which...

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China’s olefin imports surge as government subsidises gasoline/diesel demand
27th January 2008 by

China’s ethylene and propylene imports have surged in recent months, as the country has diverted n...

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2008 crude outlook
18th January 2008 by

I had the opportunity last night to learn current thinking within the oil industry on the current ou...

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Chemicals & the Economy – the first 6 months
14th December 2007 by

It is now almost 6 months since I started writing this blog. And I thought you might like some feedb...

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‘Its the price that matters’: Wal-Mart and Tesco signal a major change in consumer priorities
14th July 2007 by

Consumer attitudes have shifted sharply in recent weeks. This could have big implications for chemic...

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