Buyers disappear as oil prices fall
14th May 2012 by

Petchem markets continue to fulfill their role as leading indicators for the global economy. The cha...

Cash-flow fears rise as the ‘storm’ gets nearer
7th May 2012 by

The blog fears the storm discussed last month is getting closer. Oil prices have weakened, with Bren...

Downturn Monitor approaches its anniversary
23rd April 2012 by

It is almost a year since the blog launched its IeC Downturn Monitor. The aim was to try and avoid t...

Financial markets rally on false rumour
16th April 2012 by

Last week saw yet another example of the damage being caused to financial markets by the computerise...

Markets weaken as real problems remain unsolved
9th April 2012 by

It is hard to be very optimistic about the demand outlook for Q2. Demand in Q1 was lacklustre, even ...

Oil prices near Q2 2008’s record level
2nd April 2012 by

Finally, and far too late, policy makers are waking up to the damage that today’s high oil pri...

Petchems ‘sailing towards a storm’
26th March 2012 by

Q1 should have been a strong quarter for global petchem demand: • Buyers had to restock in the New...

Financial and petchem markets differ on the outlook
19th March 2012 by

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel both“ The opening of R...

Benzene, PTA warn new downturn may be close
12th March 2012 by

As regular readers know, the blog regards benzene as an excellent leading indicator for petchem mark...

Markets wait for oil price lead
5th March 2012 by

The March IeC Boom/Gloom Index confirms the blog’s sense that markets are sitting on a fence, ...

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