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Updated to Q3 2019
The brief flurry of demand for export to the US just before the start of the third quarter is likely to ease off as tight supply there becomes more balanced. Overall production rates in Europe should largely return to normal with the ending of the peak maintenance period, although a couple of turnarounds are scheduled during this period. August is traditionally slightly quieter, so supply is not expected to be under any real constraint, provided production runs as planned.
Demand in July should pick up slightly on production along the chain before returning to normal. August buying interest is likely to dip owing to the summer holiday period; albeit not by the amount that has been seen in previous years as those historic buying patterns are now less pronounced. September should see a bit of an uptick again once holidays come to an end and as end-use markets ramp up ahead of the colder, slower fourth
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It’s a key chemical market that goes into different applications. We speak to buyers, sellers, traders everyone that’s involved really, to get a complete picture of what’s happening in the market.
But it’s not just prices, we also try and gauge sentiment and what’s pulling the market one way or another at any given time. So it could be volatility with crude prices or even the wider economic factors that are happening at the time.
Also we have to look at the different regions, because it’s very much a global market, so we try and see if the material is being pulled in one region or its leaving another.
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