US chem shares soar with stock market

Author: Al Greenwood

2020/05/26

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-listed shares of chemical companies surged on Tuesday with the general market, amid news of another company proceeding with plans to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Most of the companies followed by ICIS rose by more than 4%, as shown in the table below.

$ Current
Price
$ Change % Change
AdvanSix 12.33 1.18 10.58
Axalta Coating Systems 23.06 1.52 7.03
Braskem 10.02 0.68 7.28
Celanese 91.20 5.72 6.69
Dow 38.73 2.61 7.21
DuPont 50.43 1.74 3.56
Eastman 68.56 3.10 4.74
HB Fuller 37.94 1.46 4.00
Huntsman 18.40 1.01 5.78
Ingevity 54.43 2.97 5.77
Kraton 16.14 1.80 12.55
Kronos Worldwide 9.27 0.42 4.75
LyondellBasell 67.61 7.19 11.90
Methanex 17.51 1.06 6.44
NewMarket 431.09 -3.45 -0.79
Olin 11.18 0.07 0.63
PolyOne 24.15 0.05 0.21
PPG 99.85 3.67 3.81
RPM International 71.49 1.71 2.45
Sherwin-Williams 583.09 5.79 1.00
Stepan 96.56 0.96 1.00
Chemours 13.34 0.89 7.15
Trinseo 21.54 0.99 4.82
Tronox 6.74 0.49 7.76
Univar 15.09 0.91 6.42
Venator Materials 1.45 0.04 2.84
Westlake Chemical 46.73 2.72 6.17

Their performance exceeded the general market, as shown in the table below.

26-May Change %
Dow Jones Industrial Average 24,995.11 529.95 2.17
S&P 500 2,991.77 36.32 1.23
Dow Jones US Chemicals Index 569.48 17.66 3.20
S&P 500 Chemicals Industry Index 574.33 17.01 3.05

Stock prices rose as after the biotech firm Novavax said it is enrolling its first participants in a phase 1/2 trial for its vaccine, NVX‑CoV2373.

Also, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) reopened its trading floor following a shutdown caused by the coronavirus.

US April new home sales rose from March.

Oil futures continued to rise, as shown in the following table.

26-May Previous %
Brent 36.17 35.53 1.80
WTI 34.35 33.25 3.31

In Europe, the majority of listed chemicals company stocks rose amid a general market rally on the back of investor hopes that countries may be starting to put the lockdown era behind them.

Many EU governments moved to ease measures around the start of the month, and the fact that the end of May is in sight without the rate of coronavirus reinfection - known as the R rate - forcing any economies back into stasis has proven heartening for investors, with stock indices continuing to climb.

In Asia, petrochemical shares rose as more countries eased coronavirus restrictions, supporting investor hopes of a global recovery in the second half of the year.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday lifted the nationwide state of emergency as the number of coronavirus cases in the country eased.

Protestors took to the streets over the weekend in Hong Kong after China proposed on 22 May a national security legislation for the former British colony. The US warned that China’s move could lead to sanctions.

Additional reporting by Tom Brown and Nurluqman Suratman

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