ICIS Insight & Analysis: Your window on the global outlook

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The falling oil price, slower growth in China and emerging market economies, and financial market uncertainty are all impacting the performance and investment outlook. ICIS expert commentary, published on ICIS news, the ICIS Dashboard and in ICIS Chemical Business magazine, helps make sense of recent events and puts current trends into context. In the ICIS Insight & Analysis articles below, our senior editors discuss the trends that have made the fourth quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016 so difficult.

Follow these commentators regularly alongside ICIS editors worldwide on the Insight & Analysis pages of ICIS news and on ICIS Chemical Business.


INSIGHT: Heading for economic crisis - by John Richardson

The world economy is very likely on the edge of new, debt-driven economic crisis. The more that things change, the more they stay the same... More »
INSIGHT: Low oil slows second US-cracker wave - by Al Greenwood

HOUSTON (ICIS)--For all of the concern over the rapid decline in oil prices, it has brought two big benefits to polyolefins producers... More »
INSIGHT: Weak macros to pressure US chem ratings - by Joseph Chang

NEW YORK (ICIS)--The US chemical sector’s credit ratings could come under pressure on falling commodity prices, dollar strength... More »
INSIGHT: Falling oil, gas and chemicals prices take their toll at BASF - by Nigel Davis

LONDON (ICIS)--The fall in the oil price is taking its toll on earlier profit assumptions in oil, gas and petrochemicals. The chemical industry’s biggest player, BASF... More »

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Market Outlook: Global polyolefins outlook driven by supply/demand dynamics and China policies

Getty Images ICIS forecasts growth in polyolefins consumption in Europe in 2017 and 2018, making continuity of supply a key issue for... Thu, 16 Nov 2017

Malaysia's PETRONAS Chemicals 2017 profit growth seen at 35-41%

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--PETRONAS Chemicals Group’s (PCG) full-year net profit is expected to post a strong double-digit growth to a record high, largely... Wed, 15 Nov 2017

Spain sees record number of Peru LNG cargoes in 2017

Spain has this year been the main destination for Peruvian LNG volume, receiving almost two-thirds of the cargoes exported by the South American... Tue, 14 Nov 2017

Crude oil at $60/bbl not the ‘new normal’ - IEA

LONDON (ICIS)--Recent gains in crude oil values, which have put prices at plus $60/bbl, may not last if the factors driving price rises – namely,... Tue, 14 Nov 2017

Global urea momentum unlikely to be sustained - US Cowen

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Although the global nitrogen market has seen increased momentum that has propelled US barge pricing and warehouse levels, research... Wed, 08 Nov 2017
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