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More Than A Feeling – Supply Chains Reeling, Prices Squealing & Profit Healing In Quarantine
August 13, 2020
Commodities Mentioned:
Brent Crude, Naphtha, Natural Gas, Ethane, Ethylene, Propylene, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Polyvinyl Chloride, MTBE, Glycols, Acetone, PTA
Companies Mentioned:
Lanxess, Momentive Performance Materials, Indorama Ventures, Mitsui Chemicals, Phillips 66, ExxonMobil, Dow, Celanese, Axalta, DuPont, Intertape Polymer Group, Shell, LG Chem, Westlake, LyondellBasell, Formosa

Daily Chemical Reaction

 

More Than A Feeling – Supply Chains Reeling, Prices Squealing & Profit Healing In Quarantine

 
Key Points:
  • Our takeaways from news flow overnight is that global commodity supply chains are broadly “out of balance” in a period where demand is facing stiffer than expected recovery conditions in many areas – we take a cautious view of margin trends (especially, relative to expectations set mid-July) into year-end.
  • We discuss takeaways from 2Q reports (e.g. Lanxess, Indorama Ventures, Mitsui Chemicals, & Intertape Polymers), and highlight the push among some to shift their portfolios from “mass to class” (Lanxess, Momentive).
  • Other items worth note today range from our discussion of the US refining sector that is under intense restructuring, to evidence of more Asian supply ahead and US gov’t stimulus likely ringing favorably for plastics demand.

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