The Weekly Catalyst

More Unstable Price Distortions – Global Chemical Update
August 31, 2020
Companies Mentioned:
Dow, CP Chem, LyondellBasell, ExxonMobil, Methanex, Natgasoline, SCC, Mitsui, Celanese
Commodities Mentioned:
Report Sections:
Feedstocks & Energy, Global Ethylene Cracker, Spot Profit Analysis, Ethylene & Propylene, Price Trends, Polyethylene Review, Other Relevant Global Polymer Trends, Other Relevant Global Chemical Trends, Global Chemical Data Sheets, Flow Charts & Other Ancillary Data

The Weekly Catalyst


Global Chemical Update – More Unstable Price Distortions


Key Points:

  • USGC spot petrochemical values rose WoW on avg. relative to overseas markets partly on the back of Hurricane Laura – export economics suggest that this domestic strength will quickly reverse
  • Other items of note: a) US HDPE prices hit a 2yr. high relative to avg. Asia levels; b) global methanol prices rise WoW, but US values rise relative to Asia and US natural gas costs outpace methanol price increases – a negative for US producers; and c) we highlight our cost-curve exhibits in Ex. 14, 15, 46 & 47.  

 See PDF below for all charts and tables 

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