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Riders On The Storm – Sept. US Polymer Price Hikes Find Support, Mattress Sales Spring
September 15, 2020
Commodities Mentioned:
Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Polyurethanes, Chlorine, Epichlorohydrin, Caustic Soda, Paraxylene, Benzene, Oxo-Alcohols
Companies Mentioned:
CP Chem, Chemours, Olin, Tronox, Venator, Westlake, Shintech, OxyChem, Formosa, Dow, LyondellBasell, ExxonMobil, Pinnacle Polymers, Braskem, CITGO, Lotte Chemical, OQ Chemicals, Rohm, Sumitomo Chemical, Tempur Sealy, Casper, Covestro, BASF, Huntsman, Tosoh, Wanhua

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Riders On The Storm – Sept. US Polymer Price Hikes Find Support, Mattress Sales Spring

 

Key Points:

  • We discuss US chemical production assets in Mississippi/Alabama that are in the path of Hurricane Sally and findings that suggest more storm activity ahead which we view as a plus for September US polymer contract price hikes. We continue to see more lasting support in PVC values relative to PE and PP, but there is clearly potential support for PE and PP for a bit longer.  
  • We note recent updates from mattress and home product producers, such as Temper Sealy and Casper, that ring positive for urethane producers, such as Covestro, BASF, Dow, Tosoh, Huntsman and Wanhua.
  • Other items worth note today range from more corporate items (e.g. Dow, Lanxess, OQ Chemicals, Sumitomo Chemical, etc.), to several global chemical capacity/project updates, to notable rail logistic constraints in the western US.

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