Daily Chemical Reaction
The Walls Are Way Too Thin – 2H22 Chemical Sector Profit Faces A Mix of Structure & Foundation Issues
- US chemical production costs surged in 2Q22 relative to Ex-US levels. US polymer price weakness, amid more supply, and an unlikely quick global cost curve steepening, pose 2H22 profit headwinds beyond our demand concerns.
- We highlight pertinent energy, chemical, and other corporate updates (e.g., Occidental, BASF, LyondellBasell, ChemOne, AdvanSix, INEOS, & others).
- We discuss ESG items that range from Umicore investor day commentary to critical mineral price inflation impacting clean energy project development costs. We also flag our ESG weekly thematic research in LINK.
- We discuss numerous other pertinent chemical sector items in this report.
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