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Electric Feel – Clean Energy Minerals Lost Charge In July, More Likely To Recharge In 2H Than Fizzle Out
August 5, 2022
Commodities Mentioned:
Plastics (PVC, PP, PE, PU, PC, PET, etc.), Clean Energy Minerals, Carbon Dioxide, Hydrogen, Natural Gas/NGLs, Crude/Naphtha
Companies Mentioned:
Albemarle, Livent, SQM, Ganfeng Lithium, Compass Minerals, Glencore, Umicore, Freeport-McMoRan, BASF, Celanese, Dow, AdvanSix, Huntsman, Aramco, Sinopec, Energy Transfer, Cheniere, Wacker Chemie, ConocoPhillips, Targa, Cariflex, Orion Engineered Carbons, Kaman, Mitsubishi Chemical, Univar, Sabic, DSM, Plug Power, Nikola, Stellantis, Fluor, Lanxess

Daily Chemical Reaction

Electric Feel – Clean Energy Minerals Lost Charge In July, More Likely To Recharge In 2H Than Fizzle Out

Key Points:

  • Our clean energy mineral price index declined for the fourth consecutive month in July, after a period of considerable strength. We do not foresee a 2H22 collapse.  
  • US refining margins have declined from YTD highs, but domestic operating rates have moderated, and low inventories favor price (and margin) support near term.
  • Low Rhine river levels could cut production of some chemicals in Europe, such as at BASF, which we view as a likely plus for North American export prices.
  • Clean energy mineral demand growth will likely be amplified by emerging US climate policy, which will likely trigger more production growth announcements.
  • Global food prices declined in July, following crop prices lower, but as discussed in recent research, prices remain higher YoY, and most crop markets remain tight.

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