Daily Chemical Reaction
- The global petrochemical production cost curve favors US producers, but lower prices and higher costs to still drive margin compression for most in 2H22.
- Ex-US naphtha prices reflect a multi-year low discount relative to Brent Crude, while USGC ethane now reflects a multi-year low premium relative to USGC natural gas.
- European production woes and logistic issues favor price support in the region, which is a modest plus for tighter global chemical markets and US export prices.
- We discuss lower 45Q qualifying limit benefits proposed in the inflation reduction act and critique hydrogen use for power relative to other sources.
- US consumers are paying more for fewer items at Home Depot while seeking more discount items at Walmart. Our 2H22 demand concerns remain high.
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