Daily Chemical Reaction
Soul To Squeeze – Global Feedstock Costs Rise WoW, Few Immune But Some Much Better Positioned
- Global energy prices march higher WoW in absolute terms, while there is less upward momentum in global petrochemical prices, implying sector margin compression.
- US Natural Gas prices increased relative to Brent Crude WoW, pushing this price ratio lower, a negative development for US petrochemicals. US refinery margins rise WoW.
- We discuss the weakness in 2Q22 lithium processor margins, as spodumene values have outpaced lithium prices, and we flag US non-integrated polymer margins risk.
- We further discuss 45Q and note that methane emissions from unconventional gas are high, with most being vented rather than captured – this is expensive to remedy.
- European CO2 values hit a record high this week, and we also discuss numerous other findings ranging from takeaways from the Deere 2Q22 report to relative USD strength.
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