Daily Chemical Reaction
Hell Of A View – US PVC Price Discounts Relative to Europe And Asia Have Risen, Limiting Downside Risk
- US integrated polymer producers face falling prices and higher costs in 2H22. We discuss the collapse in US PVC prices (and margins) and why our medium-term view is constructive.
- Global natural gas prices continue to surge, led by strength in NW Europe, though there is much less strength in crude oil markets – a negative trend for the US petrochemical cost advantage.
- We highlight a few takeaways from the Ineos 2Q22 report and that we foresee sector profit expectation cuts ahead. We also discuss why base metal prices have recently found support.
- We further the discussion from our recent research focused on the risk that government funds to spur the energy transition are likely to be misspent as more long-shot projects seek support.
- China freight rates to the US East and West Coasts declined further WoW, suggesting lower US import product costs. We also highlight Euro weakness WoW relative to the USD.
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