Daily Chemical Reactions

Left and Right – Chemical Prices Follow Inputs Lower, US Propylene Markets To Remain Volatile
September 23, 2022
Commodities Mentioned:
Plastics (PVC, PP, PE, PU, PC, PET, etc.), Clean Energy Minerals, Carbon Dioxide, Hydrogen, Natural Gas/NGLs, Crude/Naphtha
Companies Mentioned:
Enterprise Products, LyondellBasell, PPG, Pinnacle Polymers, Arkema, Flux Power, Talos Energy, EnVen Energy, ExxonMobil, Stabilis, Technip, Brenntag, Gujarat Alkalies, Indorama, Orion Engineered Carbons, LG Energy, Saint-Gobain, H. B. Fuller, BlackRock, Ballard, Dow, Glencore, Newmont, Lhyfe, Interzero, Rio Tinto, Shougang Group, Aramco, SK Chemicals, Solvay, Unipetrol, Schlumberger, FedEx, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Costco

Daily Chemical Reaction

Left and Right – Chemical Prices Follow Inputs Lower, US Propylene Markets To Remain Volatile

Key Points:

  • US refinery margins remain elevated and in favor of chemical production. We discuss its impact on propylene supply and why this market will likely be volatile near term.
  • We discuss the notable declines in US natural gas and NGL values WoW relative to Brent Crude and Ex-US naphtha – the trend is positive for US chemical producers.
  • US propylene contract prices will fall in September, following the spot market lower, and we discuss why we see limited upside risk in polypropylene (PP) values in 2H22.
  • US ethanol prices fell relative to RBOB gasoline WoW and ethanol margins took a step lower. We also highlight recent business updates from Flux Power and Talos Energy.
  • North American chemical rail traffic increased notably last week YoY, and YTD trends are also higher. We also discuss relevant housing and freight rate trends.

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