Daily Chemical Reactions

Supplying Pressure – Chemical Product Availability Indicators Rise, Commodity Margins To Struggle
October 25, 2022
Commodities Mentioned:
Plastics (PVC, PP, PE, PU, PC, PET, etc.), Clean Energy Minerals, Carbon Dioxide, Hydrogen, Natural Gas/NGLs, Crude/Naphtha
Companies Mentioned:
Covestro, Huntsman, Dow, Sherwin-Williams, ICL, BP, Archaea Energy, Westlake, Solvay, Hexcel, Alpek, Braskem, Formosa Plastics, ExxonMobil, Pinnacle Polymers, TotalEnergies, Heartland Polymers, GE, Engie, Halliburton, Liberty Energy, Vopek, Schlumberger, Uniper, Albemarle, Air Liquide, Clariant, Vulcan Energy, NextChem, Reliance, Sensient Technologies, Shell, Nucor, Ineos, Kemira, Pilbara Minerals, Domo Chemicals

Daily Chemical Reaction

Supplying Pressure – Chemical Product Availability Indicators Rise, Commodity Margins To Struggle

Key Points:

  • The recent pullback in global energy costs relative to YTD highs favors greater global chemical capacity to produce in markets already facing an oversupplied situation.
  • European natural gas prices have fallen considerably relative to US levels, and global energy prices have fallen from YTD highs. We expect a highly volatile late-year setting.
  • We highlight Covestro, Sherwin-Williams, Hexcel, and Air Liquide 3Q22 results and discuss demand and profit trends that favor specialties over commodities near term.
  • Most global government programs advocate for aggressive energy transition targets, but a lengthy permitting process remains a success-limiting factor for many policies.  
  • Container freight rates from China and the US continue to fall, the Chinese yuan has depreciated relative to the US Dollar, and global demand growth headwinds are high.

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