Daily Chemical Reaction
- We discuss the continued push among specialty chemical producers to recapture margins and more global announcements of strategic repositioning among producers.
- We highlight much tighter conditions in the US Diesel market relative to the Gasoline market and flag the risk of the Diesel market adding to consumer inflation pressures.
- BASF has telegraphed concerns for its European business since the Ukraine/Russia conflict started. We discuss its European downsizing and other producer 3Q releases.
- We discuss challenges in Europe to aggressively shift its mix to renewables from fossil fuel-based power and see exorbitant costs as an issue for some recycling initiatives.
- We remain concerned that the better auto market – referenced by BASF in China and GM – could be a flash in the pan, and we flag US mortgage rates at a new YTD high.
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