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Trading Places – Myriad Headwinds Face Chemical Sector Equities In 2023, Relative Trades In Focus
December 30, 2022
Commodities Mentioned:
Plastics (PVC, PP, PE, PU, PC, PET, etc.), Clean Energy Minerals, Carbon Dioxide, Hydrogen, Natural Gas/NGLs, Crude/Naphtha
Companies Mentioned:
PPG, Sherwin-Williams, DuPont, Lanxess, Trinseo, Huntsman, Nova Chemicals, Dow, LSB Industries, Bloom Energy, Oneok, Venture Global, Evonik, Sabo, Engel, EDF Renewables, PhosAgro, Black & Veatch, BYD, Tesla, ABC Technologies, Westlake, Orbia, Oxy, Shintech, Formosa Plastics, Olin, Graco, Amazon, Home Depot, FedEx, TC Energy, Suncor Energy, TPC Group, LyondellBasell, Goodyear, Kraton

Daily Chemical Reaction

Trading Places – Myriad Headwinds Face Chemical Sector Equities In 2023, Relative Trades In Focus

Key Points:

  • Deteriorating consumer health and falling concern with chemical supply will hinder chemical sector equity performance in 1H23 – relative sub-sector bright spots exist.
  • Specialty chemical equities underperformed, and Fertilizer & Agricultural Chemical equities significantly outperformed in 2022 – different challenges face them in 2023.
  • Chemical operating rates have come under pressure globally in late 2022, and we discuss spot market trends that paint a relatively constructive view of US Chlor-vinyls.
  • We discuss the cost inflation seen in most clean energy projects in 2022, adding to views in our ESG weekly, A Spending Spree in ‘23 – But Profitable? Selectively Maybe.
  • We discuss the significant strength in the US mortgage rates and the US Dollar in 2022, flag North American rail traffic trends, and the 4Q22 drop in West Coast port activity.

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