Daily Chemical Reaction
- Global polymer prices fell WoW, with US and European values falling more on average than Asia – we discuss this trend alongside Asia production costs and rising India polymer imports.
- NW European and Asia natural gas prices have fallen considerably relative to US levels in 1H23, and the recent drop in US shale/fracking activity suggests US market price support near term.
- We highlight the record level of India plastic imports, compare US Ethylene and Chlor-alkali production costs to NW Europe, and flag QoQ growth in NW Europe chemical production.
- We discuss the Bunge and Nutrien partnership in agriculture supply-chain sustainability, GHG emissions from the agriculture sector relative to other emitters, and a recent UN plastics report.
- Target reports consumer demand headwinds, while T.J. Maxx has a better view, which suggests US retail spending headwinds in some areas amid a shift toward discounted products.
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