Daily Chemical Reaction
- We discuss the China polypropylene price decline MTD, highlighting more production, demand concerns, and its ability to source discounted Russian crude/feedstocks – a problem for the West.
- The severe US propylene price decline from outage-driven 1H23 highs pushed its PDH margins lower, despite weakness in domestic propane, while Asia PDH margins have moved higher MTD.
- Ford announces multiple partners to supply it with lithium amid a push to ramp EV production and following the lithium spot market collapse relative to 2022 highs to lessen supply chain risk.
- We discuss the Neom Green Hydrogen Company project reaching FID, displaying its planned green power sources and production chain that face more challenges than likely meet the eye.
- We discuss the unlikely rebound in global freight rates and shift gears to flag tepid near-term views from Lowe’s on the housing and construction market and mortgage rate strength WoW.
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