Daily Chemical Reaction
- Supportive indicators for crop price strength create a positive picture of farm input demand in future periods, which we view as constructive for fertilizer and agricultural equities into 2H23.
- Global petrochemical markets continue to face oversupply amid tepid demand, and we flag the weakness in Asia ethylene prices as a risk for North America (and Europe) derivative prices.
- US natural gas and USGC ethane prices have increased WoW relative to Brent Crude and Ex-US naphtha – a trend that favors Asia producer costs and implies margin pressure for US producers.
- We discuss COP28 skepticism, critical material shortages, and fringe fuels, arguing that many energy transition constraints are not fully understood and lack adequate industry appreciation.
- The anticipated recovery in Chinese demand in 2023 has missed most targets, and we highlight the Cabot Corporate business update and multiple global market indicators supporting this view.
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