Daily Chemical Reaction
T-R-O-U-B-L-E – Global Chemical Price Weakness Well Known, 2H23 Margin Risk Still Higher Than Most Envision
- Polymer price weakness relative to 1H23 highs is well known, and most expect a weak market in 2H23. Feedstock cost swings, such as the jump in USGC ethane WoW, are now the wild card.
- We discuss the spat between Olin and Shintech during a period of low profitability, highlight weakness in global methanol prices, and flag more weak chemical sector 2Q results and outlooks.
- US refinery margins have risen from 1H23 lows, and asset utilization rose last week to near the high end of the prior five-year range – a plus for domestic propylene and benzene production.
- We highlight several views of the ExxonMobil acquisition of Denbury but argue that the move is fairly simple – ExxonMobil is adding significant flexibility to its CO2 management capabilities.
- US Fed statistics suggest that supply chain health is high, and falling rate hike concerns amid moderating inflation put downward pressure on the US Dollar – a positive trend for US exports.
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