The Weekly Catalyst

Global Chemical Update – US Prices Need Ex-US Cost Support
November 27, 2023
Companies Mentioned:
LyondellBasell, Dow, Nova Chemicals, ExxonMobil, Westlake, Shin-Etsu, Formosa Plastics, Oxy, Baystar, Braskem
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Report Sections:
Feedstocks & Energy, Global Ethylene Cracker, Spot Profit Analysis, Ethylene & Propylene, Price Trends, Polyethylene Review, Other Relevant Global Polymer Trends, Other Relevant Global Chemical Trends, Global Chemical Data Sheets, Flow Charts & Other Ancillary Data

The Weekly Catalyst

Global Chemical Update – US Prices Need Ex-US Cost Support

Key Points:

  • We remain more confident in the slope of the global chemical cost curve and supply improvement staying in favor of current low-cost producers in 1H24 than in a global demand uptick lifting all regions.
  • North American petrochemical producers enjoy a sizable production cost advantage relative to Asia and NW Europe, and we discuss Ex-US naphtha rising to a 2H23 high last week compared to US ethane.  
  • Higher Ex-US prices will likely prove more supportive of US PVC prices in the near-to-medium term than US PP, whose domestic price is higher and has recently risen relative to NW Europe and Asia.

Exhibit #1 – Chart of the day: Ex-US polyethylene (PE) production cost trends are helping support US PE prices.

Source: Bloomberg, C-MACC Analysis, November 2023


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