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Higher Chemical Prices Rely On Higher Energy Costs In 2024, Rare Earth & Critical Mineral Markets Notably Rely On China    
December 21, 2023
Commodities Mentioned:
Plastics (PVC, PP, PE, PU, PC, PET, etc.), Clean Energy Minerals, Carbon Dioxide, Hydrogen, Natural Gas/NGLs, Crude/Naphtha
Companies Mentioned:
PQ, OMV, BASF, Harbour Energy, Wintershall DEA, Technip Energies, Brenntag, Allkem, Livent, Pinnacle Minerals, Norsk e-Fuel, Sika, Petronas Chemicals, Denka, SK Ecoplant, Idemitsu Kosan, PetroChina, Petro Rabigh, Stolt-Nielsen, Orsted, TotalEnergies, Royal Helium, Sinopec, Mitsui Chemicals, Gary Plastic, Samyang, Sibur, SK-Ecoplant, Ube, Tellurian, PureCycle, Origin Materials, Avangrid, Turning Point Energy, Ecolab, Next2Sun, Brenmiller Energy, Soluna, Apogee Enterprises

Daily Chemical Reaction

Higher Chemical Prices Rely On Higher Energy Costs In 2024, Rare Earth & Critical Mineral Markets Notably Rely On China

Key Points

  • The price of manufactured goods in the US faces downward pressure into year-end amid lower global input costs – crude oil price strength is a likely requirement for notable price hikes in 1H24.
  • Global petrochemical production costs have significantly declined with lower crude oil and natural gas prices since 3Q23, favoring lower chemical prices in most chains at year-end 2023.
  • China is a key cause of global chemical sector oversupply, but it strategically moves to tighten Western refined and processed rare earth markets that could challenge many net-zero targets.
  • We discuss the improved energy setting for Europe in 4Q23, given its natural gas prices have fallen relative to the US. However, this price spread remains well above mid-year 2023 levels.
  • North American rail traffic strengthened WoW, with chemical volume showing notable gains due to its ability to export its cost advantage, while farm product volume seasonally weakened.

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