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January 13, 2016

During the week ended 9 January, chemical railcar traffic in North America increased 4.8% year-over-year (YOY) on gains in the US and Canada. Loadings during the week totaled 44,669 carloads, up 3.2% from the previous week, according to data released on 13 January by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

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January 8, 2016
Forecasts call for global growth to continue on a modest path. US growth is improving and expected to average more than 4%/year through 2020 (below), while Asia moderates on weakening growth in China (p. 18). European growth will continue to be sluggish (p. 19), weakness in Brazil weighs on prospects in Latin America (p. 20), and cheap oil is is putting the brakes on Mideast investment (p. 21). A review of markets and finance follows (p. 22)....
January 6, 2016
US aromatics continued to see downward pressure from falling energy prices as near-month crude futures on Wednesday fell to an 11-year low. The decline was mostly due to continued...
January 6, 2016
During the week ended 2 January, chemical railcar traffic in North America totaled 40,999 carloads, up 13.2% from the previous week, but down 0.5% year-over-year (YOY) on declines in Canada....
January 4, 2016
The US January benzene contract was confirmed on Monday to have settled at $2.12 per gallon, effective 1 January, a decline of 18 cts/gal from December and the first monthly decline in three months....
December 22, 2015
ACC’s chemical activity barometer (CAB) was up 0.2% sequentially on a three-month moving average (3MMA) during December and up 1.5% year-on-year (YOY) on a 3MMA. The...
December 18, 2015
Chemours, Huntsman, and Tronox have announced global price increases for on all grades of titanium dioxide (TiO2), effective 1 January. Chemours and Tronox both announced a global increase of $150/m.t. Huntsman announced increases of 7 cts/lb ($154/m.t.) in North America; €150/m.t. or $160/m.t. in Europe; and $160/m.t. elsewhere...
December 16, 2015
During the week ended 12 December, chemical railcar traffic in North America totaled 41,699 carloads, down 3.6% year-over-year (YOY) and 5.5% from the previous week, according to data released on 16 December by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). For the year to date, chemical railcar traffic in North America is flat, versus a 5.2% decrease in all railcar traffic, according to the AAR....
December 16, 2015
The United States chemical sector grew by 3.6% this year despite the strong US dollar and weakness in key export markets, says the American Chemistry Council (ACC), which today released its "Year-End 2015 Chemical Industry Situation and Outlook". The ACC expects growth to slow modestly in 2016, but forecasts average annual growth of over 4% through 2020, exceeding the estimated 2.6%. growth in GDP....
December 9, 2015

During the week ended 5 December, chemical railcar traffic in North America increased 0.5% year-on-year on gains in Canada. Chemical railcar traffic during the week totaled 44,123 carloads, up 15% from the previous week on a surge in the United States, according to data released on 9 December by the Association of American Railroads.

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December 8, 2015
US prices for toluene and mixed xylenes (MX) could soften next year, in part because the new Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for 2016, which requires a greater amount of ethanol in the US gasoline pool, reducing demand for other high octane blendstock such as toluene and MX. However, most of the pressure is expected to come from increased imports of toluene, MX, and paraxylene....
December 8, 2015
US ethylene spot prices fell to a seven-year low on Monday, pushed down by healthy ethylene rates and downstream production issues. December ethylene traded on Monday at 17.75 cts/lb, down from 19.75–20.00 cts/lb the previous session. Monday's deal is the first time prompt ethylene traded below 18 cts/lb since December 2008....
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