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October 21, 2008

Naphtha prices edge up in tandem with stronger crude but frenzied madness drives toluene down $100/m.t. in a single day


October 20, 2008
Ethylene prices have fallen sharply in Asia in recent weeks, largely due to decreasing Asian naphtha prices and tumbling international crude oil prices. Asia’s ethylene producers...
October 20, 2008
Lanxess says it will increase leather chemical prices worldwide on October 1. The increase will vary depending on region, Lanxess says. • Rohm and Haas says it raised home and...
October 20, 2008
Oil and naphtha price volatility has resurrected the debate over Europe’s quarterly contract pricing system for olefins, and whether a monthly pricing mechanism would be more...
October 20, 2008
Raw material and energy-related cost increases are continuing to outpace cost-reduction programs and diminish the profitability of the titanium dioxide (TiO2) business. TiO2 producers...
October 20, 2008
Price declines in global petrochemical markets were sizable over the past week, exceeding 20% in some cases, as economic uncertainty and fear of a worldwide recession kept buyers away...
October 13, 2008
Our running tab of positive indicators remains at six out of 20 this week. As a result, we continue to post a red banner....
October 6, 2008

Our running tab of positive indicators fell by 2 to 6 out of 20

this week. As a result, we are now posting a red banner.


October 3, 2008
The Weak European and U.S. economies, high raw material costs, and a sustained slump in the U.S. automotive and housing and construction markets are hurting many players in the...
October 3, 2008
Perstorp says it will boost hexamethylene di-isocyanate and isophore di-isocyanate monomers and derivatives prices by 10%-15%, effective October 15 or as contracts allow • Bayer...
October 3, 2008
Chemical producers are scrambling to raise prices and protect margins, but more responsive price mechanisms are needed, especially in an environment of slowing demand growth, Ed...
October 3, 2008
FMC, Church & Dwight (C&D), and Solvay Chemicals have each increased sodium bicarbonate prices, citing rising costs. FMC says it will increase list and off-list prices for all...
September 29, 2008
Our running tab of positive indicators fell by one to eight out of 20 this week. As a result, we continue to post a yellow banner, though it will likely turn to red following next...
September 26, 2008
About half of the most recently announced caustic soda contract price increase of $115-$135/ton in North America has taken hold, raising contract prices to $950-$960/ton, market...
September 26, 2008
Despite a spike in crude oil prices and low operating rates at Gulf Coast crackers hit by recent hurricanes, U.S. spot ethylene prices lost a penny last week, a testament to how weak...
September 22, 2008
Air Products says it will increase schedule pricing on liquid oxygen and liquid nitrogen by 8%, liquid argon and liquid and bulk hydrogen by 12%, and liquid and bulk helium by 15%-30%...
September 22, 2008
An unprecedented run-up in feedstock and energy costs coupled with a worsening global economic slowdown, has dogged the European petrochemical industry in what should have been its...
September 22, 2008
Our running tab of positive indicators slipped (by two) to nine out of 20 this week. As a result, we continue to post a yellow banner.   Consumer Prices ↓ 0.1%; ↑ 5.4%...
September 19, 2008
The Chinese government has increased its export tax on urea from 135%, to 175%-185% for the rest of 2008, PotashCorp says. The increase is expected to reduce Chinese export supplies...
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