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February 10, 2016
Chemical railcar traffic in North America continues to hold up, despite steep year-over-year (YOY) declines in overall railcar traffic. During the week ended 6 February, chemical railcar traffic totaled 42,563 carloads, according to data released on 10 February by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Although the figure represented a decline of 4.6% from the previous week and 2.8% YOY, the volume year-to-date declined only 0.6%, versus a 14.0% decrease in all railcar traffic....
February 9, 2016
US benzene imports and exports in December 2015 were down, according to data from Global Trade Information Services (GTIS)....
February 3, 2016
During the week ended 30 January, chemical railcar traffic in North America increased 0.2% year-on-year as a gain in the United States offset a decline in Canada. Volume totaled 44,595 carloads, up 8.5% from the previous week, according to data the Association of American Railroads released on 3 February. For the year to date, chemical railcar traffic in North America is flat versus a 15% decrease in all railcar traffic....
February 2, 2016
The government of Alberta is seeking to attract petrochemical investment to the province via the government's Petrochemicals Diversification Program. The program is intended to...
February 1, 2016
Sinopec’s output of the major petrochemical products increased in 2015, the company has announced. In its unaudited report, Sinopec says its production of ethylene rose 3.9%, to...
January 28, 2016
US aromatics spot prices on Wednesday saw little movement as domestic crude inventory rose to its highest level on record, and NYMEX WTI crude futures firmed. US crude and gasoline inventory were both higher for the week that ended on 22 January, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) earlier in the day....
January 11, 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)....
September 25, 2015
ACC’s US chemical production regional index (CPRI) rose by 0.4% in August, following a 0.3% gain in July, a 0.2% gain in June, and a 0.3% decline in May. The outputs of organic...
May 22, 2015
US chemical production was flat in April, according to the ACC’s US Chemical Regional Production Index (CPRI). The index, a three-month moving average, was also flat in March after registering a 0.2% gain in February....
July 20, 2012
0perating earnings of U.S. corporations fell 0.3% in the first quarter of 2012—the first drop since the recovery in earnings that began in early 2009. Profits have more than...
June 18, 2012
Real GDP rose at a 1.9% annual rate in the first quarter of 2012, down from 3% in the final three months of last year. The original estimate for the first quarter was 2.2%. Consumer...
May 11, 2012
U.S. GDP grew at a 2.2% annual rate in the first quarter of 2012, well below the 3% rate recorded in the final quarter of 2011. On the positive side, consumer spending rose at a 2.9%...
April 20, 2012
corporate operating earnings rose 0.9% in the fourth quarter, after increasing 1.7% in the third. The slowdown was the result of a sharp drop in earnings from overseas. Domestic...
March 16, 2012
The second estimate of fourth-quarter 2011 GDP shows growth of 3%, up from the initial calculation of 2.8%. The contours of growth did not change: a relatively slow expansion in...
February 10, 2012
The U.S. economy ended 2011 on a relatively strong note. Growth was very weak at 0.4% in the first quarter of 2011. The final quarter registered a 2.8% gain in real GDP. In the fourth...
January 20, 2012
the U.S. economy grew 1.8% in the third quarter, the latest GDP estimate. Third-quarter growth initially was calculated at 2.5%, significantly above the 1.3% recorded in the second...
December 19, 2011
The economy grew at a 2% annual rate in the third quarter, ahead of the 1.3% rate in the second quarter, but below the initial estimate of 2.5% for the most recent period. Although...
October 28, 2011
The third, and more or less final, estimate for the growth in U.S. GDP during the second quarter came in at 1.3%, compared with the second estimate of 1% and the initial compilation of...
September 9, 2011
There is little good news emanating from government or private sector reports. The data indicate that the economy has stalled or is heading for another downturn. The latest GDP release...
August 19, 2011
GDP grew 0.4% in the first quarter, significantly less than the initial estimate of 1.9%. Initial second-quarter estimates peg GDP growth at an annualized 1.3%. Consumer spending was...
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