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February 3, 2015

LyondellBasell’s fourth-quarter earnings have beaten the analysts’ consensus estimate by 15%, with lower feedstock costs more than making up for lower product prices. However, the company expects lower crude oil prices to pressure margins in the year ahead. Fourth-quarter earnings from continuing operations totaled $796 million, down 32% year-over-year (YOY) from $1.177 billion. Sales totaled $10.29 billion, down 8% YOY from $11.138 billion. The quarter included a $715 million non-cash, pre-tax charge for the impact of a lower-of-cost-or-market (LCM) inventory adjustment.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/LyondellBasell-beats-consensus-by-15-percent-as-lower-feedstocks-make-up-for-product-prices_67452.html
February 3, 2015
Spot aromatics prices spiked $30–70/m.t. today as market sentiment rode firmer energy markets. The March Brent crude contract rose yesterday by $1.76, to $54.75/bbl, on the ICE...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/mixedxylenes/Asia-aromatics-prices-spike-as-crude-futures-soar_67437.html
February 3, 2015
Sumitomo Corp. has acquired a 65% share of Agro Amazonia Produtos Agropecuarios (Cuiaba, Brazil), a distributor of farm and livestock supplies—including agricultural chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Sumitomo-Corp-acquires-65-percent-stake-in-Brazil-agchem-fertilizer-distributor_67450.html
February 3, 2015
Benzene production and inventories in the United States for the fourth quarter of 2014 were up from the same time one year earlier, according to data released by the American Fuel and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/AFPM-Higher-fourth-quarter-benzene-production-and-inventories-in-US_67382.html
February 2, 2015
Formosa Petrochemical Corp. (FPC) raised production at its three steam crackers at Mailiao, Taiwan, from 90% to 95% of capacity at the end of January, a source close to the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Formosa-raises-cracker-runs-to-95-percent-of-capacity-in-late-January_67391.html
February 2, 2015
PhosAgro (Moscow) today announced its production results for 2014, with total volumes up 3.7%, to 6.2 million m.t. Of this, phosphates accounted for 4.8 million m.t., up 3.2% compared...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/PhosAgro-reports-higher-production-and-sales-optimistic-about-2015_67408.html
February 2, 2015
EuroChem (Zug, Switzerland), one of the world’s leading producers of fertilizers, says it remains on track with a fertilizer project it is planning in Louisiana. The company...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/EuroChem-still-considering-Louisiana-project-but-Russia-could-become-attractive-alternative_67407.html
February 2, 2015
IHS Chemical confirms the Asian para-xylene (p-xylene) contract price for February has been settled at $710/m.t. cfr, the first settlement since October 2014, when it was fixed at...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/paraxylene/Asian-February-p-xylene-contract-settles-for-first-time-since-October_67402.html
February 1, 2015
Saudi Kayan, a Sabic affiliate, said on Sunday that it plans to shut several units at its petrochemicals complex at Jubail for a scheduled maintenance in February and October. Kayan...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Saudi-Kayan-to-shut-several-units-for-maintenance_67386.html
January 30, 2015
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), a leading global potash producer, has announced the results of investigation into the cause of the 18 November 2014 accident at the Solikamsk-2 mine...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralkalis-potash-mine-flooding-was-precipitated-by-earthquake-20-years-ago_67355.html
January 30, 2015
An escalation in styrene spot prices in Europe has opened an arbitrage into Europe from the United States, just days after Europe looked to have finished clearing out a stock-overhang...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Higher-styrene-prices-in-Europe-open-arbitrage-window-from-US_67363.html
January 30, 2015
Japan's exports of major aromatics products mostly fell in 2014, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (Tokyo). Exports of para-xylene (p-xylene) were 2.40...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Japans-exports-of-p-xylene-benzene-declined-in-2014-toluene-mixed-xylene-exports-up_67345.html
January 30, 2015
A major propylene producer in the United States has issued a 1.50-cent/lb price increase this week for the upcoming February propylene contract. No other propylene producer has issued...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Propylene-producer-nominates-US-January-contract-increase_67335.html
January 30, 2015
Zhejiang Shaoxing Sanjin Petrochemical has commissioned a 450,000-m.t./year propylene plant based on UOP’s C3 Oleflex process for propane dehydrogenation (PDH). The plant, located in Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province, is the second operational plant in China to employ the process, says UOP....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Chinese-firm-commissions-450000-m-t-year-UOP-process-propylene-plant_67336.html
January 30, 2015
Methanex reports net income for the fourth quarter of $133 million, up 4% year-over-year (YOY) from $128 million. Sales totaled $733 million, down 17% YOY from $881 million. Adjusted earnings of 85 cents/share fell short of the analysts’ consensus estimate of 95 cents/share as compiled by Thomson Reuters (New York)....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Methanex-earnings-up-4-percent-but-short-of-estimates-on-pricing_67321.html
January 29, 2015
David Lumpkins has joined the board of directors of Westlake Chemical Partners’ general partner. Westlake Chemical Partners (Houston) is the master limited partnership formed by Westlake Chemical to operate, acquire and develop ethylene production facilities....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/David-Lumpkins-joins-board-of-Westlakes-ethylene-MLP_67334.html
January 29, 2015
PotashCorp reports net income increased 80.0% year-on-year, to $407 million, on sales up 23.4% YOY, to $1.9 billion. Adjusted earnings of 49 cts/share was 81.5% higher YOY and beat the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/PotashCorp-profits-jump-80-percent_67322.html
January 29, 2015
India will implement antidumping duties on acetone imported from Taiwan and Saudi Arabia, the Directorate General of Antidumping and Allied Duties (New Delhi) says. The Taiwanese...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetone/India-slaps-antidumping-duties-on-acetone-from-Taiwan-and-Saudi-Arabia_67290.html
January 29, 2015
Styrene cargoes have been offered from overseas into Asia at more competitive prices than cargoes of Asian product, although concerns over transit time, forward pricing risk, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Offers-from-Europe-US-weigh-on-Asias-styrene-markets_67293.html
January 28, 2015
Pertamina (Jakarta) does not plan to carry out a maintenance program for its aromatics plant at Cilacap, Indonesia in 2015, a source close to the company said today. The plant's...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Pertamina-plans-to-operate-aromatics-plant-throughout-2015_67259.html
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