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Americas Styrenics cuts polystyrene prices

Americas Styrenics says it is cutting transaction prices for all grades of polystyrene (PS) by 9 cts/lb, effective 1 January. The cut will “supersede all previously announced price changes,” the company says. Americas Styrenics, one of the largest...

ICL raises prices of phosphorus-based flame retardants

ICL Industrial Products, a segment of Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv), announced price increases of 5-10% for selected phosphorus-based registered-Fyrol flame retardants. The price increases are effective immediately, or as contracts...


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Leading Indicators

Fed On Course

The leading indicator for the chemical industry has declined for two consecutive months, another sign that the economy may be heading for slower growth. However, there caution should be used when interpreting the latest calculation of the indicator. A...

Vital Statistics

Profits Slip

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 doubled since then, and the earnings share of GDP has advanced from 6.9% to a...

Prices

IHS cuts 2015 crude oil price forecast sharply

IHS has cut its crude oil forecast sharply with the latest dated Brent projections lowered by about $22/bbl in 2015 and $11/bbl in 2016, according to IHS December Global Crude Oil Markets Short-Term Outlook. As a result, dated Brent is now expected to average...

CW75

CW75 Stock Performance

The CW 75 index increased 1.1% for the week ended 20 January, outpacing both the S&P 500, which was flat, and the MSCI World Index, which increased 0.4%....











 
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