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Houston (Platts)--29 Jul 2016 453 pm EDT/2053 GMT
An anticipated steady increase in chemical demand through 2040 offers a "really good opportunity" for ExxonMobil as it considers moving forward on a potential project with Sabic, the company said Friday during its second-quarter earnings call.
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The Barrel Blog

July 21, 2016
The coup attempt has raised concerns about the unstable state of politics as well as the Turkish economy in the near future, especially regarding the volatility of its currency.
July 04, 2016
The British pound’s sharp slide to 31-year lows versus the US dollar in the volatile aftermath of last month’s Brexit vote could potentially hike the UK’s polymer import costs by $100 million.
June 29, 2016
Will growing supplies of shale-driven olefins expansions in the North American market outstrip the ability of units downstream to take in product?
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Feature: Global Polymers Pricing Analysis

June 14, 2016
European LDPE spot prices were flat this week, closing June 15 at Eur1,330/mt FD NWE. Asian LDPE rose on higher discussion levels and a deal done during the week.
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LLDPE: Demand falls in India on monsoon season; supply availability still an issue in US
Asian LLDPE prices were stable to weaker this week amid thin activity; US LLDPE export assessment softened on the week.
HDPE: US buyers expecting bigger decline in June; Asian activity seen to slow further
All three US HDPE export prices decreased for the week; Asian HDPE prices were stable to weaker this week amid a seasonal lull.

Price Focus

Spot NWE ethylene discount to the monthly contract price, a measure of the product's demand, remains stable but there are some bullish price expectations on the expected derivative uptick due to seasonality.

Petrochemical Infographics

Featuring global trade flows for polyethylene, this infographic also details surplus and deficit totals and includes key trend points, statistics and forecasts going out all the way to 2023.


Ineos director Tom Crotty on the group's petrochemical operations post-Brexit
July 05, 2016
- Listen to Ineos director Tom Crotty discuss the state of the group's UK operations at present and going forwards in the aftermath of Brexit.
Key themes from the Q2 Platts Global Polyolefin Outlook
June 29, 2016
- Our analysts discuss the demand/supply fundamentals of polypropylene, the likelihood of a bullish supply case for PP, and what the key demand centers for the polyolefin will be.
Key themes from the Q1 Platts Global Polyolefin Outlook
May 13, 2016
- Platts analysts discuss the effects of the Middle East feedstock price changes at the end of 2015-early 2016 on the petrochemicals markets in 2016.
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Asia-Pacific Petrochemicals methodology

Published March 2016

The Asian Petrochemical Products Guide contains the primary specifications and methodologies for Platts Asian Petrochemical assessments.

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