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Joseph Chang

Joseph Chang

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Tempered optimism ahead of wave of US project start-ups

Posted on April 7th, 2017 in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

It’s happening. The US cracker project wave is amplifying with Dow Chemical announcing the completion of its 1.5m tonne/year ethylene project in Freeport, Texas – the second new US cracker after the Occidental Chemical/Mexichem start-up in the first quarter of this year. Continue reading “Tempered optimism ahead of wave of US project start-ups” »

Volume proxy turns negative amid oil slump, US fed rate hike

Posted on March 24th, 2017 in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

After a buoyant start to the year, the global chemical market is due for a pause. The recent sharp decline in crude oil values has put a halt to the big run-up in many chemical and polymers prices. Continue reading “Volume proxy turns negative amid oil slump, US fed rate hike” »

Trump speech to congress short on specifics but ignites markets

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

US President Donald Trump’s first speech to the joint session of Congress revealed little detail to his platform policy issues, but sparked a big rally in the US equity market on continued hopes for business friendly changes along with a change in tone directed towards compromise.

Continue reading “Trump speech to congress short on specifics but ignites markets” »

A New Era of Economic Acceleration Amid Political Uncertainty?

Posted on February 7th, 2017 in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris has hardly ever been more bullish than on the company’s Q4 earnings conference call. Citing positive momentum in the US and global economies going into 2017, his comments contrast starkly with those about dealing with a “slow growth” world just a couple of years ago. Continue reading “A New Era of Economic Acceleration Amid Political Uncertainty?” »

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