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

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by 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 by 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.

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A New Era of Economic Acceleration Amid Political Uncertainty?

Posted on February 7th, 2017 by 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?” »

“Trump Effect” Boosts US chemicals as trade concerns put on back burner

Posted on December 9th, 2016 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

US chemical equity prices are getting a boost from expectations of a major fiscal spending/infrastructure boost in a Trump administration, while concerns over Trump’s policies on global trade have largely been set aside for now. Continue reading ““Trump Effect” Boosts US chemicals as trade concerns put on back burner” »

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