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US Senate misses deadline to avoid partial government shutdown
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Senate failed to meet a deadline on Friday to avoid a partial shutdown of the nation's government.
The Senate had until...
Tight market continues to push US spot propylene higher
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US spot propylene prices were assessed higher on Friday, following production issues at a third propane dehydrogenation (PDH)...
US ethylene spot prices increase on production issues
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US spot ethylene price climbed amid several cracker upsets this week, some of which were attributed to icy weather in the US...
US PE market continues to discuss proposed February price increases
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US polyethylene (PE) market continues to discuss proposed February price increases, with recent disruptions in production and...
US PP buyers look into imports as domestic price hike looms
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Buyers in the US polypropylene (PP) market are taking a closer look at imports as the market continues to brace for the impact of the...
US spot benzene prices rise on stronger Asia, lower refinery rates
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US spot benzene prices moved higher in the week ending 19 January, following a late-week rally driven by stronger global markets and...
US heavy N+A naphtha firms on refinery snags
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US Gulf Coast (USG) heavy N+A naphtha spot prices were assessed higher for the week ending 19 January, on cold weather across the...
EVENING SNAPSHOT - Americas Markets Summary
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Here is Friday’s end of day Americas oil and chemical market summary from ICIS.
CRUDE: Mar BRENT: $68.61/bbl, down $0.70; Feb WTI:...
BASF's US Feb acrylates initiatives emerge on growing momentum
HOUSTON (ICIS)--BASF’s US acrylic acid and acrylate esters increase initiatives for February were no surprise, buyers said on Friday, given market...
Plant status: Braskem has caustic soda outage in Brazil
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Here is a plant status report:
Location: Maceio, Brazil
Product: Caustic Soda
Capacity (tonnes/year): 458,000...
US Feb PS prices face pressure from higher styrene
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US polystyrene (PS) prices rolled over in January, but rising feedstock styrene could add upward pressure on February PS prices.
Petrobras, Odebrecht eye unifying Braskem shares
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazilian firms Petrobras and Odebrecht are studying a move that would unify the different share types of Braskem, the state energy...
US spot ACN prices expected to firm as market tightens
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US acrylonitrile (ACN) export spot prices were assessed higher on the low end of the range in the week ended 19 January amid pricing...
US spot MX prices increase on crude drawdown
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US spot mixed xylenes (MX) prices averaged higher in the week ended 19 January alongside a major drop in crude inventories in the...
US spot toluene prices rise on crude drawdown
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US spot toluene prices increased in the week ended 19 January following a major drawdown in crude stockpiles in the previous...
US styrene spot prices rise further amid tight supply
HOUSTON (ICIS)--After moving sideways during the first four days of the week, US styrene spot prices jumped higher on Friday on the back of deals...
US PX spot prices firm amid strong upstream sentiment
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US spot paraxylene (PX) prices rose slightly on Friday amid continued strong upstream sentiment, based on bids and offers heard in...
US MEG mostly steady in January but upward momentum lies ahead
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US monoethylene glycol (MEG) contract prices are mostly steady so far this month, but sources expect upward momentum ahead.
Plant status: Valero has process upset at US Port Arthur refinery
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Here is a plant status report:
Location: Port Arthur, Texas, US
Product: Refined products
Capacity: 395,000 crude ...
Market monitors demand from Mexico's CFE
Mexico’s state-run utility CFE could still be expected to require spot cargoes to cover the shortfall in shipments from Peru, as contractual...
US Bunge shares jump on news of ADM approach
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Shares of Bunge rose 12.99% on Friday on news that Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) made a takeover approach to the company.
US state Arkansas approves in-season ban on dicamba herbicide
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday approved the ban of herbicide diacamba in the US state from 16 April to 31 October.
US oil gas rig count falls
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US oil and gas drilling rig count fell to 936 for the week ending 19 January, down by three from the previous week, according to...
CRUDE SUMMARY: Crude oil futures falter on higher non-OPEC, US output growth estimates
LONDON (ICIS) --- Both Brent and WTI futures opened well into negative territory on Friday, taking bearish cues on forecasts of higher US output....
Both Brent and WTI futures opened well into negative territory on Friday, taking bearish cues on forecasts of higher US output.
Despite a large...
Low seasonal demand pressures CEE gas spot; far curve ticks down on weaker oil
Contracts on the three Central European gas markets lost value across the board day on day on Friday on the back of lower seasonal demand due to...
US Kinder welcomes Canada move to address project permitting delays
TORONTO (ICIS)--Kinder Morgan is welcoming a move by Canada’s federal energy regulator to address ongoing delays and permitting issues concerning the...
PVB front month continues to ease, as outlook remains comfortable
PVB prices softened slightly again at Spain’s PVB gas hub on Friday, albeit to a lesser degree than in recent days, as traders digested a forecast...
Underestimated PUN lifts Italian power prompt
Italian wholesale electricity prompt contracts gained value on Friday supported by higher than expected spot prices and forecasts of lower renewable...
Warm forecasts crush TTF gas Day-ahead, as oil sinks curve
The TTF Day-ahead natural gas contract plunged on Friday, crushed by warmer weather forecasts for next week. The far curve fell to a lesser extent,...
EU Nov undenatured ethanol imports plummet – Eurostat
LONDON (ICIS)--EU November imports of undenatured ethanol plummeted year on year while exports grew, according to the latest data from...
EU Nov denatured ethanol exports ease down – Eurostat
LONDON (ICIS)--EU November imports and exports of denatured ethanol both declined year on year, according to the latest data from Eurostat.
French day-ahead gains cut short by further mild weather forecasts
French natural gas prices on the prompt fell on Friday, wiping out the gains made in the previous session.
Nationwide gas consumption is expected to...
NBP Weekend expires with premium to Day-ahead
The NBP Day-ahead dropped lower to close below the Weekend on Friday, ahead of a mild spell set to hit northwest Europe from Monday.
Europe Q1, Jan MMA talks continue with ongoing market divide
LONDON (ICIS)--First-quarter and January contract negotiations in the European methyl methacrylate (MMA) market continue, with a mixture of targets...
Improved German gas supply outlook outweighs rising carbon price
An improved supply outlook pressured German prompt natural gas contracts on Friday, with this weakness filtering down through both the NCG and...
Bearish fundamentals allowed France to switch to being a net exporter in December. Factors included improving nuclear availability and hydro stocks,...
Milder outlook weighs on UK power prompt
Revised forecasts for temperatures above seasonal norms weighed on the UK power prompt during Friday’s session.
Further out on the market,...
Coal and carbon support French and Dutch power curve contracts
The French wholesale electricity curve inched upwards on Friday with help from a stronger fuels complex.
The main commodities supporting...
Hungarian February up on cooling weather
The Hungarian front-month contract gained value on Friday amid forecasts for cooling temperatures in the Balkan region. The Polish Week 4 electricity...
Italian summer-winter spread up on TTF, gas storage
The summer-winter spread on the Italian gas market has widened in the month to date, following the same move on the TTF and because of domestic...
Canada November chemical sales rise to C$4.4bn, up 5.9% from October
TORONTO (ICIS)--Canada’s chemical industry sales were Canadian dollar (C$) 4.4bn ($3.5bn) in November – up by 5.9% from October but down slightly by...
USG-Asia chem freight rates edge up on tight vessel space
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US Gulf to Asia chemical freight rates edged up by $3/tonne during the week as shipping space continued to tighten from greater...
NOON SNAPSHOT - Americas Markets Summary
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Here is Friday’s midday Americas oil and chemical market summary from ICIS.
CRUDE: Mar BRENT: $68.60/bbl, down 71 cents; Feb WTI:...
Plant status: LyondellBasell shuts Matagorda, Texas PE plant
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Here is a plant status report:
Location: Matagorda, Texas, US
Product: high density polyethylene...
Carbon, political uncertainty, drive German power far curve
The German wholesale power curve tended to strengthen on Friday, pulled up by bullish fuels, with carbon strong in particular. Traders may also have...
US November daily BD production rate from crackers up 3.5%
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US November daily butadiene (BD) production rate from crackers increased by 3.5% from October, according to data from consulting...
Europe PO market balanced to tight amid healthy demand
LONDON (ICIS)--The European propylene oxide (PO) market is balanced to tight, amid healthy downstream demand, said market players on Friday.
Zeebrugge basis moves more negative
The Zeebrugge Day-ahead basis moved slightly more negative on Friday, with losses on the outright contract failing to keep pace with the NBP....
Coca-Cola aims to increase recycled material, reclaim 100% of packaging by 2030
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Coca-Cola aims to produce bottles that average 50% recycled material and to recycle the equivalent of 100% of its packaging by 2030,...