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Overview of Chinese Prices

Oil prices have soared by 5%! Resin breaks through 40,000 yuan/ton! Chemical price increases continue!

Echemi 2021-04-16

Recently, international crude oil futures ushered in a surge. As of the close of April 14, the price of light crude oil futures for delivery in May on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 2.97 US dollars to close at US$63.15 per barrel, an increase of 4.94%; the price of London Brent crude oil futures for June delivery rose 2.91 US dollars, closed at 66.58 US dollars per barrel, an increase of 4.57%. Calculated on a spot-month contract, WTI futures and Brent crude oil futures prices both hit their highest closing prices since March 17.

According to industry insiders, following OPEC, the International Energy Agency has also raised its oil demand forecast for this year. Last week, US crude oil inventories fell by 6 million barrels more than expected. Crude oil inventories fell for the third consecutive week, and the decline exceeded expectations. , Boosted people’s optimistic expectations for a recovery in energy demand. The Yemeni Houthi rebels backed by Iran attacked an oil facility in Saudi Arabia, leading to escalation of tensions in the oil-rich Middle East. Geopolitical changes have also helped support crude oil prices.

The futures market is booming in large areas, and the price of chemical products is strongly driven
Affected by the increase in crude oil, the commodity futures market opened on the 15th with a large area of red, among which crude oil futures rose the most. As of 11:20, the main crude oil rose more than 4%, thermal coal, and the main styrene-ethyl PTA futures contract rose nearly 3%. Chemical raw materials are also showing a trend of rapid rise. In recent days, dozens of chemical raw materials have risen wildly. Liquid epoxy resin has been raised by RMB 6,600/ton during the month, and some chemicals have increased by RMB 500/ton daily.

The East China liquid resin market has broken through the 40,000 yuan/ton (barreled) mark, and the offer is 40,000-41,000 yuan/ton, an increase of 6,600 yuan/ton from the beginning of the month. Since 2021, the East China liquid resin has increased by 86%. The Huangshan solid resin market also rose to 33,000-34,000 yuan/ton, and the two-step method hit 38,000 yuan/ton, a record high.

The comprehensive PC market price is 28,900 yuan/ton, an increase of 2,800 yuan/ton compared to the same period last month, an increase of 10.45%; compared with the same period last week, the price has risen 1,700 yuan/ton, an increase of 3.96%, reaching a new historical height.
Bisphenol A is quoted at RMB 30,000/ton, which is an increase of RMB 1066.67/ton from last week.
The average ex-factory price of methyl ethyl ketone in the domestic market is 8666 yuan/ton. Compared with the previous working day, the average price is raised by 500 yuan/ton, a single-day increase of 6.12%, and an increase of 7.88% compared to April 1.
Isobutyraldehyde was quoted at RMB 13,400/ton, an increase of RMB 1,150/ton or 9.39% from the beginning of the month.
Wanhua Chemical’s MTBE price in Shandong area is 6,450 yuan/ton, up by 600 yuan/ton from last week, and the North China area’s price is 6,350 yuan/ton, up by 400 yuan/ton from last week.
The average ex-factory price of methyl ethyl ketone in the domestic market is 8666 yuan/ton. Compared with the previous working day, the average price is increased by 500 yuan/ton, a daily increase of 6.12%; compared with the daily price, the average price is increased by 633 yuan/ton, an increase 7.88%.

The price of n-butanol was 11,333.33 yuan/ton, an increase of 400 yuan/ton from last week.
Epichlorohydrin is quoted at 16067 yuan/ton, an increase of 400 yuan/ton per day. Jinan Aochen Chemical Co., Ltd. quoted RMB 16,500 per ton of epichlorohydrin, and merchants’ spot prices follow the market.
Wanhua Chemical’s propylene oxide quoted price was 18,700 yuan/ton, an increase of 400 yuan/ton from last week.
The domestic acetic acid price was 7116.67 yuan/ton, an increase of 303.34 yuan/ton or 4.45% from last week. In East China and North China, some acetic acid manufacturers have failed to store and shut down equipment, and it is difficult to reverse the tight supply of market resources in the short term.
Wanhua Chemical’s diisobutylene price was 11,800 yuan/ton, up by 300 yuan/ton from last week.
Diethylene glycol was quoted at 7663 yuan/ton, a daily increase of 280 yuan/ton.
Styrene was quoted at RMB 9,250/ton, a daily increase of RMB 262/ton.
The price of hydrogenated benzene in East China is 6,725 yuan/ton, up 200 yuan/ton per day.

At present, the production and consumption growth of petrochemical products have not encountered bottlenecks. Under the influence of the epidemic last year, there was a shortage of orders in the first half of the year, chemical product inventories were high, and prices continued to fall. In the second half of the year, downstream industries continued to recover, and demand growth also drove the price of chemical products, but more often they were “rising to falling”, and the landing price was still based on actual negotiations. This year, the chemical industry has seen a subversive market situation, and the tensions of geopolitical remediation have escalated. International crude oil hit a new high in 13 months, and then continued to fluctuate at a high level. The supply of the overseas chemical industry has decreased and the demand for domestic chemicals has soared. Under the supply reduction, the price speculation brought about by the global economic recovery is superimposed. It is expected that the chemical industry will continue to rise in the future, and the supply and demand imbalance in the first half of the year will not be quickly alleviated.