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Rising sulfur price

On June 2, the sulfur commodity index was 30.54, up 1.64 points from yesterday, down 70.59% from 103.84 (2011-11-02), the highest point in the cycle, and up 18.42% from 25.79, the lowest point on February 24, 2020. (Note: cycle refers to 2011-09-01 to now)


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According to the price monitoring of the business agency, the price trend of sulfur rose on June 3. The sulfur production price in East China was 556.67 yuan / ton, up 5.70% on a single day, 8.44% higher than that of last month. On Tuesday, refineries in various regions in China adjusted their prices according to their own shipments. Sinopec Zhenhai Refining and Chemical Co., Ltd. in East China and Shanghai Gaoqiao Petrochemical Co., Ltd. raised their prices by 20 yuan / ton, while other manufacturers’ prices were temporarily stable; Sinopec North China’s solid-liquid sulfur rose by 30 yuan / ton; Sinopec Shandong’s solid-liquid sulfur rose by 40-50 yuan / ton.


Downstream, on June 2, the domestic monoammonium market fluctuated slightly, and the monoammonium phosphate commodity index was 62.37, up 0.22 points from yesterday. There is no inventory pressure for enterprises, and some enterprises also have a strong price intention. However, some manufacturers hold firm to the idea, and the overall market consolidation and operation. The market of diammonium is running smoothly, the domestic market is general, and the market demand is weak. Some enterprises start off-season maintenance to prepare for the autumn market. At present, the price has not fluctuated, maintaining the previous level.


Aftermarket forecast: according to the sulfur analyst of the business agency, at present, the external supply of sulfur is tight and the price is higher than the intended purchase price. The domestic market is relatively resistant to the high-end price, and the market operation mentality is not active. In the downstream, the factory’s enthusiasm for purchasing into the market is not high, the demand for phosphate fertilizer is weak, the sulfuric acid market is weak and stable, and the downstream buyers mainly purchase on demand. It is expected that the sulfur market will be frozen and consolidated in the short term.

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Multiple positive impacts on polyethylene price rise in May

According to the monitoring of the business club, in May, LLDPE, LDPE and HDPE in East China all showed an upward trend of shocks, and the overall transaction atmosphere of the market was good. On May 31, the average ex factory price of LLDPE 7042 in East China was 6650.00 yuan / ton, up 5.56% in the month; the average ex factory price of LDPE 2426h was 7550.00 yuan / ton, up 3.07% in the month; the average ex factory price of HDPE 5000S was 7166.67 yuan / ton, up 1.65% in the month. In May, the increase rate of the three varieties of PE was mostly around 100-300 yuan / ton.

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On June 1, LLDPE commodity index was 64.64, up 0.95 points from yesterday, down 45.02% from the highest point of 117.56 points in the cycle (December 11, 2013) and up 12.50% from the lowest point of 57.46 points on April 06, 2020. (Note: Period refers to September 1, 2011 to date)

The LDPE commodity index on June 1 was 60.12, up 1.37 points from yesterday, down 46.95% from the highest point of 113.33 points in the cycle (December 08, 2013) and up 10.76% from the lowest point of 54.28 points on April 06, 2020. (Note: Period refers to September 1, 2011 to date)

On June 1, HDPE commodity index was 58.49, up 0.4 points from yesterday, down 42.84% from the highest point of 102.33 points in the cycle (July 24, 2014) and up 7.44% from the lowest point of 54.44 points on April 06, 2020. (Note: Period refers to September 1, 2011 to date)

In May, the price of polyethylene market fluctuated and rose by about 100-300 yuan/ton. At the beginning of the month, the sharp rise in international oil prices, coupled with the rise in Liansu futures, boosted the market mentality. After the May Day long holiday, the market price rose significantly. Most petrochemical enterprises raised their factory prices. Businesses had a good mentality and some of them followed the increase in shipments. Downstream inquiries increased, the market entered the market with higher enthusiasm and the market transaction atmosphere improved. In the later period, CNPC implemented a batch sales policy in North and East China, lowering the guiding price. With the decline in international oil prices, the market mentality was suppressed. The traders were mainly short-sighted about the future market, and their enthusiasm for entering the market weakened. The market transaction atmosphere became weaker. The traders’ mentality became pessimistic. They were more active in allowing profits to stimulate shipments. Market prices entered the downward channel, with HDPE falling most obviously. Subsequently, the international oil price rose sharply and the plastic futures began to fluctuate, once again boosting the spot market. Most petrochemical enterprises raised the ex-factory price and the overall quotation rose until the end of the month.

In May, polyethylene market supply is currently in the PE unit overhaul season. Petrochemical units are being stopped for overhaul one after another. Some units, such as Fujian United and Dushanzi Petrochemical, are being overhauled. Market supply has decreased, bringing support to some parts of the market and the price is relatively firm. However, the second quarter is the low season of demand in polyethylene market, market consumption is weak, and affected by social public health events, downstream factories are recovering slowly, terminal demand continues to decline, and the market transaction atmosphere is relatively light, which restricts the upward trend of polyethylene price.

Raw material ethylene market rose all the way in May, bringing some favorable support to the polyethylene market. Recently, ethylene has shown an overall upward trend. Prices in the Asian ethylene market rose, with CFR Northeast Asia closing at US$ 715-725 per ton and CFR Southeast Asia closing at US$ 635-645 per ton as of the 28th. European ethylene market prices rose sharply. As of the 28th, European ethylene market prices were US$ 517-527/ton for FD Northwest Europe and US$ 488-496/ton for CIF Northwest Europe. Ethylene prices in the U.S. region remained stable, with a price of 255-267 U.S. dollars per ton as of the 28th. Generally speaking, the ethylene market in Europe and the United States was on an upward trend throughout May, especially in Europe and Asia. The trading atmosphere in the entire ethylene market was active and the market rose all the way, with a large increase, which was also related to the large decline in the ethylene market in the previous period. Operators pay more attention to the supply and demand situation after the holiday.


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In terms of futures, linear futures surged in May, boosting the spot market mentality. On may 6, polyethylene futures L2009 opened at 6330, with the highest price of 6485, the lowest price of 6260, the closing price of 6450, the former settlement price of 6110, and the settlement price of 6370, up 340, or 5.56%, with a turnover of 422975, an open position of 352872, and a daily increase of 24497. (Quotation Unit: Yuan/Ton)

On May 29, polyethylene futures L2009 opened at 6585, with the highest price of 6615, the lowest price of 6515, the closing price of 6515, the former settlement price of 6515 and the settlement price of 6560, unchanged from the 28th, with trading volume of 427849, open position of 377239 and daily increase of -30876. (Quotation Unit: Yuan/Ton))

In April 2020, PE imports totaled 1,363,900 tons. Among them, LLDPE imported 406,900 tons, HDPE 696,700 tons and LDPE 260,300 tons. The export volume of PE is 22,400 tons, including 22,000 tons of LLDPE, 67,700 tons of HDPE and 13,700 tons of LDPE, with a cumulative export volume of 89,700 tons.

According to the business news agency’s price monitoring, in the list of commodity prices in may 2020, there were 13 kinds of commodities with rubber and plastic plates rising month on month, of which there were 6 kinds of commodities with an increase of more than 5%, accounting for 35.3% of the monitored commodities in the plate. The top 3 commodities were ABS(13.62%), PC(13.22%) and PVC(12.26%). There were 4 kinds of commodities that declined month-on-month and 2 kinds of commodities that declined by more than 5%, accounting for 11.8% of the monitored commodities in this sector. The top 3 products were PP (fiber) (-8.82%), PA66(-5.53%) and cis-polybutadiene rubber (-1.12%). This month’s average rise and fall was 3.83%. On the whole, rubber and plastic plates are mostly rising, giving polyethylene a certain boost.

Looking at the future, facing the low season of traditional demand, and under the influence of public health incidents, downstream factories are recovering slowly, terminal demand is limited, and the market transaction atmosphere is sluggish. Although the petrochemical inventory is still at a medium-high level and the consumption will take some time, it is currently in the overhaul season, with more overhaul of petrochemical units and a decrease in market supply. Internationally, crude oil and ethylene both rose, with some support in terms of costs. In addition, the rise in wide-range volatility of linear futures also boosted the market. It is expected that polyethylene market will still have room for growth in June.

PA66 price weakness continued in May

1、 Price trend


According to the data of the business club’s bulk list, the domestic market of PA66 continued to be weak in May, and the quotations of various brands were weak. As of May 31, the average price of the mainstream offer of PA66 is about 18800.00 yuan / ton, a decrease of 5.53% compared with the average price at the beginning of the month.


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Analysis of influencing factors:


In May, the price trend of adipic acid in the upper reaches of PA66 continued the weak trend of last month. The price was weak and the market was calm. According to the data of business agency, adipic acid fell by only 0.61% in May, with the increase and decrease of dealers’ quotation mainly showing each other, with the range mostly fluctuating in the range of 100-200 yuan / ton. In terms of upstream cost, the rebound of crude oil is good for downstream petrochemical industry, and pure benzene upstream of adipic acid is also affected by the rebound. However, it did not bring fundamental benefits to adipic acid. On the one hand, the cost transmission has a certain lag effect. On the other hand, in the early February and March, pure benzene dropped by more than 50%. In terms of market supply, the operating rate of enterprises in the whole month remained high, at more than 80%. The supply of goods is relatively sufficient, and the manufacturers have been accumulating inventory, and the inventory pressure remains high. And the delivery strength is not good. At present, although most dealers have returned to normal delivery, the downstream demand has not reached the pre epidemic level. On the whole, the current market has shown a trend of both high enterprise inventory and market inventory, and later market de stocking may continue. In a comprehensive consideration, adipic acid will still shake and adjust at the bottom in the near future, and it will take time to get out of the haze.


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The upstream adipic acid did not support the cost side of PA66, and the market price of PA66 continued to be weak. In May, the whole month is green, and the spot market atmosphere is solemn. This month’s 5.53% average price index also showed a slow decline trend. The high frequency of spot price decline was small, which reflected the lack of mentality of the industry and the long-term impact of supply-demand contradiction on PA66. On the supply side, the spot performance of PA66 is still sufficient, and the starting load of downstream plants is low. Recently, PA66 plastic consumer water products are in the off-season, which is also the peak season for maintenance. There are few inquiries in the market, a pessimistic atmosphere, few transaction news, and the main contradiction is still the supply and demand.


Future forecast:


Business analysts believe that: in May, the domestic market of PA66 continued to decline. The spot price of adipic acid in the upstream is stable at a low level, which is weak to support the PA66 cost side. The rate of downstream factories returning to work still needs to be improved, and PA66′s demand for goods is very limited in the off-season. The background of the contradiction between supply and demand in the market remains unchanged, and the confidence of the operators in the future market is insufficient. It is expected that PA66 market will not improve in the short term.

This week’s price of pure benzene rose 4.05% (may 25-may 31, 2020)

1、 Price trend


According to the data in the business club’s large list, the price of pure benzene on May 24 was 3300-3750 yuan / ton (average price of 3460 yuan / ton); the price of pure benzene on Sunday (May 31) was 3450-3850 yuan / ton (average price of 3600 yuan / ton), up 4.05% from last week.


2、 Analysis and comment


1. Product: this week, the price of Sinopec’s pure benzene was increased by 150 yuan / ton to 3500 yuan / ton. Prices rose on Tuesday, supported by positive crude oil and external market conditions. At present, the price of pure benzene in the far month is rising, but the spot negotiation is general.


3. Outside market: this Monday is an American holiday. The outside market is closed for one day. On Tuesday, the market rose sharply, but it continued to fall since Wednesday. On Friday (May 29), South Korea imported 398 US dollars / ton of pure benzene, down 6.67 US dollars / ton, or 1.65% from May 22; East China imported 407 US dollars / ton of pure benzene, up 1 US dollar / ton, or 0.25% from May 22.


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3. Crude oil: this week, the price of oil rose in an oscillatory way. Crude oil production continues to decline, gasoline demand shows signs of recovery, and the overall oil price shows an upward trend. However, the contradiction between the supply and demand of crude oil is still prominent, and the oversupply is still the primary problem restricting the oil price. This week, it was reported that Russia began to reduce production in July, and oil prices were under pressure again. Brent was up $1.53/barrel, or 4.66%, on May 22, while WTI was up $2.59/barrel, or 7.79%. Compared with December 31, 2019, Brent decreased by 48.51% and WTI by 41.02%


4. Related industry chain: driven by pure benzene and crude oil market, the hydrogenated benzene market rose by 100 yuan / ton this week. This week, some hydrobenzene units were restarted, and market supply is expected to increase.


“One helmet area” brings good dissipation, and this week styrene oscillates downward. Styrene prices in Shandong Province dropped 83.33 yuan / ton, or 1.52%, from last week to 5416.67 yuan / ton on Tuesday.


Last Thursday, the aniline Market in Shandong Province was stable again after the reduction of 200 yuan / ton of aniline. The price of aniline remained stable for a week, while the price of aniline remained weak. On the 29th, the price of aniline in Shandong was 4400-4490 yuan / ton, and that in Nanjing was 4600-4820 yuan / ton.


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3、 Future forecast


1. Crude oil: Saudi Arabia and other OPEC producing countries are considering extending the cut to the end of 2020. Attention OPEC will hold another meeting on June 10.


2. Market: it is heard that the turnover of pure benzene is 3600 yuan / ton in May, 3680-3700 yuan / ton in June, 3760 yuan / ton in July and 3800 yuan / ton in August. The operating rate of hydrogenated benzene enterprises has increased, the pressure on supply and demand has increased, or the pure benzene market has been affected.


In the long run, the market price of pure benzene will continue to rise, but there is still a possibility of oscillation in the short term.

The trend of cryolite price this week was stable (5.25-5.29)

1、 Price trend


According to the data of the business club’s bulk list, the market price of cryolite this week was weak and stable, and the average market price in Henan Province was 5500.00 yuan / ton in the week, which was stable compared with last weekend’s price, down 13.61% compared with last year. On May 28, the cryolite commodity index was 66.80, unchanged from yesterday, down 34.00% from 101.21 (2011-10-31), the highest point in the cycle, and up 0.68% from 66.35, the lowest point on September 5, 2016. (Note: cycle refers to 2011-09-01 to now).


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2、 Market analysis


According to the monitoring statistics of the business association, the price trend of cryolite this week has been running steadily. As of the 29th, the factory price of cryolite in Shandong is about 5000-6800 yuan / ton; the factory price of cryolite in Henan is 4500-6000 yuan / ton. At present, the quotation of cryolite enterprises in Henan Province is relatively low, and most of them are sold on a single basis. Zhengzhou Tianrui grain Co., Ltd. has started about 70% of the project at present. There is a lot of demand in the downstream and the inventory is acceptable. The quotation in the week is mainly stable.


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Affected by environmental protection policies and health events in the early stage, the upstream raw materials are in short supply, and downstream users purchase on demand. At present, the raw materials slowly pick up, and the demand for them begins to recover, and it is expected that the demand will start to increase in the later stage. In terms of upstream fluorite, the price trend continued to rise this week, with the average domestic market price at the weekend of 2655.56 yuan / ton, up 3.02% in the week. At present, the operation of domestic fluorite manufacturers is stable, the operation of mines and flotation devices in the site is normal, the delivery of fluorite in the site is improved, and the market price of fluorite is slightly higher.


3、 Future forecast


According to the cryolite product analyst of the business association: in terms of the supply and demand performance of the cryolite market, the manufacturers start normal operation and have sufficient inventory, but the downstream demand gradually recovers and the demand has increased. The upstream raw materials slowly pick up and lead to good results. In the later stage, the cryolite market may be sorted up, with specific attention to the market demand.