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US solvent markets reflect rising feedstock pressures - ICIS Americas podcast 19 January 2017
January 19, 2017 02:54 PM PST
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In the first ICIS Americas podcast of 2017, news reporter David Haydon speaks to markets reporter Christie Moffat about current trends in US solvents, specifically for ethyl acetate (etac), methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), and isopropanol (IPA). Moffat discusses various price increases proposed for January and February, as well as feedstock cost pressures and the state of supply and demand across the three markets.

US sulphur prices rise in Q4 ’16, following China
December 08, 2016 03:04 PM PST
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Markets reporter Christie Moffat speaks with ICIS sulphur reporter Annalise Little about the performance of sulphur in the fourth quarter of 2016. Little discusses sulphur exports, trade flows, new projects underway in the North American market, and what can be expected in 2017.

Current and future trends in the Latin America PVC market
December 07, 2016 11:54 AM PST
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Markets reporter Christie Moffat speaks to ICIS senior editor Ron Coifman about the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) markets in Latin America, including what can be expected in 2017. Along with pricing trends, Coifman also examines political and economic conditions that are currently affecting market dynamics, and what these factors mean for growth in the coming year.

US phenol contracts under discussion for 2017 – ICIS Americas Podcast 11 October 2016
October 11, 2016 02:30 PM PDT
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Markets reporter Christie Moffat speaks to ICIS senior editor John Dietrich about the phenol and acetone markets heading into next year. As talks have started for 2017 phenol contracts, Dietrich discusses the various ideas being floated by producers and buyers. Dietrich also discusses how phenol margins are impacting acetone, and what to expect for the rest of 2016.

US Aug barge acetone moving towards split settlement – ICIS Americas Podcast 31 August 2016
August 31, 2016 09:57 AM PDT
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Markets reporter Christie Moffat speaks to ICIS senior editor John Dietrich about the movement of August contracts for US barge acetone towards a split settlement. Dietrich discusses a split settlement, and whether the market could see a repeat of this in September. Dietrich also discusses the movement of truck acetone prices, ongoing tightness in the market, and the arrival of Asian imports in the US.

Rio 2016 Games offers some hope for struggling Brazil economy – ICIS Americas Podcast 4 August 2016
August 04, 2016 02:43 PM PDT
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Markets reporter Christie Moffat speaks to ICIS deputy news editor Al Greenwood and markets editors Marianela Toledo and James Fowler about the economic outlook for Brazil, as the Olympic Games kicks off in Rio de Janeiro.

The ongoing recession and political crisis has seen Brazil’s economy suffer in recent times, but there are some signs that things could potentially improve in the future. Greenwood, Toledo and Fowler discuss the outlook for the upstream energy and downstream chemical sectors in Brazil, and how the Games has affected business.

Fertilizer markets constrained by weak demand – ICIS Americas Podcast 26 July 2016
July 26, 2016 01:49 PM PDT
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Markets reporter Christie Moffat speaks to ICIS fertilizers editor Mark Milam and sulphur reporter Annalise Little about industry sentiment at the recent Southwestern Fertilizers Conference in San Antonio, Texas. They discuss weakening demand, crops and other factors influencing price movement in Q3, as well as outlooks for the rest of the year.

Declines in US fertilizer market led by falling crop prices – ICIS Americas Podcast 14 July 2016
July 14, 2016 02:09 PM PDT
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Markets reporter Christie Moffat chats to ICIS markets editor Mark Milam about declines in the US fertilizer market and the effects of falling crop prices.
With plenty of supply and little demand in the market, Milam discusses the possibility that Q3 will be a period of significant weakness.

The impact of Brexit on global markets – ICIS Americas Podcast 29 June 2016
June 29, 2016 10:38 AM PDT
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Markets reporter Christie Moffat speaks to ICIS senior editors John Dietrich and Ignacio Sotolongo, and Americas managing editor Jeremy Pafford about the effect of Brexit on global commodity markets. Dietrich, Sotolongo and Pafford discuss the possibility of the markets rebounding, future trade agreements and whether other EU members will follow Britain’s example.

WTI reaches $50/bbl mark – ICIS Americas Podcast 26 May 2016
May 26, 2016 12:20 PM PDT
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News reporter Christie Moffat speaks to ICIS senior editor Ignacio Sotolongo and deputy managing editor Bobbie Clark about the movement of crude oil, focusing in particular on West Texas Intermediate (WTI) reaching $50/bbl this week.

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