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Pandemic’s third wave seems unlikely to damage global petrochemicals demand

JOHN RICHARDSON | July 22, 2021

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Petrochemical stocks plunged worldwide on 19 July ahead of the Q2 earnings season. The declines were consistent with those in economically sensitive sectors such as steel, copper, automotive and housing,” wrote my ICIS colleague, Joseph Chang, in this Insight article.

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Article | February 19, 2020

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Article | February 19, 2020

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