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Cost support, downstream resumption of work, slight increase in BOPP prices in February

Price trend

 

According to the price monitoring of the Business Society, as of February 29th and 18th, the BOPP market and above are the main players for this month μ The price of BOPP film is around 9631 yuan/ton, an increase of about 0.68% compared to the beginning of the month. The highest point of the price appeared in the second half of the month at 9631 yuan/ton, and the lowest point appeared in the first half of the month, with a price of about 9566 yuan/ton.

 

quotations analysis

 

In terms of raw materials: From the above chart, it can be seen that the price of raw material PP has fluctuated and increased this month. The mainstream quoted price of T30S (wire drawing) by domestic manufacturers and traders is around 7650 yuan/ton, an increase of about 0.43% compared to the beginning of the month. The highest point of the price appeared on February 19th, at 7690 yuan/ton, and the lowest point appeared in the middle of the month, with a price of about 7593 yuan/ton. The cost side has strong support for BOPP prices

 

In terms of demand: With downstream membrane companies starting construction after the holiday, market demand has increased, and the number of orders has increased. A small number of enterprises just need to replenish goods, and market demand has a strong support for prices

 

Future Market Forecast

It is expected that BOPP prices will continue to rise slightly in the near future.

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In February, the price of isooctanol in Shandong fluctuated and increased by 0.61%

According to the Commodity Analysis System of Business Society, the market price of isooctanol in Shandong fluctuated and increased in February. The price of isooctanol increased from 12375 yuan/ton at the beginning of the month to 12450 yuan/ton at the end of the month, an increase of 0.61%, and the price at the end of the month increased by 35.82% year-on-year.

 

On February 27th, the Isooctanol Commodity Index was 91.54, an increase of 0.09 points from yesterday, a decrease of 33.43% from the highest point in the cycle of 137.50 points (2021-08-08), and an increase of 160.43% from the lowest point of 35.15 points on February 1st, 2016. (Note: The cycle refers to the period from September 1st, 2011 to present)

 

From the supply side perspective, the mainstream ex factory prices of Shandong isooctanol have slightly increased this month, with average inventory levels.

 

Cost side: Propylene market fluctuates and rises

 

The propylene market rose first and then fell in February, with an overall slight increase. At the beginning of the month, the price of propylene fell to a low point, and downstream investors entered the market on dips, resulting in an increase in trading volume and a wave of increase in propylene prices. After the holiday, downstream demand fell short of expectations and some inventory was mainly consumed. Upstream goods flow is not smooth, and prices are under pressure and declining. At the end of the month, due to the increase in prices of some downstream products and propylene, profits rebounded, driving downstream active entry into the market and slightly increasing propylene prices. The upstream market has slightly increased, with good cost support, which has a positive impact on the price of isooctanol.

 

Demand side: DOP market fluctuates and rises

 

After the holiday, plasticizer enterprises resumed production, demand increased, and DOP market prices fluctuated and rose. The price of DOP increased from 11780 yuan/ton at the beginning of the month to 11800 yuan/ton at the end of the month, an increase of 0.17%, and the price at the end of the month increased by 18.71% year-on-year. The downstream market has slightly increased, and downstream customers are more enthusiastic about purchasing isooctanol.

 

Looking at the future market: In mid to early March, the Shandong isooctanol market may experience a slight fluctuation and rise, with consolidation being the main trend. The upstream propylene price has slightly increased, with increased cost support. The downstream DOP market has recently seen a slight increase, and downstream manufacturers are more proactive in purchasing isooctanol. Analysts from Shengyishe Isooctanol believe that in the short term, the Shandong Isooctanol market may experience slight fluctuations and gains due to various factors such as supply and demand, as well as raw materials.

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The cost side is relatively strong, and the PA6 market is rising upstream

Price trend

 

Recently, the domestic PA6 market has strengthened, with some spot prices rising. According to data monitoring from Business Society, as of February 26th, the domestic benchmark price of PA6 mixture was 14925 yuan/ton, with a price increase or decrease of+1.02% compared to the beginning of the month.

 

Cause analysis

 

In terms of raw materials:

 

From the above chart, it can be seen that the market price of caprolactam has recently increased. Last week, the price of raw material pure benzene increased, leading to increased cost support. Driven by raw materials, the market trend of caprolactam is on the rise. Downstream replenishment is mainly based on demand, and the market transaction atmosphere is good, which provides strong support for the cost of PA6.

 

In terms of supply:

 

Recently, the load of PA6 production enterprises has been steadily increasing, with an average operating rate of over 82%. The market supply has remained relatively stable compared to the previous period, and the on-site supply of goods is relatively abundant. The inventory level is still not high, the pressure on suppliers is not significant, and there is still support for PA6 spot goods.

 

In terms of demand: downstream, the main downstream industries have not yet fully resumed work. The operating rate of spinning has increased to around 70%, while the weaving load has rebounded to nearly 37%, and there is still room for an increase in load in March. The demand for stocking by terminal enterprises has slightly increased, and on-site trading tends to be cautious. The demand side support for PA6 is average.

 

Future Market Forecast

 

In the week after the holiday, the PA6 market consolidation was relatively strong. The price of caprolactam has strengthened, providing sustained support for the cost side of PA6. The load of domestic polymerization plants remains stable with small fluctuations, and the inventory position remains low. Terminal enterprises need to stock up on demand. But pure benzene has started to decline, which may affect the cost side of PA6 in the future. As the load increases, the pressure on the supply side will gradually become apparent. It is expected that the PA6 market will enter a consolidation phase in the short term.

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Cobalt prices fluctuate and fall after the holiday

Cobalt prices fluctuate and fall after the holiday

 

According to the cobalt market analysis system of Business Society, on February 20th, the cobalt price was 216800 yuan/ton, a decrease of 0.32% compared to February 1st’s cobalt price of 217500 yuan/ton; Compared to February 9th, the cobalt price of 217200 yuan/ton decreased by 0.18%. The resumption of work and production after the holiday is not satisfactory, and the demand for cobalt in the market is weak. The price of cobalt continues to decline after the holiday, and the price of cobalt fluctuates and falls.

 

The resumption of work and production is not satisfactory, and the demand for cobalt in the market remains weak

 

After the festival, the downstream resumed work, and the logistics has not yet fully recovered. Some enterprises plan to resume production after Yuanxiao (Filled round balls made of glutinous rice-flour for Lantern Festival). Currently, most of them stop production for maintenance. Downstream stocking before the holiday, inventory still exists, downstream customer restocking is limited after the holiday, and actual transactions in the spot market are scarce.

 

The traditional off-season for new energy vehicles has not seen a recovery in high economic development after the holiday season. The production of battery factories and upstream raw material manufacturers has increased, and there is still uncertainty in cobalt demand. Consumer electronics remain weak, and corporate procurement enthusiasm is insufficient. The demand for cobalt in the market is cold.

 

Overview and Outlook

 

Business Society data analyst Bai Jiaxin believes that the resumption of work and production after the holiday is not good, and the demand for cobalt in the market is still cold, while the supply in the cobalt market is sufficient. Overall, the oversupply and weak demand in the cobalt market are expected to lead to a weak consolidation of cobalt prices in the future.

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After the holiday, plasticizer manufacturers resumed production and increased DOP supply

After holiday price consolidation of plasticizer DOP

 

According to the Commodity Market Analysis System of Business Society, as of February 19th, the price of DOP was 11820 yuan/ton, an increase of 0.08% compared to the price of 11810 yuan/ton on February 9th before the holiday; Compared to February 1st, the price of 11780 yuan/ton fluctuated and increased by 0.34%. The price of raw material isooctanol has increased, the cost of plasticizer DOP has increased, and the price of DOP has stabilized strongly; During the Spring Festival, the production of plasticizer enterprises decreased, and some enterprises stopped, with a production rate of less than 30%. After the holiday, plasticizer enterprises resumed production, and the supply of plasticizer DOP increased.

 

After the holiday, the price of isooctanol fluctuated and increased

 

According to the Commodity Market Analysis System of Shengyishe, as of February 19th, the quotation for isooctanol was 12450 yuan/ton, a fluctuating increase of 0.81% compared to the quotation for isooctanol on February 9th before the holiday, which was 12350 yuan/ton; Compared to February 1st at the beginning of the month, the price of 12375 yuan/ton increased by 0.61%. During the Spring Festival, the operating load of isooctanol enterprises decreased, but there was some recovery after the holiday. In addition, downstream customers restocked, and the demand for isooctanol slowly rebounded. During the Spring Festival, the price of isooctanol remained high, and after the holiday, the price of isooctanol slightly increased.

 

Future expectations

 

Business Society plasticizer product data analysts believe that during the Spring Festival, plasticizer manufacturers have seen a decrease in production, but after the holiday, plasticizer production has resumed, and the supply of plasticizers has increased. In addition, the price of isooctanol has risen, leading to an increase in the cost of plasticizer DOP. In the future, as the cost of plasticizers increases and the supply increases, there is still limited support from the rise in DOP and downward pressure. It is expected that DOP prices will remain weak and consolidate in the future.

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