Watch and see, phosphoric acid market is stagnant and consolidating (7.8-7.16)

1、 Price trend

 

According to the Commodity Market Analysis System of Shengyi Society, as of July 16th, the reference average price of 85% industrial grade thermal phosphoric acid in China was 6440 yuan/ton, which is 0.31% lower than the reference average price of 6460 yuan/ton on July 8th.

 

According to the Commodity Market Analysis System of Shengyi Society, as of July 16th, the reference average price of 85% wet process phosphoric acid in China was 6666 yuan/ton, which is stable compared to the reference average price of 6666 yuan/ton on July 8th.

 

2、 Market analysis

 

This week, the domestic phosphoric acid market has been in a state of price stagnation and consolidation. As of July 16th, the ex factory price of 85% thermal phosphoric acid in Hubei region is around 6300-6600 yuan/ton, and the ex factory price of 85% industrial phosphoric acid in Sichuan region is around 6300-6500 yuan/ton. The domestic market price for 85% wet process phosphoric acid is around 6600 yuan/ton.

 

Cost end

 

In terms of raw material yellow phosphorus. This week, the yellow phosphorus market has been weakly consolidating and operating. The increase in enterprise operating rate and market supply. Downstream price cutting procurement is the main focus, and the focus of transactions is decreasing. Short term domestic yellow phosphorus prices are expected to remain weak.

 

Raw material phosphate rock market. The market price of phosphate ore has been running steadily this month. The inquiry atmosphere in the phosphate rock field is mild, with downstream urgent procurement being the main focus. It is expected that domestic phosphate rock prices will remain stable in the short term.

 

Supply and demand side

 

At present, the supply of hot process phosphoric acid in the market is stable, while some wet process phosphoric acid manufacturers have undergone equipment maintenance, resulting in a decrease in market supply. However, there is still support on the supply side. At present, the market demand is average, with downstream essential procurement being the main focus, and many adopt a wait-and-see attitude.

 

3、 Future forecast

 

Business Society’s phosphate analyst believes that the phosphate market has been steadily consolidating in recent days. The market for raw material yellow phosphorus is weakening, and there is insufficient support on the cost side of hot acid, while there is still support on the supply and demand side of wet acid. Downstream and distributors operate cautiously, and terminal demand needs to be improved. It is expected that the short-term market price of phosphoric acid will experience a narrow consolidation and operation.

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The formic acid market remained stable and low in early July

According to the Commodity Market Analysis System of Shengyi Society, as of July 15th, the average price quoted by domestic industrial grade 85% formic acid enterprises was 2687 yuan/ton, which was basically the same as Monday’s price.

 

In early July, the formic acid market was mainly stable, with some enterprises adjusting their prices. The mainstream quotation range for industrial grade 85% formic acid enterprises was between 2800-3200 yuan/ton. Recently, the market price of methanol, the main raw material, has fluctuated and risen narrowly. Some units are expected to undergo maintenance, and the low inventory of production enterprises has supported the improvement of the mainland market.

 

The formic acid analyst from Shengyi Society believes that the current market supply and demand performance is deadlocked, with production and sales balanced, and there are no favorable factors in the short term. It is expected that the formic acid market will fluctuate, and specific changes in supply and demand still need to be monitored.

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The ammonium sulfate market is operating in a narrow range of fluctuations (7.8-7.12)

1、 Price trend

 

According to the Commodity Market Analysis System of Shengyi Society, the average price of ammonium sulfate in the domestic market on July 12th was 956 yuan/ton, which is 0.17% higher than the average price of 955 yuan/ton on July 8th.

 

2、 Market analysis

 

This week, the domestic ammonium sulfate market price first rose and then fell, with narrow fluctuations being the main trend. This week, the operating rate of coking enterprises has remained stable, while the operating rate of domestic enterprises has increased. At present, the market supply is sufficient, and downstream inquiries have a good enthusiasm. Manufacturers prioritize price hikes, while distributors maintain a cautious attitude and buy at low prices. As of July 12th, the mainstream ex factory quotation for coking grade ammonium sulfate in Shandong region is around 920 yuan/ton. Domestic grade ammonium sulfate, the mainstream ex factory quotation in Shandong region is around 930-960 yuan/ton.

 

3、 Future forecast

 

An ammonium sulfate analyst from Shengyi Society believes that the ammonium sulfate market has been operating steadily in recent days. At present, although there has been an increase in on-site inquiries, there is still a high inventory of ammonium sulfate in the market, and the industry is adopting a wait-and-see attitude. It is expected that in the short term, the domestic ammonium sulfate prices will remain stagnant and the main focus will be on consolidation and operation.

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Maintenance news drives up ABS prices in early July

In early July, the domestic ABS market saw an increase at a low level, with some brands experiencing a narrow increase in spot prices. According to the Commodity Market Analysis System of Shengyishe, as of July 10th, the average price of ABS sample products was 11850 yuan/ton, a decrease of+0.21% from the price level on July 1st.

 

Fundamental analysis

 

Supply level: At the beginning of this month, the domestic ABS industry’s load was roughly 70% of the operating level at the end of last month. Within ten days, companies such as North Huajin and LG Yongxing will undergo varying degrees of maintenance and load reduction. However, due to the improvement in profitability and increased production in early June, the overall supply on site was abundant. Manufacturers tend to output confidence in their operations, resulting in a slight increase in product pricing. Merchants are offering price differentials and slightly increasing shipments. The overall inventory of the industry has been digested, and there is a speculative atmosphere in the market regarding the contraction of future supply. Overall, the supply side has increased its support for ABS spot prices.

 

Cost factor: In early July, the upstream three material trend of ABS may rise or fall, providing sufficient support for the cost side of ABS. The domestic market for acrylonitrile remains stagnant at a low level. The upstream raw material propylene market is fluctuating and consolidating, with average cost support. Downstream demand continues to be weak. With sufficient supply of goods on site and low profits. Acrylonitrile factories have a clear willingness to raise prices, and the focus of market transactions has limited changes. Most operators maintain the previous quotation as the main focus, and still maintain a cautious attitude towards the future market.

 

Recently, the domestic butadiene market has been on the rise, mainly due to the tight supply of goods in Shandong region, which has boosted the demand. Holders have a strong willingness to hold up prices. As prices rise, it becomes more difficult to shift profits downstream and the enthusiasm for entering the market weakens. The trading atmosphere on the exchange has cooled down to some extent, forming a generally sideways trend after the rise.

 

In early July, the market price of styrene slightly increased. The dominant factor is the significant digestion of styrene storage, while the low load of the unit leads to an expectation of further decrease in supply. Currently, styrene trading is active and the market momentum is good.

 

In terms of demand: Entering July, the main terminal demand for ABS is weak. Some home appliance manufacturers have closed down during the holiday, and the overall load position of downstream factories is low, with weak stocking operations and strong demand. Last week, traders were sheltered by producers and sold at high prices. The current market momentum has returned to calm, and the speed of goods circulation has slowed down. Overall, the demand side has not provided good market support.

 

Future Market Forecast

 

In early July, domestic ABS prices showed a narrow range of upward movement. The overall increase in upstream three materials is relatively small, and the cost support for ABS is generally strong and stable. The ABS polymerization plant is operating steadily with a slight decline, and there is ample supply of goods on site. There is an expectation of a slight contraction in future supply, but based on the overall production capacity loss, the changes in supply pressure may be limited. The demand side has weak demand, and the market trend is showing in the off-season, with weak trading. In summary, it is expected that the ABS market will maintain a consolidation trend in the short term.

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Downstream procurement is poor, and formic acid prices are weak and declining in early July

According to the Commodity Market Analysis System of Business Society, as of July 9th, the average price quoted by domestic industrial grade 85% formic acid enterprises was 2680 yuan/ton, a decrease of 8.38% compared to June 9th.

 

Cost side: The domestic methanol market is mainly characterized by weak fluctuations and overall sufficient supply, resulting in a decrease in capacity utilization. The supply side of methanol is influenced by favorable factors.

 

Supply and demand side: On the supply side, the main manufacturers of formic acid are producing normally, and the market circulation of goods is relatively sufficient. On the demand side, the downstream purchasing atmosphere of formic acid needs to be improved, and the transaction orders are limited. Overall, both supply and demand have no positive support for the formic acid market.

 

Business Society formic acid analysts believe that the current formic acid market has sufficient supply and weak downstream demand. It is expected that in the short term, the formic acid market may continue to consolidate weakly, and more attention needs to be paid to downstream market demand.

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