MH Daily Bulletin: April 26

April 26, 2022 • Posted in Daily Bulletin

News relevant to the plastics industry:

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  • Oil prices fell 4% Monday to their lowest level in two weeks, a reaction to demand slowdowns in COVID-hit China. Prices are down 25% since hitting a 14-year high in early March. 
  • In mid-morning trading today, WTI futures were up 0.5% at $99.07/bbl, Brent was up 0.5% at $102.80/bbl, and U.S. natural gas was up 2.8% at $6.85/bbl. 
  • U.S. oil refiners are expected to post strong first-quarter earnings beginning this week. 
  • U.S. gasoline prices rose for the first time in more than a month yesterday: 
Daily average regular gas and diesel prices in the United States throughout the war in Ukraine (in U.S. dollars)

Supply Chain

Domestic Markets

United States Dallas Fed Manufacturing Index

International Markets

Mexico Economic Activity YoY
  • China’s economy fell sharply into deterioration territory in April, according to a broad set of economic indicators from Bloomberg. 
  • Russia’s president conceded that the nation faces “unprecedented pressure” from Western economic sanctions. 
  • Global venture funding for startups dropped 19% in the first quarter as valuations remained high, signaling further slowdowns in the months ahead. 
  • First-quarter profits at London banking giant HSBC fell 28%, while Switzerland’s UBS saw gains on higher trading activity
  • Spanish producer prices rose 46.6% in March, a record in data going back to 1976, largely due to higher energy costs.  
  • Chinese lending to African governments fell 78% to a 16-year low in 2020, new data shows. 
  • Top polysilicon producers in China reported surging first-quarter profits as demand stays strong for the key solar panel material. 
  • received China’s first license to operate autonomous taxis in Guangzhou province. 

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