MH Daily Bulletin: October 28

October 28, 2022 • Posted in Daily Bulletin

News relevant to the plastics industry:

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  • Oil rose about 1.3% Thursday on optimism over record U.S. exports.
  • In mid-morning trading today, WTI futures were down 0.9% at $88.18/bbl, Brent was down 1.0% at $96.02/bbl, and U.S. natural gas was down 3.5% at $5.67/MMBtu. Prices are headed for a weekly gain of around 3%.
  • Combined U.S. exports of crude oil and refined petroleum products surged to a record 11.4 million bpd last week.
  • In petrochemicals earnings news:
    • Exxon Mobil beat third-quarter earnings estimates, reporting $19.7 billion in net income, a record. 
    • Chevron reported third-quarter net income of $11.2 billion, beating expectations with its second highest quarterly profit on record.
    • Shell posted near-record quarterly profit of $9.45 billion and said it would raise dividends for the fifth time of the pandemic this fall.
    • TotalEnergies saw record quarterly profit of $9.9 billion, while booking another massive charge of $3.1 billion for its exit from Russia.
    • PetroChina, Asia’s largest oil and gas producer, saw profit jump 60% to $16.66 billion between January and September, while China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) saw an 89.1% profit surge in the third quarter.
  • Oil firms are preparing to abandon Venezuela following years of underinvestment and mismanagement spurred by U.S. sanctions.
  • More oil news related to the war in Europe:
  • U.S. and Western officials are reportedly finalizing plans to impose a cap on Russian oil prices.
  • TerraPower, a small nuclear reactor company backed by Bill Gates, is looking at building five additional reactors in the U.S. West by 2035. 
  • Linde, the world’s largest industrial gases firm, says U.S. investment opportunities could top $30 billion over the next decade as lawmakers push bills to speed up the energy transition. 
  • France’s Engie has acquired over 6 GW of North American green power capacity.
  • The China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is cautioning against governments dropping renewables targets for short-term energy security.
  • By 2030, annual investment in renewables must triple to $1.3 trillion per year if the world is to reach long-term net-zero emissions, experts say.

Supply Chain

Domestic Markets

  • The U.S. reported 56,669 new COVID-19 infections and 539 virus fatalities Thursday.
  • Respiratory illness is surging in the U.S. after two years of pandemic restrictions reduced people’s immunity.
  • Subvariants of Omicron are more likely to evade antibody drugs, new research shows. 
  • Up to one-third of people who recovered from COVID-19 saw symptoms rebound several weeks later.
  • Remote-work positions on LinkedIn are dropping even as demand for the jobs rise, new data shows.
  • The Personal Expenditure price index rose 6.2% in the year that ended in September and the Employment Cost Index rose 1.2% in the latest quarter, indicating inflation pressures continue.
  • The Federal Reserve is widely expected to deliver another 75-basis-point interest-rate hike at its meeting next week.
  • U.S. goods imports expanded 0.8% in September while exports fell 1.5% in the third straight monthly decline.
  • U.S. wholesale inventories rose 0.8% from August to September, the 26th month of growth:
United States Wholesale Inventories
  • New orders for U.S.-made capital goods unexpectedly fell by 0.7% in September, suggesting a loss of momentum in business spending on equipment.
  • U.S. mortgage applications fell 1.7% last week, the fifth week of declines, as interest rates topped 7% for the first time in 20 years.
  • In the latest news from earnings season:
    • Amazon posted its first quarterly profit of 2022 but warned of a sharp slowdown in current-quarter sales amid widespread economic uncertainty.
    • Apple saw record revenue of $90.1 billion in the third quarter despite a miss on iPhone and services sales.
    • Facebook parent Meta lost nearly 25% of its market value Thursday, or $85 billion, just a day after reporting falling revenue and climbing costs.
    • Caterpillar’s sales climbed by 21% as the company sold more equipment at higher prices for the construction and energy markets.
    • Unilever raised its full-year outlook after lifting prices by an average of 12.5% in the third quarter, making up for a modest decline in unit sales.
    • Southwest Airlines said delivery delays for its Boeing jet orders prevented it from fully capitalizing on strong travel demand in the third quarter.
    • Comcast posted a dip in quarterly revenue as a slowdown in its media segment offset strong growth elsewhere.
Advertisers Hit the Brakes Amid Economic Uncertainty
  • Defense contractor Northrop Grumman said full-year results would be on the lower end of forecasts amid lingering supply-chain snags and higher costs.
  • Merck raised its outlook after posting a 14% rise in sales, led by growing demand for its oncology treatments.
  • Gilead Sciences’ third-quarter profit and sales blew past estimates on strong demand for its COVID-19 treatments.
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, saw better-than-expected earnings on strong sales in Mexico and South Africa.
  • McDonald’s smashed quarterly targets but said it is bracing for an economic downturn in the U.S. and Europe.
  • Mastercard topped quarterly expectations even as spending growth slowed to its lowest level in more than a year.
  • Carbon became the latest prominent 3D printing company to announce staff reductions in the face of an industry slowdown. 

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