59.72 -0.09 (-0.15%)
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|Bid||59.71 x 800|
|Ask||60.21 x 800|
|Day's Range||59.67 - 60.65|
|52 Week Range||58.10 - 102.48|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.47|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||6.57|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||6.21 (10.40%)|
|1y Target Est||93.25|
SINGAPORE/TOKYO (Reuters) - A massive surge in China's manufacturing capacity for paraxylene, a petrochemical used to make textile fibres and bottles, could force leading exporters in Japan and South Korea to cut production as early as the second quarter of 2020. China will add about 10 million tones of paraxylene manufacturing capacity from March 2019 to March 2020, according to company reports and officials, that is enough for making 22 trillion 500-millilitre plastic bottles. The world's top consumer of paraxylene (PX), China imports 60% of its need for the chemical to feed polyester demand that has more than doubled since 2010.
(Bloomberg) -- The imminent overhaul of global ship-fuel regulations is finally delivering a long-awaited benefit to Asian oil refiners.Profits from turning crude into diesel in the second half of 2019 are forecast to be about 31% higher than the first six months, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Margins have already expanded around 40% since late April as International Maritime Organization rules that prohibit ships from using dirty fuel from Jan. 1 are set to bolster diesel demand, while cutting fuel oil use.It’s taken a while though. In the first half of the year, margins were in freefall as a slew of refinery startups in Asia flooded the market and the trade war between Washington and Beijing weighed on demand. Refiners in China, South Korea and Taiwan were forced to reduce operating rates due to poor margins and a fuel glut. Output cuts from OPEC+ also squeezed the flow of heavier crude, raising the costs for many Asian buyers that rely on Middle Eastern oil.“Diesel will be a beneficiary of the transition,” Nikhil Bhandari, an analyst at Goldman, said by phone. “The impact of IMO 2020 to the spot refining margins we believe will start from the fourth quarter of this year.”See also: Fitch Solutions Sees Large Spike in Diesel Price Due to IMO 2020The new IMO rules have been in the pipeline since 2016, but have started to throw oil markets around the world into disarray as they draw near. Goldman described the transition as one of the largest one-time reductions in sulfur specification in the history of energy fuel markets. While shippers will still be able to use dirty fuel if they add special pollution kits, many are adopting a wait-and-see mode to installing the equipment.Diesel MarginsIn Singapore, diesel crack spreads are forecast to average $17.60 a barrel during the second half of the year, compared with $13.40 during the first six months, according to Goldman, provided the global economy doesn’t fall into recession and crimp demand. Diesel cracks are forecast to improve further to about $19 in 2020, according to Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Profit margins from cracking Dubai oil into diesel was at $16.14 at 4:30 p.m. Singapore and has averaged $16.39 so far this month.Tighter gasoline supply will also support an overall improvement in Asian refining margins, Goldman said. Heavy residue like vacuum gasoil can be used more as IMO-compliant fuels, meaning less volumes will be cracked into gasoline, the bank said.China’s biggest refiner China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., or Sinopec, and India’s Reliance Industries Ltd., are among Asian processors that are poised to benefit from IMO 2020, according to Bernstein. Sinopec’s margins are likely to be boosted by about 40% next year from the second quarter.Improving margins are also starting to boost demand for low-sulfur crudes with a high diesel yield. A shipment of Russia’s Sokol was recently sold at about $5.80 a barrel premium to its benchmark price, the strongest since May, while an Australian Pyrenees grade was sold at a premium of about $14.50, compared with early-2017 when it traded as low as $1.60.“Gasoil has been strong in Asia and Chinese domestic margins are also picking up,” said Senthil Kumaran, Singapore-based senior oil analyst at industry consultant FGE. “Refining margins are robust, encouraging refiners to run at elevated levels in the coming quarters.”(Updates with diesel cracking margin price in sixth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Sharon Cho in Singapore at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Serene Cheong at email@example.com, Ben SharplesFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Moody's Investors Service has assigned an A1 senior unsecured rating to the USD senior unsecured notes to be issued by Sinopec Group Overseas Development (2018) Limited and guaranteed by its parent, China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec Group, A1 stable). Proceeds from the notes will be used to refinance Sinopec Group's existing indebtedness and for general corporate purposes. The A1 rating on the notes reflects the irrevocable and unconditional guarantee from Sinopec Group.
While China's efforts to increase output may offset production decline from aging oilfields, it is not likely to reduce its dependence on foreign oil and gas imports.
SINGAPORE/BEIJING (Reuters) - China's fuel producers are making extended curbs to their output in the third quarter after supply from mammoth new refineries stoked an already-sizeable glut, potentially dragging on crude oil demand from the world's biggest importer of the commodity. Private refiner Hengli Petrochemical ramped up its 400,000-barrels per day (bpd) plant in northeast China to full capacity in May, while Zhejiang Petrochemical began trial runs around the same time at a similar-sized refinery on the east coast. The swollen surplus of fuel products could also send China's fuel exports surging to new highs and further pinch Asian refining profits.
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Two bipartisan bills have been introduced over the last few months aimed at going after Chinese companies that don’t comply with auditing rules in the U.S.
WASHINGTON/HONG KONG, June 5 (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday to force Chinese companies listed on American stock exchanges to submit to regulatory oversight, including providing access to audits or face delisting. Chinese authorities have long been reluctant to allow overseas regulators to inspect local accounting firms - including member firms of the Big Four international accounting networks - citing national security concerns. In spite of a 2013 agreement that ended a stalemate over the issue and allowed U.S. regulators to request audit working papers in China, there have been difficulties in actually gaining access.
Exporting natural gas by setting up large liquefication plants is a very capital-intensive undertaking, with each unit running up multi-billion-dollar bills.
SINGAPORE/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Trading companies Vitol and Unipec are sending around 700,000 tonnes (5.1 million barrels) of contaminated Russian oil to Asia in an attempt to place the barrels rejected by buyers in Europe, according to trading sources and ship tracking data. Vitol has sold its cargo to Chinese independent refiner Bora Group while Unipec is moving the oil to refineries in China owned by its parent company China Petroleum and Chemical Corp (Sinopec), the sources said. The vessels heading to China include the 130,000-tonne Suezmax tanker, Sonangol Rangel, that loaded oil from Denmark's Skaw ship-to-ship transfer area on May 15.
Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review in which Moody's reassessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers. This publication does not announce a credit rating action and is not an indication of whether or not a credit rating action is likely in the near future.
[Editor's note: This story was previously published in January 2019. It has since been updated and republished.]Even though things have gotten back to normal since the beginning of the year, concerns about volatility still weigh on many people's minds. While there's often more reward when you take risk, there's also nothing wrong with safe, reliable bets to get you through the tough times as well. * 7 Stocks to Buy That Ought to Buy Back Shares Below are 10 A-rated stocks that the smart money is piling into. That means all score A ratings for Momentum in my Portfolio Grader, and there is significant activity in buying by institutional investors.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips ServiceNow (NOW)ServiceNow Inc (NYSE:NOW) is the next iteration of CRM-focused systems, but it is all cloud-based. Also, it has a deeper amount of architecture and design ability that many customer resource management systems don't have.It has a solid $34 billion market cap, which means that it has a sizable enterprise-level client base and it is no longer and spry up-and-comer. It is a respectable provider of cloud computing solutions.The stock is up 63% in the past 12 months, and up 52% this year.If the economy stays strong and the various trade wars get worked out, NOW has plenty of potential in and beyond 2019.Source: SarahTz Via Flickr China Petroleum & Chemical Corp ADR (SNP)China Petroleum & Chemical Corp ADR (NYSE:SNP) is better known in the West as Sinopec. It's the largest oil and petrochemical products supplier in the world. It's the second-largest oil and gas producer in China, the largest refining company and the second-largest chemical company in the world. And its total number of gas stations put it at No. 2 in the world.Suffice it to say, it's a major integrated energy company. And the crazy thing is, it only started in 1998. Most massive energy companies hark back to exploration and production in the 1800s. * 7 A-Rated Stocks That Are Under $10 Sinopec has grown massively since its founding and it has now come to experience a downturn in the energy patch for the first time since its ascent. And the volatility is still present.So far this year, SNP is up more than 7% and delivering a solid 8.14% dividend. Source: Shutterstock Veeva Systems (VEEV)Veeva Systems Inc (NYSE:VEEV) has a unique niche that will pay off handsomely over the coming years. Don't get me wrong, it's doing well now -- the stock is up more than 100% in the past 12 months and 62% in 2019 -- but it is becoming the major player in a niche that will only grow.It specializes in creating cloud-based software solutions for the life sciences industry.That may not sound very sexy, but when you consider the graying of the populations in developed nations, the demand for better healthcare in China, India and beyond, you have a lot of potential. And VEEV is the top player.Source: Shutterstock Ecopetrol SA ADR (EC)Ecopetrol SA ADR (NYSE:EC) is the largest energy company in Colombia. While that may not sound incredibly impressive, Colombia has a lot of major exploration and production (E&P) companies there.What's more, given the implosion of major South American producer Venezuela and the political turmoil in Brazil, Colombia is a steady, reliable energy partner.In the past, E&P was tough because there was a low-intensity civil war going on and a significant drug trade that was all happening in the same parts of the country. * 7 Cloud Stocks to Buy Now But now that's past, and the rebels are negotiating with the government. The government is more stable and predictable and energy prices are on the rise. All good news for EC.Up 12.5% since 2019 began, it also offers a respectable 7.8% dividend.Source: Shutterstock Abiomed Inc (ABMD)Abiomed Inc (NASDAQ:ABMD) is a stock that I have been singing the praises of for a while now. It is a specialized company that is the leader in a technology that is going to increase in demand globally for many years to come.What's more, its $15 billion market cap means it can grow organically or, it is the perfect size for a major healthcare firm to snap it up at a significant premium and just plug it into its broader scope of products.Either way, investors will be well rewarded.ABMD make the smallest heart pump in the world. And given the fact that developed nations are seeing baby boomers gray, this type of device is only going to grow in demand. Be warned, it gave back every gain from last year and 10% more, but coming into earnings this stock is ready to pop.Source: IDelearn via YouTube Tableau Software (DATA)Tableau Software Inc (NASDAQ:DATA) as you may have guessed by its ticker symbol specializes in business intelligence and data analytics software. Basically, that means you can take your company's data and create data visualizations and explore data in a number of ways that previously would have taken experts to build and deliver. * 7 Dividend Stocks That Could Double Over the Next Five Years It's a niche company that offers a powerful tool for enterprise and smaller businesses looking to get more from their data and allow their people to understand more about the numbers.Up more than 40% in the past 12 months, it's off to a slow start so far this year, but has big prospects.Source: Web Summit Via Flickr Twilio (TWLO)Twilio Inc (NYSE:TWLO) is a cloud-based communications platform built for developers.One of the new forms of delivering services to consumers is with application program interfaces (APIs). Here's a metaphor to help you understand the power of APIs in our new app-driven world. Say you're a customer in a restaurant.The API is the server and the company you are communicating with is the chef. 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It's expecting to bring three RNA-based drugs to market in 2020 and capture about 30% of the DMD market. * 7 Tech Stocks With Too Much Risk, Not Enough Upside There's a growing demand for effective drugs that can treat chronic diseases, SRPT is well positioned for growth or a buyout at a significant premium.Source: OFFICIAL LEWEB PHOTOS via Flickr Zendesk (ZEN)Zendesk Inc (NYSE:ZEN) is part of the new boom in omnichannel customer service support. Essentially, that means ZEN provides an online platform to integrate a company's customer service so that it is available for all departments to see and follow up on.Nowadays there are numerous channels for customers and potential customers to use for feedback, follow-ups, queries, etc. ZEN provides companies with an efficient way for a customer's email query to get linked to their interaction with a chatbot and the phone call they made the other week.Customer resource management is a big deal and numerous companies are now carving up that market and disrupting it. ZEN is succeeding in doing just that.Up 81% in the past 12 months, it's off to a strong start in 2019 as well, up 58%.Source: Bixentro via Flickr Match Group (MTCH)Match Group (NASDAQ:MTCH) is the parent company of some of the most well-known sites on the web. 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The Beijing-based company said it had net income of $1.81 per share. Earnings, adjusted to account for extraordinary items, came to $1.76 per share. The energy and chemical company posted revenue of $106.34 ...