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Bromine price is stable this week (10.31-11.4)

1、 Price trend

 

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According to the monitoring of the data of the large list of business cooperatives, the price of bromine kept stable this week. The average market price from the beginning of the week to the end of the week was 49800 yuan/ton, down 27.7% year on year. On November 3, the bromine commodity index was 174.74, unchanged from yesterday, down 28.73% from the highest point 245.18 (2021-10-27) in the cycle, and up 196.57% from the lowest point 58.92 on October 29, 2014. (Note: Period refers to 2011-09-01 to now)

 

2、 Market analysis

 

This week, the bromine price was weak and consolidated, the overall market turnover was average, and the shipment was made at a small margin. Recently, the downstream flame retardant and intermediate industries have been lack of support, and the supply and demand of bromine are relatively sufficient. However, the market establishment is still dominated by rigid demand procurement, and there is a phenomenon of taking advantage of opportunities to lower prices.

 

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In terms of raw materials, the domestic sulfur price fell this week. The average market price at the beginning of the week was 1310 yuan/ton, and the average market price at the weekend was 1250 yuan/ton. The price fell 4.58%, down 41.13% year on year. At present, the sulfur market is mainly wait-and-see. Affected by the increase in port arrivals, the downstream demand of refineries in East China is weakened, and at the same time, due to the impact of public health events, transportation is limited, enterprises have difficulty shipping, and the market trading atmosphere is poor. It is expected that the sulfur market will consolidate and operate in the short term.

 

According to the analysts of the business society, the price of bromine is weak in the near future. The downstream flame retardant and intermediate industries of bromine are generally supported in the near future. The supply and demand of both sides are playing a game. Bromine enterprises intend to stabilize the price, but there is an opportunity to depress the price in the downstream. It is comprehensively expected that the short-term bromine price will consolidate and operate, depending on the downstream market demand.

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Arrangement of ethanol market

According to the sample data monitored by the business community, from October 31 to November 4, the domestic ethanol market was on the sidelines. At the beginning of the week, the average price of domestic ethanol producers remained at 6762 yuan/ton, and at the end of the week, it reached 6750 yuan/ton. The price fell 0.18% within the week, 0.18% month on month, and 0.37% year-on-year.

 

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The price range of the domestic ethanol market was volatile, and the short-term price was hardly boosted, with a small downward trend as the main trend. The price of raw corn fluctuated, the starting load of downstream chemical acetate was stable, and the demand decreased. Stable load arrangement on the plant surface, and weak price operation on the ethanol market.

 

From the aspect of raw materials and cost, the business community monitored that the domestic corn market price was relatively strong, rising 0.20% from 2801 yuan/ton at the beginning of the week to 2807 yuan/ton at the end of the week.

 

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From the perspective of downstream products, the commencement of downstream ethyl acetate basically remained stable, and the price market was stable. The business community monitored that the price of ethyl acetate remained at 6950 yuan/ton at the beginning and end of the week, with steady rise and fall.

 

In the short term, the price of corn is mainly stable, and the supply in the later period is increased, which may be weak. The downstream ethyl acetate operates weakly and stably. The ethanol analysts of the business community predicted that the domestic ethanol market would be weak in the short term.

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Hydrofluoric acid price trend rose this week (10.31-11.6)

According to the monitoring of the business community, the domestic price of anhydrous hydrofluoric acid has risen. As of the 6th day, the market price of hydrofluoric acid was 11128.57 yuan/ton, up 6.42% from the beginning of the week’s price of 10457.14 yuan/ton.

 

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The price of anhydrous hydrofluoric acid in China has risen. Recently, the epidemic situation has been repeated in some parts of the north, some devices have been shut down, and the spot supply of hydrofluoric acid has decreased. The operating rate of hydrofluoric acid declined in the overhaul of some manufacturers in the south, which affected the price trend to rise. Up to now, the mainstream of hydrofluoric acid negotiation in the southern region is 11100-11500 yuan/ton, and the price of hydrofluoric acid in the northern market is 11200-11600 yuan/ton. In terms of export, the export price is higher than the domestic market price due to problems such as content and packaging. The export price is about 13000 yuan/ton.

 

The market price of raw material fluorite rose. As of the weekend, the average domestic fluorite price was 3187.5 yuan/ton, up 0.99% from 3156.25 yuan/ton at the beginning of the week. Since April, the price of fluorite has risen unilaterally. Since the middle of October, the price has reached a high level. At present, the price is at the peak of the year. The operating rate of fluorite mines remains low. Mining enterprises are facing increasingly stringent safety and environmental protection requirements, resulting in insufficient operation of fluorite mines. There is a shortage of fluorite raw materials in China. The commencement of fluorite flotation is limited, and the spot supply is insufficient. In addition, the import of fluorite is limited. The epidemic situation in Inner Mongolia is serious, the transportation of fluorite is difficult, and the supply of fluorite is very tight. The cost of hydrofluoric acid drives the market up.

 

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The market of the downstream refrigerant products of the terminal is average, and the operating rate of the refrigerant industry is maintained. At present, the price trend of refrigerant R22 is temporarily stable, the market supply is normal, and the demand for R22 market applications is guaranteed. The market quotation of R22 is in the range of 18000-19000 yuan/ton. The domestic R134a price has not changed much. The price of trichloroethylene is temporarily stable, and the cost support is still in place. The focus of R134a trading remains stable. At present, the R134a market quotation is in the range of 25000-26000 yuan/ton. Previously, downstream refrigerant enterprises were all trading at a loss in order to compete for HFC production quota. With the implementation of three generation refrigerant quota, the history of quota competition in the refrigerant industry is coming to an end, and the price of hydrofluoric acid is rising due to the cost.

 

In the future, the fluorine chemical industry has improved, the price of raw materials fluorite has remained high, the price of sulfuric acid raw materials has risen, and the price trend of downstream refrigerant products has temporarily stabilized. In addition, the domestic supply of hydrofluoric acid has been slightly strained recently, and the upstream and downstream of the industrial chain are well supported. Chen Ling, a hydrofluoric acid analyst from the business community, believes that the price trend of the hydrofluoric acid market may rise slightly in the future.

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Market price of epichlorohydrin fell due to weak supply and demand support (10.31-11.4)

According to the bulk list data of business cooperatives, as of November 4, the average price quoted by epichlorohydrin enterprises was 9306.67 yuan/ton, down 4.38% compared with the price on Monday, 17.40% compared with the price on October 4, and 18.60% year-on-year in a three-month cycle.

 

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The epichlorohydrin market was weak this week, and the trading atmosphere was light. From the perspective of supply and demand: some devices at the supply end are in a shutdown state, but the downstream is not in a good mood to purchase raw materials. The market supply is sufficient, and the inventory is under pressure. The cargo holder gives up profits to ship, and the excess supply drags the focus of epichlorohydrin market negotiation downward.

 

From the upstream and downstream perspective: raw propylene. According to the data monitoring of the business community, the domestic propylene (Shandong) market fell slightly this week, and rebounded slightly at the weekend. The average price of the Shandong market at the beginning of the week was 7136 yuan/ton, and the average price at the weekend was 7000 yuan/ton, with a weekly drop of 1.91%. The raw glycerin was weak, and its cost was limited in terms of epichlorohydrin support. Downstream epoxy resin. On November 3, the liquid epoxy resin market in East China continued to decline. The market negotiation price was 17100-17800 yuan/ton. The overall negotiation and the last trading day fell by 200 yuan/ton, which was insufficient to support the epichlorohydrin market.

 

According to the epichlorohydrin analysts of the business community, the current cost support is average, the supply side is sufficient, and the demand is weak. It is expected that the epichlorohydrin market will be weak in the short term. More attention should be paid to the market news guidance.

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ABS peak season gains give back

Price trend:

 

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According to the bulk list data of business cooperatives, the domestic ABS market rose in October and then fell back, and the spot prices of various brands rose first and then fell. As of October 31, the average price of mainstream offer of general-purpose ABS was about 12050 yuan/ton, up or down by -6.23% compared with the price level at the beginning of the month.

 

Factor analysis:

 

Industrial chain: In terms of raw styrene, the market price of styrene fell this month, and rose slightly at the end of the month, but the range was limited. In the first half of the month, the port inventory kept rising, the domestic styrene supply increased synchronously, and the domestic market witnessed warehouse building, which was difficult to support the styrene market. In the second half of the month, we went to the warehouse slightly, and in addition, many styrene manufacturers had maintenance plans in the fourth quarter, so the spot market of styrene slightly corrected. However, the international crude oil futures declined, the petrochemical industry chain was weak and consolidated, and the rise of styrene spot market was limited under the weakening of costs. It is expected that the styrene market will still be weak in the short term

 

In October, the domestic acrylonitrile market was positive and continued to rise. Since September, domestic acrylonitrile enterprises have successively stopped operation and reduced load. At present, the acrylonitrile industry has started to operate at a lower level, with the overall load of the industry at about 60% to 70%, and the supply side pressure has eased compared with the previous period. The downstream acrylic fiber and acrylic fiber started to improve, and acrylamide and nitrile rubber started to work stably. The demand side of acrylonitrile during the Jin Jiu Yin Shi period was relatively strong. At present, on the one hand, the pressure on the supply side is not big, on the other hand, the demand continues to just need support; Acrylonitrile market is expected to remain high in the short term. However, the acrylonitrile industry has just undergone capacity expansion, so it is recommended to pay close attention to the information on industry load.

 

The domestic butadiene market continued to decline in October. The contradiction between supply and demand in the market was highlighted. The quotations of major manufacturers were lowered, and manufacturers in Northeast China were bidding for export to increase market circulation. At the same time, the downstream synthetic rubber market is weak, and the price difference between upstream and downstream continues to narrow. The butadiene market is difficult to get a positive boost from the downstream market, and the poor trading atmosphere brings drag on the market. It is expected that the domestic butadiene market will continue to decline in the short term.

 

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In this month, the three upstream materials of ABS cost side showed a mixed trend, and the support of ABS cost side weakened. In terms of industry load, the current ABS industry load is high, maintained at a high level of 890%, and the supply side is under pressure due to the continuous abundance of goods on the market. In terms of demand, this month’s market continues the double festival stock up surge of last month, which is also the traditional peak demand season “Silver Ten”. However, with the end of stock up of terminal enterprises in the early stage, including the main downstream household appliances industry, the overall trading and investment in the market has declined. After the festival, there was no rising atmosphere in the market, and buyers did not accept the high offer well. The market momentum was affected, and the polymerization plant lowered the factory price. Near the end of the month, traders increased their interest giving and order taking operations.

 

Future market forecast:

 

Analysts from the business community believe that the ABS spot market fell after rising in October, and the three upstream materials rose and fell, weakening the support for the ABS cost side. The load of domestic industry is high, the spot supply is abundant, and the market demand is gradually weakening. Some terminal enterprises have digested the inventory in the early stage, and the supply of high priced goods is not smooth. It is expected that ABS spot market may be weak in the short term.

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Brief Description of Mixed Xylene Trend in October (October 1 to October 28, 2022)

1、 Price trend

 

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According to the bulk list data of business cooperatives, the price of mixed xylene rose rapidly after the festival, and began to weaken continuously in the last ten days. The price of mixed xylene was 8020 yuan/ton on October 1 and 8230 yuan/ton on October 28, up 2.62% from the beginning of the month and 20.5% from the same period last year.

 

2、 Analysis and review

 

During the National Day, supported by the wide rise of crude oil, domestic mixed xylene rose along with it. Due to the weak performance of the terminal gasoline market affected by the epidemic situation, the price has fallen continuously. In addition, the downstream chemical products just need to follow up, and the demand side of mixed xylene performs poorly. The price has fallen since the middle of this month. The overall supply of mixed xylene market is tight, the factory inventory pressure is small, supporting the price, and the decline is limited.

 

In terms of crude oil, due to the OPEC+meeting’s decision to significantly reduce production from November, crude oil rose broadly during the National Day holiday. However, in the context of multi country interest rate hikes, economic data is weak, and oil prices continue to play a game around demand concerns and supply shortages. As of October 28, Brent rose by 7.81 dollars/barrel, or 8.88%; WTI rose by 8.41 dollars/barrel, or 10.58%.

 

In terms of external market, the price of Asian mixed xylene in external market rose slightly this month. On October 28, South Korea imported mixed xylene at a price of US $985/ton, up by US $12.5/ton month on month, or 1.29%.

 

In terms of PX market, domestic PX prices stabilized after rising this month. The price at the beginning of the month was 9000 yuan/ton, and the price at the end of the month was 9300 yuan/ton, 3.33% higher than the beginning of the month, and 27.4% higher than the same period last year.

 

In terms of OX market, OX in East China stabilized after rising this month, with the price at the beginning of the month at 9000 yuan/ton and at the end of the month at 9600 yuan/ton, 6.67% higher than the beginning of the month and 39.13% higher than the same period last year.

 

In terms of gasoline, the price of gasoline in Shandong Province fell continuously this month. The price at the beginning of the month was 8693 yuan/ton, and the price at the end of the month was 8329 yuan/ton, down 4.19% from the beginning of the month and 3.88% from the same period last year.

 

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3、 Future market forecast

 

On the cost side (crude oil), the market is worried about the economic and demand prospects under the background of multi country interest rate increases; However, OPEC+plans to reduce production, and the geopolitical situation still worries about the tension of energy supply. It is expected that the international oil price will continue to play a long short game with a volatile trend. In the future, we will continue to pay attention to the geopolitical situation, the latest production capacity policy of OPEC+, the stock dynamics of U.S. crude oil and refined oil, and the impact of global economic conditions on crude oil prices.

 

In November, the demand side of mixed xylene may continue to weaken, and the price may continue to weaken. Continue to pay attention to the impact of crude oil market, external market trend, mixed xylene unit dynamics, port inventory and downstream demand on mixed xylene prices.

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MTBE market fell again in October

After the National Day holiday, the MTBE market rose by a narrow margin. However, with the low price shock of crude oil and the sluggish demand for gasoline and diesel, the MTBE market turned upside down and went down unilaterally. By the end of the month, although there was a slight recovery, the overall market was still lower. According to the data of the business community, the MTBE price at the beginning of the month was 7250 yuan/ton, and the MTBE market price at the end of the month was 6940 yuan/ton. The price fell 4.28% within the month, with the maximum amplitude of 7.52%, down 5.35% year on year.

 

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At the beginning of this month, crude oil once again opened a downward channel, the market became pessimistic again, the downstream demand gradually weakened, and with some inventories accumulated during the festival, businesses were willing to destock, and the MTBE market price once again entered a downward adjustment

 

In the middle of this month, the trend of international oil prices continued to decline, the gasoline market also continued to fall, and the downstream demand for raw materials weakened. In addition, the market supply is relatively abundant, and the market supply exceeds the demand. The sales of merchants are blocked, and the domestic MTBE market continues to decline.

 

At the end of this month, the MTBE market continued to decline by about 50-100 yuan/ton. The low level of international oil prices shocks the domestic market mentality.

 

In terms of external market, as of the closing on October 27, the closing price of the Asian MTBE market had risen by 44 dollars/ton compared with the previous trading day, and FOB Singapore closed at 910.99-912.99 dollars/ton. The closing price of European MTBE market decreased by 12.75 dollars/ton compared with the previous trading day, and FOB ARA closed at 1102.49-1102.99 dollars/ton. The closing price of the US MTBE market rose by 22.69 US dollars/ton compared with the previous trading day, and the FOB Gulf price closed at 1221.55-1221.9 US dollars/ton (344.10-344.20 US cents/gallon).

 

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Region/. country., closing price/. rise and fall

Asia/. FOB Singapore/. 910.99-912.99 USD/ton/. 44 USD/ton

Europe/./ FOB ARA/. 1102.49-1102.99 USD/ton/. -12.75 yuan/ton

US/. FOB Gulf/. 1221.55-1221.9 US dollars/ton/. 22.69 US dollars/ton

 

Recently, the price has rebounded slightly after falling to a low level, and the market demand has increased, but there will be no significant change. MTBE analysts from the business agency believe that in the short term, the domestic MTBE market situation may be low.

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In October, the market of cis polybutadiene rubber was weak and declined

In October, the market of cis polybutadiene rubber was weak and declined. According to the data monitoring of the business community, the price of cis polybutadiene rubber was 12210 yuan/ton as of October 30, down 6.22% from 13020 yuan/ton at the beginning of the month. Although the downstream commencement in Jinjiu peak season is not as good as that in previous years, it has slightly increased compared with the early stage, which has a certain need for support for cis-1,4-polybutadiene rubber. In addition, at the beginning of the month, the raw material price rose significantly, which promoted the rise of cis polybutadiene rubber on the cost side; In the middle of the month, some enterprises started to shut down their Shunding plants and reduce the load, reducing the pressure on the supply side of Shunding, and supporting the Shunding market; At the end of the month, the price of raw materials fell sharply, and the rise of cis-1,4-polybutadiene rubber was limited by the drag of cost.

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Supply side: In October, the construction of cis-1,4-polybutadiene rubber was still at a high level, and the pressure on the supply side of cis-1,4-polybutadiene rubber remained unchanged. Under the pressure of supply side, cis-1,4-polybutadiene rubber is weak.

 

Cost: butadiene prices fell sharply in October, and the cost was not supported by cis-1,4-polybutadiene rubber. According to the monitoring of the business community, as of October 31, the price of butadiene was 7603 yuan/ton, down 8.43% from 8303 yuan/ton at the beginning of the month.

 

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In October, the natural rubber market went down all the way, and the substitution advantage of cis-1,4-polybutadiene rubber was no longer, which had a negative impact on cis-1,4-polybutadiene rubber. As of October 31, the price was 11170 yuan/ton, down 9.26% from 12310 yuan/ton at the beginning of the month.

 

Demand side: The commencement of tires in major downstream consumer industries in October was slightly lower than that in September. According to the business community, in mid October, the commencement of all steel tires in Shandong was around 5.2%, and the commencement of semi steel tires was 6.5% (the commencement load in September was 5.9%, and 6.3% respectively), which had weak support for styrene butadiene rubber.

 

Future market forecast: according to the analysts of the business community, the supply side of cis polybutadiene rubber remained loose in October, and the pressure on cis polybutadiene rubber continued to increase in the later period. In addition, the cost side was lower, and the demand side was weak. It is expected that cis polybutadiene rubber will continue to decline in November.

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In October, domestic sulfuric acid price rose 41.22%

Recent domestic sulphuric acid price trend

 

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As can be seen from the figure above, the domestic sulfuric acid market price rose sharply in October. The market price of sulfuric acid rose from 296.00 yuan/ton on October 1 to 418.00 yuan/ton on October 28, an increase of 41.22%. The price at the end of the month fell 52.50% year-on-year.

 

On October 27, the ammonium sulfate commodity index was 126.36, up 0.56 points from yesterday, down 21.89% from the peak of 161.78 points (2022-03-20) in the cycle, and up 244.77% from the lowest point of 36.65 points on June 23, 2014. (Note: Period refers to 2011-09-01 to now)

 

Weakened upstream support and better downstream demand

 

From the manufacturer’s quotation, the price of domestic mainstream sulphuric acid manufacturers rose and fell with each other this month, and the manufacturer’s inventory was small.

 

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From the perspective of upstream and downstream industrial chains, the upstream sulfur market rose first and then fell this month. The sulfur price fell from 1486.67 yuan/ton at the beginning of the month to 1350.00 yuan/ton at the end of the month, a decline of 9.19%. Compared with the same period last year, it fell 36.42% year on year. The upstream cost support was weakened, which had a negative impact on the sulfuric acid market. The downstream hydrofluoric acid market rose slightly. The ex factory price rose from 9985.71 yuan/ton at the beginning of the month to 10442.86 yuan/ton at the end of the month, an increase of 4.58% and a year-on-year decrease of 20.59% compared with the same period last year. The downstream ammonium sulfate market rose slightly, with the price rising from 1440.00 yuan/ton at the beginning of the month to 1510.00 yuan/ton at the end of the month, an increase of 4.86% and a year-on-year decrease of 20.80%. Downstream market rose slightly, and downstream manufacturers became more active in purchasing sulfuric acid.

 

The market rose slightly after shocks

 

In the first ten days of November, the domestic sulfuric acid market rose mainly due to slight fluctuations. Although the upstream sulfur price fell slightly, the price was at a high level, which provided some support for the price of sulfuric acid. The downstream market of hydrofluoric acid and ammonium sulfate rose slightly, the downstream procurement of sulfuric acid became more active, and the product trend rose under the contradiction between supply and demand. According to the sulfuric acid analysts of the business community, the short-term sulfuric acid market may rise slightly under the influence of supply and demand, raw materials and other aspects, mainly finishing.

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The pressure of supply and demand increases, and the high level of liquid ammonia falls back this week

This week (10.17-21), the domestic liquid ammonia market declined. After a sharp rise in September, the market gradually fell from a high level this week. The supply has changed from tight to loose. The amount of ammonia released in Shandong, Hebei, Hubei, Hunan, Fujian, Southwest and other major production areas has increased, and the price has also decreased to varying degrees. According to the monitoring of the business community, the drop of liquid ammonia in Shandong was 1.82% this week, and the mainstream price of liquid ammonia in this area was 3900-4100 yuan/ton near the weekend.

 

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From the supply side, the ammonia release in the main production areas increased sharply this week. Since last weekend, the shipments in Shandong, Hebei, Hubei, Hunan and Fujian have increased significantly, and with the effect of manufacturers’ successive price reductions, the shipment has become more powerful. Moreover, due to the downward price of urea, many enterprises have switched to liquid ammonia production, and the short-term ammonia volume has increased significantly, so the supply pressure has increased significantly.

 

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On the end, the downstream demand for liquid ammonia is sluggish, and the focus of urea trading has moved down significantly. According to the monitoring of the business community, urea fell 1.92% this week. As of the 21st, the mainstream ex factory price of urea in Shandong was 2400-2500 yuan/ton. The main reason is that the downstream industrial demand has weakened, and the operating rate of plates is generally low. In addition, the demand for compound fertilizer has declined at the end of the autumn peak fertilizer season, and the agricultural demand has entered the slack season. The price of urea dropped from a high level.

 

Future market forecast:

 

Analysts from the business community believe that the current market atmosphere is weak due to the increased pressure on supply and demand. The risk on the supply side is still increasing. The amount of ammonia released by enterprises may only increase but not decrease in the later period. On the contrary, agricultural demand enters the slack season, and downstream procurement will continue to slow down. Therefore, ammonia prices will continue to be under pressure next week.

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