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      Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (July 30, 2021)

      The economic reports were largely positive this week. New home sales disappointed as rising prices push more potential homeowners out of the market. [That hasn’t been said in 15 years!] Consumer confidence is holding steady, and spending echoes...

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      Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (July 23, 2021)

      The economic reports were few but largely positive. The housing sector seems to be regaining some dynamism and the sole regional manufacturing survey shows further gains into July. Overall railcar loadings confirm this. It is official, the...

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      Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (July 16, 2021)

      It was a busy week and the economic reports were, for the large part, positive. The labor market continues to improve. Retail sales bounced back as more states reopened. Weakness in the supply chain, however, hampered some segments. Small business...

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      Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (July 9, 2021)

      The economic reports were few, but all were positive. The services economy is expanding a still solid pace as is wholesale trade, and labor markets appear to be slowly returning towards normal. Turning to chemistry, global chemical industry...

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      Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (July 2, 2021)

      And just like that, 2021 is half over; only 175 shopping days until Christmas. The economic reports were positive this week. Consumer confidence improved further. Construction spending edged lower, but moved up; light vehicle sales fell back as...