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Celanese (CE) to Hike Prices of Acetyl Intermediate Products

Celanese Corporation CE announced that it will increase the list and off-list selling prices for certain acetyl intermediate products, including Vinyl Acetate Monomer and Acetic Anhydride. The price hike is effective immediately or as contracts allow.

The company will raise the price of Vinyl Acetate Monomer in China by RMB 200/MT. Prices in Asia (outside China) are slated to increase by $50/MT. The prices of Acetic Anhydride will be raised in the U.S. & Canada, Latin America and Europe by $0.025/LB, $60/MT and €50/MT, respectively. Celanese will also hike prices for Ethyl Acetate in Europe by €150/MT.  

The company is increasing prices of various products due to a rise in raw material costs. Celanese witnessed raw material price inflation in its Acetyl Chain business in the last reported quarter. The company’s pricing actions are expected to support its margins and top line in 2017.

Celanese has outperformed the Zacks categorized Chemicals-Diversified industry in the last three months. The company’s shares have moved up around 9.7%, compared with roughly 6.2% gain recorded by the industry.  

 

Celanese’s strategic measures including cost savings through productivity actions are expected to lend support to its earnings in 2017. The company is also likely to gain from capacity expansion and growth initiatives like acquisitions. Moreover, Celanese remains focused on returning value to shareholders.

Celanese Corporation Price and Consensus

 

Celanese Corporation Price and Consensus | Celanese Corporation Quote

Celanese currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some better-ranked companies in the basic materials space include The Sherwin-Williams Company SHW, Ternium S.A. TX and Hitachi Chemical Company, Ltd. HCHMY. All three stocks sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks Rank #1 stocks here.

Sherwin-Williams has expected long-term earnings growth rate of 11.4%.

Ternium S.A. has expected long-term earnings growth rate of 18.4%.

Hitachi Chemical has expected long-term earnings growth rate of 5%.

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