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Celanese (CE) Set to Raise Global Prices of Acetyls Products

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Celanese Corporation (CE - Free Report) will raise global list and off-list selling prices of various acetyls products. The hike will be put into effect immediately for orders shipped or as contracts permit.

The company will raise prices of Acetic Anhydride by €150/MT in EMEA, 5 cents per lb in USA and Canada as well as $150/MT in Mexico and South America. Prices of Ethyl Acetate will be hiked by €100/MT in EMEA, 5 cents per lb in the USA and Canada and $125/MT in Mexico and South America. Globally, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate (SAIB) and Propionic Anhydride prices will be lifted by $5,000/MT and $1,200/MT, respectively.

In a year’s time, Celanese has underperformed the industry it belongs to. The stock has lost around 4.7% against the industry’s fall of 0.6%.


 

Celanese, last month, raised its adjusted earnings per share guidance for 2018 to roughly $10.90-$11.10 factoring in strength in Engineered Materials (EM) and Acetyl Chain units. The company expects the momentum in Acetyl Chain and EM to continue in the rest of 2018. EM segment is expected to maintain the pace of earnings growth with traction from new projects and bolt-on acquisitions.

The chemical maker benefited from gains in its EM and Acetyl Chain units in the third quarter. Higher pricing across these businesses also supported the results.
 
However, Celanese saw lower pricing in the quarter at its Acetate Tow segment due to reduced industry capacity utilization, partly masked by mix and productivity gains. 

Celanese Corporation Price and Consensus

Zacks Rank & Other Stocks to Consider

Celanese carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

A few other top-ranked stocks in the basic materials space are CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF - Free Report) , The Mosaic Company (MOS - Free Report) and KMG Chemicals, Inc. .

CF Industries has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 6% and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The company’s shares have gained 44.4% in the past year. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Mosaic has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 7% and a Zacks Rank #1. The stock has rallied 57.9% in the past year.

KMG Chemicals has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 28.5% and a Zacks Rank #2. Its shares have risen 44.6% in a year’s time.

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