On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of April 1

Caution ahead in petrochemicals.  Chemical & Engineering News 4/6
“The petrochemical industry is spooked.  Shale gas in the US and a long economic expansion brought a decade of unprecedented prosperity for the industry. But speakers at the World Petrochemical Conference, put on in San Antonio last month by the consulting group IHS Markit, warned of threats to the new order. . . .”

U.S. Said to Set 2025 Target for China to Fulfill Trade Pledges.  Bloomberg 4/3
“The trade deal that the U.S. and China are crafting would give Beijing until 2025 to meet commitments on commodity purchases and allow American companies to wholly own enterprises in the Asian nation, according to three people familiar with the talks. . . .”

Trump’s aides warn him border shutdown would be disastrous.  Politico 4/2
“President Donald Trump’s senior economic aides are scrambling to impress upon him the potentially dire economic costs of his threat to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border, according to two people familiar with the matter.  . . .”

Cyber criminals using tactic to spread to other connected networks, research finds.  The Hill 4/2
“Cyber criminals who have infiltrated one group’s networks are increasingly using a tactic known as “island hopping” to enter other connected networks, security researchers warned Tuesday. . . .”

Manufacturing activity rebounds in March, construction spending hits 9-month high in February.  CNBC/Reuters 4/1
“U.S. manufacturing activity rebounded a bit more than expected in March, according to an industry report released on Monday, as production, new orders and hiring all picked up. . . .”