In the fourth quarter, the emphasis shifts to planning for
next year. Many hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) companies
have completed third-quarter earnings report and are gauging
how their performance measured up to their goals as
well as their performance against last year metrics. Likewise,
the think-tank agencies have reviewed third quarter earnings
reports for HPI companies and are preparing their forecast for
the industry, in some cases with a 30-year view.