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March 10, 2016
Europe's March styrene customer reference price (CRP) has settled at parity with the barge price at €1,025/m.t., an increase of €100/m.t. over the February settlement.  ...
March 9, 2016
Propylene spot prices in the United States have continued to move up gradually this past week on the back of falling inventory levels and negative ethylene dimerization metathesis economics. US non-fuel use propylene inventories were down slightly in the week ended 4 March, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration on 9 March. It was also the second consecutive week that inventory had come down....
March 7, 2016
Oxea (Dallas) today announced price increases for n-propanol, n-propyl acetate, and n-butyl acetate in Mexico and South America, effective immediately....
March 4, 2016
US ethylene spot prices have moved up this week, despite recent rescheduling that has pushed more cracker turnarounds back into April and May. The olefins market had expected a heavy slate of turnarounds in March, but April is now expected to see the highest amount of offline capacity for 2016...
February 26, 2016
The US March benzene contract is expected to drop for a third consecutive month on the back of weak fundamentals. Ample supply, soft demand and a weak energy market over the past four months have pressured benzene prices lower. Crude oil futures increased steadily this past week, and gasoline futures were more volatile, but the spot benzene market continued to weaken....
February 4, 2016
Americas Styrenics (AmSty; The Woodlands, TX) says it has cut polystyrene prices. Effective 1 February, the transaction price of general-purpose grades of polystyrene (GPPS) has been reduced by 2 cts/lb, and the transaction price of high-impact grades of polystyrene (HIPS) has been reduced by 3 cts/lb....
February 2, 2016
The US January ethylene net transaction contract settled lower for the second consecutive month on Tuesday, coming on the back of strong operating rates, healthy supply and bearish sentiment during January. The January ethylene net transaction (NT) contract price settled at 24.75 cts/lb, down by 1.00 ct/lb from December....
January 26, 2016
US January propylene contracts settled lower on Tuesday, coming on the back of bearish market sentiment and stable inventories. The decline, the first in three months, was in line with weaker spot prices this week....
January 26, 2016
The US February benzene contract is expected to settle by Friday at a second consecutive monthly decline, mainly on continued weakness in energy futures, according to market participants. A decline would parallel the extended downward trend in benzene spot prices....
January 26, 2016
Celanese says it will increase the price of ethyl acetate in Europe and the Mideast by €60/m.t. ($65.06), effective 1 February. The company increased prices in the Americas by 5...
January 26, 2016
ACC’s chemical activity barometer (CAB), a leading indicator of economic activity, was up slightly at 0.1% sequentially on a three-month moving average (3MMA) during January and...
January 21, 2016
US ethylene spot prices hit another seven-year low on Wednesday, amid bearish market sentiment, healthy supply, and limited storage. Ethylene traded on Tuesday at 15.50 cts/lb. The record low for ethylene since IHS Chemical began tracking daily ethylene spot trades in 2002 was 15.25 cts/lb in December 2008....
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