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April 2, 2013
Intermediates markets were reported to be very quiet, with traders’ time and attention focused on primary markets and contract settlements around the holidays. Sentiment was...
March 18, 2013
Weakening demand and decreasing prices for feedstocks undercut US ortho-xylene (o-xylene) prices in the first half of March. The monthly contract price was settled down by 10 cts/lb...
March 4, 2013
A two-month deal was arranged in North American para-xylene (p-xylene) markets to bring the price higher by a total of 7 cts/lb. The contract is usually the last among the...
February 19, 2013
After the January settlements and a flurry of spot-market changes, traders in intermediates report that markets were quiet through the middle of the month. The US para-xylene...
February 4, 2013
Intermediate markets were said to be busy over the second half of January, with most contract settlements in place, and brisk activity reported in spot transactions. The biggest...
January 21, 2013
After a quiet start to the year, intermediates markets were coming back to life this week, participants say. The first contract settlement of the year was reported with European...
January 4, 2013
It was a very quiet start of the year for intermediates markets, with the January contact settlements for major commodity petrochemicals only just having been settled. The only...
January 2, 2013
All attention in intermediates markets was turned to contract settlements, as all but the usual laggard US para-xylene were concluded. Para in Europe ticked lower by €5/m.t. while...
December 7, 2012
It was too early in the month for intermediate contract settlements, players say, but there was plenty of activity in spot business. Para-xylene saw some shrinkage, market watchers...
November 27, 2012
Most  intermediate contracts for November were reported to be settled only three weeks into the month. Market watchers note there are usually a few agreements that are not reached...
November 9, 2012
There was not much action to report among intermediates markets for the end of October and into November. European ortho-xylene was reported settled lower by €20 ($25)/m.t. for...
October 26, 2012
Results were mixed in intermediates markets as the last of the October settlements fell into place. The North American para-xylene contract was the last of the isomers to be settled...
October 12, 2012
Spot markets were generally softer this week, but contract settlements were higher, market watchers say. US ortho-xylene tacked on a 2-cts/lb increase for October, but contracts for...
September 26, 2012
After an active start to September, intermediates followed the lead of primary petrochemicals into a quiet second half of the month. Acrylonitrile saw modest multi-month gains...
September 13, 2012
Intermediates markets continued to be strong and active over the first half of September, in contrast to larger primary petrochemcial markets. European isomer xylenes were reported to...
August 31, 2012
Intermediates markets were reported to be strong and active over the second half of August, in contrast to larger primary petrochemcial markets. Isomer xylenes saw the last of the...
August 21, 2012
As is often the case with intermediates, the isomer xylenes led the way again this month with contract settlements. U.S. ortho-xylene was agreed higher by 6 cts/lb, which is being...
August 7, 2012
Despite the dog-day doldrums and mixed economic signals in both U.S. and Europe, traders managed to close out July business in fiber intermediates by the end of the month. The U.S...
July 19, 2012
July settlements continue to roll in for intermediates. The European para-xylene contract was said to be settled lower by €95/m.t. Ethylene glycol for July was agreed on both...
July 6, 2012
A gap had developed in isomer markets with ortho-xylene (o-xylene) July settlements done in both the U.S. and Europe but para- only just being agreed for June. This is not unheard...
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