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December 3, 2012
Polymer markets were reported becalmed as pre-holiday orders ended and end-of-year inventory reductions have not quite begun in earnest. Spot polypropylene in Europe was reported lower...
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...
September 21, 2012
Export and contract prices moved in opposite directions in North America through the middle of September, sources say, with low-density polyethylene (LDPE) down $100/m.t. in spot...
September 13, 2012
Considerable activity was reported in European aromatics marketwhere strong derivative demand was said to catch the market unawares. Buyers say they found scant volumes and producers...
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 28, 2012
Late summer trading in major petrochemical markets was unusually active, with production and logistics problems plaguing North American styrene markets. Styrene prices hit a high of 70...
August 28, 2012
North American aromatics markets were lower, with BTX in a rare coordinated retreat—down 10 cts/gal—market watchers report. As noted for styrene, existing plant outages...
August 22, 2012
North American feedstock prices were mixed, with ethane down about 2 cts/gal and propane down a penny. Butane gained about 4 cts/gal, and natural gasoline added 7 cts/gal. Both grades...
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 21, 2012
Aromatics traders reported active business on both sides of the Atlantic: mostly lower on the U.S. Gulf Coast and higher in Europe. Spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf led the way down...
August 10, 2012
With crude oil prices rising an average of $4/bbl week-on-week and a pickup in downstream demand that was stronger than anticipated, major commodity chemical prices pushed higher...
August 10, 2012
For the first time in many months, spot and contract price changes in thermoplastics were reported to be modest through the end of July and into August. Increases in spot polyethylene...
August 10, 2012
Aromatics contracts were concluded on both sides of the Atlantic. Benchmark benzene for August on the U.S. Gulf Coast rose a robust 30 cts/gal, while styrene tacked on 3 cts/lb...
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...
August 7, 2012
Feedstock prices in North America are on an upswing. Ethane was stable at about 35 cts/gal, while butane was higher by 7 cts/gal, in a widening range. Both natural gasoline and propane...
August 7, 2012
There was no clear overall trend in the aromatics markets. The only news driving the market was a rash of styrene outages: Styrolution declared force majuere on styrene out of Sarnia...
July 26, 2012
Spot olefins prices moved higher this week, supported by the momentum of rising feedstock prices and positive news for polymer markets in the late summer and early autumn. In North...
July 26, 2012
Spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf plunged 55 cts/gal, but remained above July contracts. Both spot and contract prices are quoted fob. Spot toluene skidded 15 cts/gal, but mixed xylenes...
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 19, 2012
Ethylene price levels moved up to USD 1050-1060 as compared to USD 890-900 last week. This is the effect of the increasing crude prices and the movement down the value chain. It is...
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