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September 30, 2011
Declines persisted through the end of September in most major petrochemical markets, players say. Despite some near-term firming in crude-oil and feedstock markets, depressed demand...
September 29, 2011
In aromatics there had not been any contract settlements by midweek, but spot activity was said to be lower. Benzene on the U.S. Gulf declined by 10 cts/gal, while toluene tumbled 25...
September 22, 2011
The makings of a rout were brewing in polymer markets this week, with producers all but abandoning plans for September price increases. Sellers retrenched, rolling the nominations into...
September 22, 2011
Benchmark spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf was lower by 15 cts/gal, but spot toluene managed to eek out a net gain with bids rising 10 cts/gal against offers holding steady. In Europe...
September 22, 2011
On the heels of grim economic news out of Europe, and no end in sight to the Greek debt crisis, commodity markets tumbled this week, oil and chemicals included. Spot naphtha in...
September 19, 2011
In contrast to the larger-volume primary petrochemicals isomer xylenes showed the only strength in contract settlements. European para-xylene sellers secured an increase of...
September 14, 2011
Aromatics on either side of the Atlantic moved in synch, with all spot markets reported lower except for mixed xylenes. They were said to hold steady as some good demand numbers were...
September 14, 2011
North American feedstocks were up on higher crude oil prices. Ethane rose about a half a penny while both propane butane gained 1 ct/gal. Naphtha rose about 10 cts/gal.  Spot...
September 12, 2011
The last of the major aromatics contracts were settled on either side of the Atlantic, with mixed xylenes in North America agreed lower by 8 cts/gal and the September barge price for...
September 2, 2011
As demand for PP further slowed, sellers were forced to reduce their rates. Reports of high volumes of unsold stock with regional traders coupled with falling propylene feedstock...
September 2, 2011
North American feedstock prices were mixed at the start of September. Ethane fell about 0.5 cts/gal, while naphtha followed crude oil prices lower, shedding 15...
September 1, 2011
It was a slow-moving month among intermediates, with August contract settlements only just being completed for isomer xylenes in time to begin September discussions. U.S. para-xylene...
September 1, 2011
Benchmark benzene on the U.S. Gulf Coast settled lower by 12 cts/gal for the September contract, while styrene was rolled from the August contract level. Spot aromatics were quiet...
August 31, 2011
Naphtha prices moved from USD 940.0 - 942.0 to USD 945.0-947.0 on rising crude oil prices. Ethylene price levels maintained at USD 1100-1110. A number of plants have been in the past...
August 25, 2011
Polymer markets were all over the map through the second half of August. In North America, polypropylene (PP) producers secured gains of 4-6 cts/lb for the current month contract, and...
August 25, 2011
Spot naphtha rose $45/m.t. this week in northwest Europe, buoyed by recovering markets for ethylene and propylene. Spot ethylene edged higher by €20/m.t., but C3 markets saw...
August 25, 2011
Aromatics were uneven on both sides of the Atlantic. Benzene and toluene were said to be level in spot trading, while mixed xylenes added a healthy 25 cts/gal, players say. The ragged...
August 11, 2011
Trading was reported uneven in polymer markets, with U.S. July contract prices for polyolefins confirmed sharply lower, much to the disgust of producers. The average decline was around...
August 11, 2011
Spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf Coast sank 30 cts/gal while spot toluene plunged 55 cts/gal, traders report. At the same time sellers say the August contract for benzene jumped 44...
August 11, 2011
U.S. feedstocks moved lower this week on falling crude oil prices and dismal news from the financial sector. Ethane fell about 14 cts/gal while butane fell about 15 cts/gal. Propane...
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