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July 7, 2011
Benchmark benzene on the U.S. Gulf Coast sagged 37 cts/gal, which brought contracts level with current spot prices. Spot toluene was a notable gainer for the week, with bids higher by...
July 6, 2011
Propylene prices in Asia fell from USD 1370-1380 to USD 1350-1360 on lower demand. Market sentiments are low and buyers are in a wait and watch mode to buy the product, sources say...
July 5, 2011
PP prices tumbled on a combination of bearish triggers including a slide in propylene feedstock rates, subdued buying trends and ample availability, together, prompted sellers to drop...
June 30, 2011
Spot declines continued for polymers in the second half of June, but about half as steeply as in the first half of the month. Prices were off most sharply in North America, where...
June 29, 2011
Trading was reported thin in North America as players in Canada and the United States wound down in advance of their national holidays this weekend. Among North American feedstocks...
June 29, 2011
Aromatics business was lackluster ahead of the holiday weekend. Benchmark spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf dropped a dime, in anticipation of lower July contract numbers. Styrene slowed...
June 24, 2011
Aromatics markets were  mixed, with U.S. prices generally higher and European numbers lower. Benchmark spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf rose by 5 cts/gal, while toluene was reported...
June 24, 2011
Ethylene price levels moved further south from USD 1120-1130 to USD 1050-1060. Markets are fluctuating as ethylene prices are expected to bounce back in the coming weeks, as Shell...
June 24, 2011
 Chinese polypropylene (PP) prices declined this week, primarily on account of the bearish regional buying trends as sellers continued to far outnumber buyers. In China, domestic...
June 22, 2011
Olefins prices in the U.S. eased this week on lower crude oil prices. Spot ethylene was lower by about 3 cts/lb, while both grades of propylene also fell about 3 cts/lb. Butadiene...
June 20, 2011
PP prices were seen sliding in China as a tumble in propylene feedstock values coupled with the absence of regional buying interest dragged spot prices lower. In China, domestic prices...
June 15, 2011
Buyers ruled polymer markets over the first half of June with both spot and contract prices lower almost across the board, sometimes sharply so. The biggest declines were reported in...
June 15, 2011
Lackluster trading was reported in U.S. Gulf Coast aromatics markets, with little price moment. Mixed xylenes continued their slide, surrendering another 20 cts/gal. The lone gainer...
June 15, 2011
Major petrochemical markets were described as uneven and without direction this week on both sides of the Atlantic. In the U.S., spot ethylene was lower by about 5 cts/lb, while both...
June 14, 2011
Ethylene moved down to USD 1120-1130 from USD 1190-1200. It is expected that the price will further move downward as there is ample availability in the market and the derivative...
June 13, 2011
Prices of polypropylene (PP) declined as a drop in feedstock propylene values coupled with subdued buying trends dragged spot prices lower.   In China where actual user...
June 8, 2011
Petrochemcial prices continued to slide this week, with a few exceptions. Traders say concern over the near-term economic outlook caused buyers to be selective. Both ethane and butane...
June 8, 2011
Isomer xylenes took a pounding as falling prices upstream and down put a pinch on demand. Spot prices for para-xylene plunged $200/m.t. in the U.S. and $250/m.t. in Europe. The June...
June 8, 2011
Aromatics were generally lower, some sharply so, players say. Spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf Coast dropped 30 cts/gal while both toluene and mixed xylenes were off by 20 cts/gal...
June 7, 2011
 U.S. butadiene contracts for the month of June settled at a record high, players say. Tightness in the North American butadiene market has driven up contract prices for the...
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