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July 19, 2012
Strong firming was reported in primary hydrocarbon markets, with crude oil higher by an average of $6/bbl and natural gas on the Henry Hub stabilizing at around $2.85/million Btu...
July 19, 2012
Aromatics were mixed, players say. Spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf Coast shed a token 5 cts/gal, but toluene was traded higher in a widening trading range. Sellers lifed offers by 10...
July 13, 2012
June contract prices for polymers were lower across the board, buyers report, but sellers note that the decreases were not as much as were anticipated, and that demand is showing signs...
July 12, 2012
Aromatics were sharply higher week-on-week, led by benchmark benzene, which skyrocketed 80 cts/gal on the U.S. Gulf Coast and $120/m.t. in northwest Europe. Spot toluene on the U.S...
July 12, 2012
Hints of firming were reported in primary hydrocarbon markets, with crude oil higher by $4 to $6/bbl and natural gas on the Henry Hub stabilizing at around $2.75/million Btu...
July 6, 2012
Petrochemcial traders say they welcomed the relative calm of the North American holiday week and the start of quieter summer business after a tumultuous first half of the year. The...
July 6, 2012
There were broad July settlements in aromatics, with benzene on the Gulf Coast agreed higher by 20 cts/gal, but in Europe both benzene and styrene were lower: benzene was done at...
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...
July 3, 2012
North American ethylene contracts for the month of June have initially settled at a decrease of 7.25 cts/lb, to 39 cts/lb, on lower spot ethylene values as well as decreased demand...
June 29, 2012
Spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf Coast logged a meaningful increase of 15 cts/gal while toluene tagged along with a gain of 5 cts/gal. The same two commodities were lower in northwest...
June 22, 2012
Petrochemical prices were lackluster in the third week of June. Ethane was stable at about 30 cts/gal. Butane tumbled about 10 cts/gal, to 94 cts/gal, while propane fell 4 cts/gal, to...
June 21, 2012
Naphtha price levels continued to slide this week to USD 760.0 – 762.0 as compared to USD 785.0 – 787 last week on FOB Korea basis. This is due to downward movement of...
June 21, 2012
Most June contracts were settled by the summer solstice with the usual laggard, U.S. para-xylene, trailing the field. U.S. ortho-xylene was agreed lower by the anticipated 4 cts/lb...
June 21, 2012
Gulf Coast aromatics were weak and weaker, with spot benzene slumping 15 cts/gal. Toluene tumbled 25 cts/gal and mixed xylenes plunged 45 cts/gal, or 11.5%.  In Europe spot...
June 12, 2012
Gulf Coast aromatics were a bright spot of the week for sellers, with spot benzene rising 40 cts/gal in response to unexpectedly strong demand, market sources say. Toluene and mixed...
June 12, 2012
After steep declines through May, polymer markets were reported to be relatively quiet. Buyers were said to be lacking interest, and sellers were said to be looking for signs of...
June 7, 2012
Continuing the calm pace of trading from earlier in May, intermediates staged a slow retreat early in June, led by an early settlement in the European ortho-xylene price, which...
June 6, 2012
Aromatics contracts were reported settled early in the week, with June benzene on the U.S. Gulf Coast declining 11 cts/gal. That is still well above prevailing spot prices, which were...
June 5, 2012
U.S. ethylene contracts for the month of May have settled at a decrease of 9 cts/lb, to 46.25 cts/lb, on lower spot prices and reduced production costs. The settlement reflects a...
June 1, 2012
Ethane fell about 6 cts/gal, while propane declined by the same amount. Butane dropped 11 cts/gal, while naphtha was lower by about 15 cts/gal. Among spot olefins, ethylene dropped to...
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