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June 3, 2011
The ball was back in the North American court in the second half of May as export polymer prices continued their trans-Atlantic balancing act. This time it was North American prices...
June 3, 2011
Spot naptha in northwest Europe was higher by $15/m.t. but the focus in olefins was downstream where the June contract for butadiene rocketed higher by €270/m.t. on strong demand...
June 3, 2011
Aromatics markets were mixed but generally on the softer side as June contracts were settled on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Benzene tumbled 29 cts/gal, while mixed xylenes were lower in the...
June 2, 2011
Naphtha moved up from USD 957.0-957.0 to USD 970.0- 972.0 on fluctuating crude prices. It is expected that prices will move northward and should be close to USD 980.0 - 990.0 in the...
June 2, 2011
Olefins and feedstocks were mostly mixed in North America early this week in post-holiday trading. Ethane lost about 1 penny, while both butane and naphtha edged higher by 1 ct/gal...
May 26, 2011
Ethylene prices drastically moved down this week from USD 1280-1290 to USD 1240-1250 as end use markets are sluggish. Operating rates are low due to the reduction in market demand...
May 25, 2011
Intermediates markets were said to be out of phase, with the U.S. May contract for para-xylene finally being settled as discussions for pX in Europe as well as ortho-xylene on both...
May 25, 2011
Between tornadoes in the U.S. central states and continued flooding along the Mississippi River, there was little interest reported in petrochemical markets. Stable crude oil and...
May 25, 2011
Feedstocks in North America were mostly down this week on falling crude oil prices. Ethane shed 2 cts/gal, propane fell 4 cts/gal and butane was lower by about 3 cts/gal. Naphtha...
May 20, 2011
Prices of PP softened due to a drop in propylene feedstock rates coupled with subdued demand trends pressured prices of PP lower across the region with buying trends in China seen very...
May 19, 2011
Even as producers on both sides of the Atlantic beat the drum for May price increases, export prices from North America eased lower in the first half of the month in the face of buyer...
May 19, 2011
Spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf saw a widening trading range as buyers took bids lower by 20 cts/gal but sellers would only decrease their offers by 15 cts/gal. Spot toluene was reported...
May 19, 2011
Buyers ruled petrochemical markets this week, running the table with sizeable decreases in all major commodities. The pace was set with spot naphtha in northwest Europe, lower by...
May 17, 2011
 North American feedstock prices were much lower on the back of falling crude oil prices. Ethane fell about 10 cts/gal, butane was lower by 12 cts/gal, propane fell about 7...
May 13, 2011
Intermediates markets were preoccupied with contract settlements this week. U.S. ortho-xylene for May was agreed higher by 3 cts/lb, while both oX and para-xylene for May in Europe...
May 12, 2011
Aromatics were lower, but uneven. Trading was scant on the U.S. Gulf Coast as plants and customers in the southeast recovered from devastating tornadoes, and facilities along the...
May 9, 2011
Butadiene contracts for the month of May settled at an increase of 20 cts-22 cts/lb in another split settlement that saw three producers settle at $1.41/lb while one producer settled...
May 6, 2011
Naphtha fell to USD 1085.0-1087.0 on CFR Far East basis. It is expected that the prices will fall further in coming weeks on lower crude oil prices.    Ethylene price levels...
May 6, 2011
PP buying has mellowed in key markets like China. With converters disinterested in purchasing, the undercurrent has turned bearish and most players are prepared to see prices of PP...
May 4, 2011
Spot aromatics on the U.S. Gulf were tightened sharply by power outages to Texas City that took three refineries out of service. Benzene was higher by 10 cts/gal, while toluene rose...
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