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January 21, 2011
The week in Asia witnessed a marginal climb in PP prices as demand trends in China were seen slowing ahead of the approaching lunar holidays, due to begin on Feb 3rd. CFR Far East Asia...
January 21, 2011
After a month becalmed over the holidays, intermediates markets roared out of the gate in the first half of January with gainers running the table. The only exception was January...
January 20, 2011
The petrochemicals market shook off the winter blahs with a will this week. Sellers say they were responding to strong demand in most markets with intermediates in particular roaring...
January 17, 2011
North American propylene contracts have reached a rare multi-tiered settlement for the month of January, market players say. Polymer-grade propylene (PGP) settled at an increase of 17...
January 14, 2011
Polypropylene (PP) prices bolstered in Asia. Prices firmed on the back of a steep climb in upstream prices of propylene and tight availability of prompt cargoes. Supporting the rise in...
January 14, 2011
Crude oil prices rose sharply this week, with Brent jumping $4.27/bbl to $97.15/bbl and West Texas Intermediate gaining $2.60/bbl to $91.53/bbl. Despite that strong move, and despite...
January 12, 2011
Aromatics markets were mostly firmer, if uneven, players say. Bids for spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf Coast rose 10 cts/gal while offers inched higher by half that. Action was thinner...
January 10, 2011
Ethylene prices in Asia strengthened, rising from USD 1140-1150 to USD 1190 due to high demand. It is expected that the demand will go up further in January and should ease a bit with...
January 6, 2011
Aromatics markets were active on both sides of the Atlantic. On the U.S. Gulf Coast, the activity was confined to contract talks, traders say. The January benzene contract was agreed...
January 6, 2011
North American feedstocks were mostly down this week, on directionless crude oil prices. Ethane lost about 2 cts/gal, to 62 cts/gal, while propane was lower by a penny. Butane remained...
January 5, 2011
Naphtha prices maintained at USD 885.0-887.0. Companies using naphtha as a feedstock are facing the brunt on the margin side. Naphtha is very strong whereas the derivatives are cheap...
January 4, 2011
Aromatics markets were hopping at the end of the year. The January benzene contract in Europe was settled sharply higher with an increase of €149/m.t., a rise of more than 20%...
December 30, 2010
As crude oil prices slipped in North America, petrochemical prices were left directionless. U.S. feedstocks were mixed, with ethane falling 2 cts/gal and naphtha lower by 2 cts/gal due...
December 27, 2010
Spot aromatics markets were higher on both sides of the Atlantic. On the U.S. Gulf Coast, benzene was reported higher by 10 cts/gal while toluene and mixed xylenes moved up by 5...
December 27, 2010
Petrochemical market watchers say that year-end increases are a surprise because buyers are working down inventory so offers often go begging. This year, however, with inventories...
December 23, 2010
North American feedstocks were mostly up on rising crude oil prices. Naphtha was up about 4 cts/gal, remaining over the $2/gal mark for the fourth week in a row. Propane was higher by...
December 20, 2010
Prices of PP firmed in China on bullish energy costs coupled with a rise in propylene feedstock numbers and tight availability. CFR Far East Asia prices of PP raffia and PP injection...
December 17, 2010
European polymer price increases dominated market attention in the final full week of trading before the Christmas and New Year holdiays. Higher raw materials prices and constrained...
December 16, 2010
U.S. feedstocks were up this week, with naphtha adding about 2 cts/gal, ethane rising 1 ct/gal, butane up 5 cts/gal and propane higher by 2 cts/gal.  Spot propylene and butadiene...
December 15, 2010
Naphtha price levels rose from USD 830.0-832.0 to USD 845.0-847.0 on strong demand in region. However, demand is expected to decline heading into 2011, as market participants celebrate...
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