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May 31, 2012
Aromatics were mixed and volatile on the cusp of June contract settlements. Spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf Coast saw buyers drop bids by 15 cts/gal, but sellers would not budge. Toluene...
May 24, 2012
After a furiously busy late April and early May, intermediates markets settled down for the rest of May. The two outstanding isomer xylenes contracts for May were reported to be...
May 23, 2012
Aromatics were generally reported to be stronger this week, but with notable exceptions. Spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf zipped higher by 15 cts/gal, reversing several weeks of weakness...
May 23, 2012
Continued weakness in crude oil and the growing financial crisis in Europe caused petrochemical markets to plunge for another week. North American butane was unchanged, while ethane...
May 18, 2012
Bad news upstream in monomers and downstream in end use markets vexed spot polymer markets in Europe, with low and linear low-density polyethylene off $50/m.t., high-density PE lower...
May 18, 2012
Continued weakness in crude oil and the growing financial crisis in Europe caused petrochemical markets to plunge this week. Ethane and propane were both lower by 6 cts/gal, while...
May 18, 2012
In aromatics bellwether spot benzene skidded 30 cts/gal on the U.S. Gulf Coast, with toluene close behind with a decline of 25 cts/gal. Mixed xylenes were the notable exception, with a...
May 17, 2012
Carrying through from an active end of April, intermediates markets were remained busy through early May, with most contract prices being agreed already. Para-xylene was settled...
May 14, 2012
North American feedstocks prices were mixed. Ethane rose about 4 cts/gal, while butane was lower by 9 cts/gal. Propane ticked lower by 2 cts/gal. Among spot olefins, ethylene fell 8...
May 14, 2012
Losses were scattered and relatively slight among aromatics. Spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf Coast was lower by 5 cts/gal for the second week in a row, while spot styrene gave up the 2...
May 4, 2012
 North American feedstocks tumbled this week, despite rising crude oil rices. Players say there is enough interest in purchasing, but there has been some lengthening in the market...
May 3, 2012
Most of the attention in polymer markets was focused on Europe, where operating problems plagued no fewer than four different polyethylene (PE) operations around the continent. Market...
May 3, 2012
Declines accelerated in European olefins. The May ethylene contract was settled lower by €20/m.t., a disappointment to producers who were hoping to hold the line at a roll from...
May 3, 2012
Benzene contracts were agreed higher for May on both sides of the Atlantic, but spot aromatics did not get much of a lift from those. On the U.S. Gulf Coast, May benzene was settled...
April 26, 2012
North American feedstocks were mixed. Ethane rose 2 cts/gal while propane was lower by about 2 cts/gal. Butane added 1 ct/gal. Among spot olefins in the U.S., ethylene gained a penny...
April 26, 2012
Spot aromatics were reported to be highly variable for the week. Benzene was higher on the U.S. Gulf Coast by a substantial 15 cts/gal, and also in northwest Europe by $40/m.t. Styrene...
April 26, 2012
In a clean sweep for the first time in many months, all of the major intermediates contracts were settled before the last week of the month. That said, there was no uniformity to...
April 20, 2012
Petrochemical prices were lower this week in a broad but not uniform decline. Ethane was flat at about 50 cts/gal, while butane was lower by about 2 cts/gal. Propane, however, fell...
April 19, 2012
Aromatics were traded raggedly, players say. Spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf Coast was unchanged for the second week in a row, but the bounced higher by $50/m.t. in Europe, reversing a...
April 19, 2012
After a flurry of changes, mostly increases, at the end of March, April opened relatively quietly for polymers, traders report. Export prices from North America only saw small-scale...
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