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February 14, 2012
Aromatics markets were reported much more mixed on both sides of the Atlantic. Spot prices were said to be flat on the U.S. Gulf Coast, with the exception of mixed xylenes, which...
February 9, 2012
Major petrochemical markets continued to advance in aggregate, but without the pace or uniformity of previous weeks. Also of note, West Texas Intermediate crude oil, which had closed...
February 8, 2012
Polyolefins prices continue to firm, but very unevenly, players say. In particular buyers say North American sellers have overpriced their market. Sellers counter that they are just...
February 7, 2012
Ethylene prices have moved up to USD 1200-1210 from USD 1150-1160  due to strong crude and derivative products and strong buying trends among end user segments. It is expected...
February 6, 2012
Gains in spot aromatics were relatively small, traders report, because the action was concentrated on sellers consolidating recent spot gains into contract settlements. The benchmark...
February 6, 2012
Escalating tensions in the Mideast and continued signs of economic recovery in North America combined to drive petrochemical prices higher. Spot naphtha in northwest Europe rose a...
January 30, 2012
Polyolefins secured solid gains in both contract negotiations and in export markets on both sides of the Atlantic, players say. In January settlements, high-density polyethylene (HDPE)...
January 27, 2012
A U.S. propylene producer has nominated a 22-cts/lb increase for February contracts, market players say. The nomination is a 40% premium to current propylene contracts of 56 cts/lb for...
January 27, 2012
Spot benzene and mixed xylenes on the U.S. Gulf Coast gained 20 cts/gal, building on advances of previous weeks. But spot toluene was flat, and spot styrene slipped a penny a pound. In...
January 26, 2012
A U.S. propylene producer has nominated a 22-cts/lb increase for February contracts, market players say. The nomination is a 40% premium to current propylene contracts of 56 cts/lb for...
January 19, 2012
The last of the December contracts for isomer xylenes fell into place this week, with ortho-xylene for Europe settled at a decrease of €20/m.t., players say. In line with that...
January 19, 2012
Aromatics continued their winning ways, but not quite at the same pace as in the first few weeks of the year. On the U.S. Gulf both spot benzene and toluene gained 5 cts/gal. Players...
January 19, 2012
January continued strong for petrochemcial prices in Europe. Spot naphtha tacked on another $10/m.t. but spot olefins were beyond relying on upstream increases to support higher...
January 18, 2012
U.S. butadiene spot prices soared this week, adding about 30 cts/lb week-on-week. The reason behind the price push was short supply and healthy demand, combined with renewed buying...
January 18, 2012
U.S. benzene contracts were settled higher by 70 cts/gal for January, up more than 23% from December, and spot aromatics prices have shot even higher as multiple forces combine to...
January 12, 2012
With the North American turnaround season is beginning to gear up, U.S. ethane prices have fallen 7% since the start of the year, to about 68 cts/gal, as a result of reduced operating...
January 11, 2012
North American polyolefin producers say they were able to achieve an increase of 5 cts/lb on all types of polyethylene for the December contract, as well as 4 cts/lb in polypropylene...
January 11, 2012
Aromatics were reported to be varied, but generally higher. Spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf rose $20/m.t. but the big gainer for the group was spot toluene, higher by half a dollar in...
January 11, 2012
January is off to a running start in petrochemical markets, with producers holding the upper hand. Spot naphtha in northwest Europe was reported higher by $30/m.t., but cracker...
January 11, 2012
North American feedstock prices were mixed this week. Ethane fell about 4 cts/gal, while propane was lower by about 6 cts/gal. Naphtha rose about 8 cts/gal, while butane was unchanged...
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