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February 7, 2014Styrene monomer margins have been squeezed in Europe following the settlement of the February contract price. However, market activity in January and February tends to be seasonally...
February 7, 2014North American polyethylene (PE) contracts for January rolled over from December, according to a recent report from IHS Chemical. However, producers have announced a 4-cts/lb increase...
February 7, 2014North American demand for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has been strong, supply is tightening, and, with construction season approaching, producers aim to increase prices. “There is a...
January 24, 2014Benzene spot prices in the United States leaped almost 10%, to an average of $5.30/gal, during the week ended 16 January, pushing the arbitrage window wide open to Asian producers, say...
January 24, 2014Demand for acetic acid is strong in North America, with vinyl acetate monomer units running hard and deicer demand robust due to recent cold weather in many parts of the United States...
January 24, 2014Polystyrene (PS) producers in North America announced a 6-cts/lb price increase for January for all grades of PS, says IHS Chemical. High benzene spot prices are expected to support...
January 24, 2014Europe’s acetone market remains in a lull, says IHS Chemical. Supply is comfortable, although the restart of a major methyl methacrylate unit has set the market on a path toward...
January 24, 2014IHS Chemical expects polypropylene (PP) prices in North America for January to rise on high demand and increasing feedstock costs. Sales in December 2013 were strong, since buyers...
January 24, 2014Ethylene prices have continued to rally in Asia owing to currently tight supply and upcoming steam cracker maintenance that is scheduled to coincide with the period of derivative...
January 17, 2014Contract and spot polyethylene (PE) prices have been increasing in the European market in recent weeks. Spot PE has been €1,300–1,380/m.t. ($1,771–1,880) del northwest...