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Rare Europe-to-Asia arbitrage opens as Europe's benzene market lengthens

9:33 AM MST | February 25, 2015 | Victoria Dimmock

A rarely seen arbitrage between Europe and Asia for benzene has opened and reportedly been worked as Europe still struggles to deal with length in its domestic system heading into March. Given recent expansions in Asia's aromatics capacity, the more usual...


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China's January CPI rises slowest since November 2009

China's consumer price index (CPI) for January inched 0.8% higher year-on-year, down from 1.5% in December 2014 and its slowest increase since 0.6% in November 2009, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Tuesday. The NBS names rising food prices as a...

Styrene spot prices up, Europe most expensive region

Styrene monomer spot prices have risen sharply in the last week, jumping from $900/m.t. fob Rotterdam to $1,020/m.t. fob Rotterdam between 30 January and 9 February—continuing a bull run, which began in the last 10 days of January, when Europe went from...

Americas Styrenics cuts polystyrene prices

Americas Styrenics says it is cutting transaction prices for all grades of polystyrene (PS) by 9 cts/lb, effective 1 January. The cut will “supersede all previously announced price changes,” the company says. Americas Styrenics, one of the largest...

ICL raises prices of phosphorus-based flame retardants

ICL Industrial Products, a segment of Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv), announced price increases of 5-10% for selected phosphorus-based registered-Fyrol flame retardants. The price increases are effective immediately, or as contracts...

IHS cuts 2015 crude oil price forecast sharply

IHS has cut its crude oil forecast sharply with the latest dated Brent projections lowered by about $22/bbl in 2015 and $11/bbl in 2016, according to IHS December Global Crude Oil Markets Short-Term Outlook. As a result, dated Brent is now expected to average...

Bearish sentiment dominates December styrene contract price talks

European styrene monomer contract prices for December look set to fall by well over €100/m.t. ($125) based on raw material moves, but following a strong margin gain for producers in November's discussions, the overall size of the expected fall remains...

Europe's toluene December contract discussions start against difficult backdrop

Discussions for the December contract price for toluene in Europe are said to be starting but with an even more difficult backdrop than usual. The illiquid nature of the European spot market means that there are few opportunities for a level to be tested...

Europe's December ethylene and propylene contracts settle down

Europe's December ethylene contract has been confirmed settled at €1010/m.t. del ($1,261.50), down €50/m.t. from November, according to IHS Chemical data.  In addition, Europe's December propylene contract has also been finalized at...

Zeon hikes prices of hydrocarbon resins

Zeon (Tokyo) is increasing the price of its Quintone hydrocarbon resins by 5–7%, equivalent to $220/m.t., effective 15 October 2015. The price will rise to about $4,400/m.t., the company tells CW. Zeon says the increase is necessary to improve...

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