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U.S. Contracts Expected to Dip; Europe Contracts May Roll Over

6:07 AM MDT | August 7, 2007 | Gregory Dl Morris

U.S. Gulf Coast buyers say they are close to securing a 1-ct/lb decrease in the July butadiene contract, bringing prices to 57 cts/lb, del. The June contract was agreed to as a rollover from May, at 58 cts/lb. Spot prices are holding at just a penny or so above current contract numbers, but are down from recent highs of the low-60’s. In Europe, meanwhile, negotiations for third-quarter butadiene contracts are at a standstill and are likely to result in a rollover of the second-quarter price of €895/m.t., market watchers say. Two other major European...

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