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Intermediates prices mostly down

It is early in the month for intermediates, but market watchers have reported a few developments. Late-month US para-xylene was delayed more than usual by the unsettled nature of Asian isomer markets, but the consensus March contract was down 6 cts/lb. At the...

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Aromatics spot prices mixed

Spot benzene was higher on both sides of the Atlantic because of rising crude, but smaller volume aromatics could not keep up. On the US Gulf benzene ticked higher 10 cts/gal, but both toluene and mixed xylenes dropped a dime. Spot styrene is said to have...


Intermediates contracts settled

March went out with a flurry of settlements in intermediates markets. The para-xylene (pX) contract in Europe for March was settled at a decrease of €70/m.t. leaving just the usual late-settling US pX contract on the table. The pX contract reduction...


Spot olefin prices higher

Spot olefins turned higher slightly in Europe this week, but spot aromatics were mixed, traders say. Crude oil was higher by a few dollars a barrel, and spot naphtha was reported higher by $10/m.t. That figure was enough upstream support for European cracker...


Polymer prices lower

Spot and export polymer prices were reported lower through mid-March, setting the stage for lower March contract prices. Already, polystyrene (PS) buyers are seeking a decrease of €50/m.t. ($69) in Europe. Export prices in Europe were off $100/m.t. for...



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