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Polymer prices drop

Polymer prices were generally lower over the first half of May, but results were widely scattered. May contracts in North America were down by 2 cts/lb for polypropylene (PP) as well as for general-purpose polystyrene (PS), and down 5 cts/lb for high-impact...

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Spot aromatics prices mixed

Spot aromatics business was widely different on opposite sides of the Atlantic this week, with prices lower on the US Gulf and higher in Europe. Spot benzene on the US Gulf was off 5 cts/gal, while mixed xylenes dropped a dime, traders say. Styrene...


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...


Olefins contract talks vary

As June olefins contract talks in Europe come down to their final days, there seems to be little common ground. Sellers have ideas of a roll to an increase of €20/m.t. Buyers are adamant that the huge gulf between spot and contract prices obliges sellers...


Polymer markets steady

Polymer markets were reported quiet through the second half of May, with attention turning to contract settlements in monomer markets. Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) for export rose $120/m.t. in North America and $100/m.t. in Europe traders report...



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