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Aromatics Prices Mixed, Mostly Drop

12:06 PM MDT | September 21, 2012 | Lindsay Frost

Aromatics were mixed but lower overall. Spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf was reported off by 20 cts/gal, players say, while toluene dropped a dime. In Europe benzene was the loss leader for the group, dropping $130/m.t., traders report. However, there was considerable strength reported in toluene, which gained $140/m.t., and mixed xylenes, which rose $100/m.t., sources say. Derivative demand was said to be the source of the strength. Styrene followed its feedstocks down, shedding $50/m.t. European methanol contracts for the fourth quarter were reported to have...

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