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Aromatics prices mixed

9:19 AM MDT | June 24, 2013 | Lindsay Frost

As if to confirm the ambivalence of US aromatics markets, the June mixed xylenes contract was settled down by just 2 cts/gal. That left the European spot aromatics market as the nexus of action. Benzene was said to have gained $20/m.t., while toluene tumbled $50/m.t. Spot styrene was said to be off $15/m.t. after a recent run-up. The third-quarter posting price for methanol was rolled from the second quarter, adding to the air of stasis in the week. Methyl tert-butyl ether bucked the trend, however, recovering the $40/m.t. it lost in recent...

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