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Aromatics prices mixed

1:38 PM MDT | September 16, 2013 | Lindsay Frost

Spot benzene on the US Gulf slipped 5 cts/gal, according to market watchers, losing half of last week’s gain. Toluene continued its slow rise, adding 10 cts/gal, while mixed xylenes continued their slow decline, off another 5 cts/gal. That brought the price level with the September contract settlement, which was sharply higher by 33 cts/gal. Spot styrene ticked lower by 2 cts/lb, players say. In Europe, the pattern was the same. Benzene was off $20/m.t., while both toluene and mixed xylenes gained $10/m.t. Styrene was the loss leader for the the week, off...

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