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Aromatics Relatively Higher in U.S. and Europe

9:12 AM MST | March 2, 2011 | Lindsey Bewley

Aromatics markets were more mixed on both sides of the Atlantic. U.S. Benzene producers say they were disappointed with the 4 cts/gal increase secured for the March contract, as nominations had been considerably higher, market players say. Spot benzene was essentially even with two weeks ago, and off 25 cts/gal from in peak late in February, market watchers note. Spot toluene and mixed xylenes were both reported higher by 5 cts/gal, while spot styrene was said to be off by 2 cts/lb. Styrene had been firm lately, but buyer urgency evaporated with news that...

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