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Aromatics Uneven in U.S. and Europe

12:22 PM MST | February 16, 2011 | Lindsey Bewley

North American aromatics markets were similarly uneven, but to the higher side. Both spot benzene and mixed xylenes on the U.S. Gulf was said to be higher by 15 cts/gal but other aromatics were quiet. MX was pulled along by significantly higher isomer prices downstream. European aromatics business was more uniformly stronger, players say. Benzene and toluene rose by $10/m.t. while mixed xylenes were higher by $20/m.t. Styrene was the winner for the week, with sellers raising offers by $$30/m.t. and buyers willing to follow as far as $20/m.t. Methyl tert-butyl...

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