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Aromatics markets varied

8:27 AM MST | December 18, 2012 | Lindsay Frost

There was plenty of activity to relate in the US Gulf Coast aromatics markets, players say. Spot benzene was reported higher by 15 cts/gal while toluene was said to have dropped a dime. Mixed xylenes saw the December contract agreed at an increase of 35 cts/gal, market watchers say, while spot prices moved even higher 50–60 cts/gal in a broadening trading range. Preliminary reports of a 3-cts/lb decrease in the November styrene contract proved to be incorrect, and the result was a roll at October’s level. Methanol continues firm but even in North...

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