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Aromatics prices mostly up

10:52 AM MDT | May 17, 2013 | Lindsay Frost

Aromatics were firmer on both sides of the Atlantic. Spot benzene and mixed xylenes on the US Gulf Coast gained 10 cts/gal, traders report. Activity was even more brisk in northwest Europe, with benzene higher by $25/m.t., mixed xylenes up $30/m.t., and toluene gaining $10–20/m.t. in a wider trading band. Styrene rose $85/m.t. to a new recent high as a result of capacity out of production. However, buyers expected some units to return to service soon and said they would await lower prices for further interest. Methanol eased off 5 cts/gal from recent spot...

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