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Mixed prices for aromatics

September 30, 2013 | Lindsay Frost

Aromatics were reported mixed on the US Gulf Coast, with benzene and styrene flat, toluene down 15 cts/gal but mixed xylenes higher by the same amount. The picture was negative in Europe, where benzene was off $25/m.t. traders report. Toluene was lower by $15/m.t. and styrene was down steeply by $70/m.t. There was an initial agreement on the fourth quarter methanol contract with an increase of €18/m.t. but that was far from universal. Buyers call it a one-off and an overreach. Spot prices did firm by €10/m.t. in response. Methanol was also higher in...

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