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Mixed prices in aromatics

10:56 AM MST | January 2, 2013 | Lindsay Frost

In aromatics, spot benzene on the US Gulf ticked higher by 5 cts/gal, but mixed xylenes were reported lower in a narrowing trading range as buyers reduced bids by 5 cts/gal and sellers chased them down by 15 cts/gal on offers. Styrene, responding to production outages, rose 3 cts/lb. In Europe, the only movers were benzene and styrene, traders report. Benzene spiked $30/m.t. while styrene soared $80/m.t. Methyl tert-butyl ether was the big gainer for the week, charging up $160/m.t. in thin but volatile...

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