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Intermediates market generally unchanged

1:36 PM MDT | September 16, 2013 | Lindsay Frost

Intermediates were said to be quiet over the first half of the month, as often is the case. The notable exception was spot para-xylene (pX) in North America which gained a robust $120/m.t. as the late-breaking August contract settlement firmed market sentiment, players report. The September contract for ortho-xylene (oX) was settled in Europe early, and at only an increase of €5/m.t. at what is essentially a roll from August. Spot ethylene glycol in North America was up 2 cts/lb as production disruptions firmed the market in the midst of the canning...

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