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Intermediates mostly higher

10:22 AM MDT | September 30, 2013 | Lindsay Frost

Sellers all but ran the table in both spot and contract markets for intermediates over the second half of September. The US ortho-xylene (oX) contract was settled higher by 3 cts/lb, while European para-xylene got a bump of €30/m.t. sellers say. Spot oX gained 2 cts/lb in North America and $60/m.t. in Europe, where spot para- spiked $200/m.t. on strong demand from Asia. Ethylene glycol was settled for September higher by 4 cts/lb in North America and €48/m.t. in Europe. Those agreements pulled spot prices higher, 4 cts/lb in the US and $50/m.t. in...

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