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Slow activity in intermediates

11:30 AM MST | February 19, 2013 | Lindsay Frost

After the January settlements and a flurry of spot-market changes, traders in intermediates report that markets were quiet through the middle of the month. The US para-xylene (p-xylene) contract price, usually the last to be settled, was done higher by 4 cts/lb, while at about the same time both European p-xylene and ortho-xylene (o-xylene) February contracts were agreed higher, €15/m.t. ($20) for p-xylene and €40/m.t. for o-xylene. The February ethylene glycol contract was under heavy discussions after sellers’ offer of a...

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