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Olefins prices mostly up

12:06 PM MST | January 13, 2014 | Lindsay Frost

Commodity petrochemical markets got back to normal business this week, with olefins generally firm but aromatics softer, players say. Spot naphtha in northwest Europe gained $15/m.t. but the bigger boost for olefins was strength in polymer markets, traders report. Spot ethylene was said to be higher by €40/m.t. while propylene gained €20/m.t. The January contract for butadiene in Europe was settled at a token increase of €10/m.t., in line with prevailing...

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