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Aromatics Prices Ease Slightly in U.S.

August 21, 2012 | Lindsey Bewley

Aromatics traders reported active business on both sides of the Atlantic: mostly lower on the U.S. Gulf Coast and higher in Europe. Spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf led the way down, skidding 25 cts/gal. Spot toluene was also reported lower, dropping a dime on sellers. Mixed xylenes was the sole gainer in the group, with a modest increase of 5 cts/gal. Styrene was still reported firm, but not as tight as in recent weeks as a result of some production coming back. Spot material ticked lower by 2 cts/gal. In Europe, benzene also declined, off $30/m.t., but other...

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