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Aromatics Prices Fall

8:42 AM MDT | September 22, 2011 | Lindsey Bewley

Benchmark spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf was lower by 15 cts/gal, but spot toluene managed to eek out a net gain with bids rising 10 cts/gal against offers holding steady. In Europe, buyers report big declines in spot benzene, off $80/m.t. but that same small uptick in toluene, this time gaining $10/m.t. Styrene was off by $40/m.t. In a surprise early settlement, the fourth-quarter methanol contract was settled in Europe at an increase of €25/m.t. Spot prices rose in response, with European material gaining €40/m.t. and North American methanol...

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