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Aromatics Prices Higher in U.S.

8:19 AM MDT | August 7, 2012 | Lindsey Bewley

There was no clear overall trend in the aromatics markets. The only news driving the market was a rash of styrene outages: Styrolution declared force majuere on styrene out of Sarnia, ON, after a fire late in July that will have the plant out of service for several months. The company already has its plant at Texas City down for several months’ maintenance, as does Westlake at Lake Charles, LA. Spot styrene in the U.S. soared 5 cts/lb and ideas are going higher, traders say. That development buoyed benzene, which rose 20 cts/gal. Players say that spot...

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