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Aromatics Prices Mostly Higher

9:11 AM MST | February 15, 2012 | Lindsey Bewley

Gains in aromatics were sharply staggered, with benzene and toluene reported to have little activity, while mixed xylenes and styrene rose. Spot benzene on the U.S. Gulf gained 5 cts/gal, traders say. At the same time, mixed xylenes added 10 cts/gal on the strength of gains in isomer markets. Styrene rose 3 cts/lb, sellers say. In Europe Mixed xylenes rose $50/m.t. while styrene added $25/m.t. players report. Spot methanol also rose, adding 2 cts/gal in North America and €30/m.t. in Europe.  Methyl tert-butyl ether rebounded from last week’s...

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