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Asian SM-ethylene spread narrows to 3-year low of $14.50/mt on weak SM
Singapore (Platts)--20 Aug 2014 553 am EDT/953 GMT

The spread between styrene monomer and feedstock ethylene narrowed to $14.50/mt Tuesday, its narrowest in more than three years, on softening SM prices and stable ethylene, Platts data showed.
Methanol analysis: growing production capacity could impact trade flows and price trends
August 06, 2014 5:00:00 EST

In this video Prema Viswanathan, Bao Ying Ng, and Max Yong, discuss the potential impact of Iranian capacity coming back on stream in the next two years; how additional supply from China's methanol projects could affect the gap between methanol prices in China and India; and the impact of US shale on methanol.
US shale boom impacts Asian petrochemicals
May 14, 2014 - The US shale gas boom has triggered a reversal of the mixed xylenes arbitrage with Asia, making it economical to send Asian material to the US, where the ongoing shift to lighter feedstocks has cut aromatics yields by as much as 55%, sources said.
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