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US price response to new Mexican ethylene, polyethylene could shape markets

November 19, 2015 (3:16)

The first greenfield ethylene and polyethylene facility to hit North America in more than a decade could disrupt US resin exports, as Platts' Chris Ferrell explains.

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London (Platts)--24 Nov 2015 129 pm EST/1829 GMT
European methanol traders were not confident the surge in Rhine water depth seen this week would be sustainable and help alleviate supply length hemmed in the Rotterdam hub after levels eased again Tuesday.
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Data Feature: Global Aromatics Pricing Analysis

November 13, 2015
Asian benzene fell to $639/mt FOB Korea November 12 on weaker upstream crude prices; Latin benzene assessed November 6 at $622-$624/mt FOB Brazil, tracking US Gulf Coast pricing.
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Asian toluene falls on bearish sentiment; US spot higher despite weaker energy
Asian toluene was assessed $9/mt lower day on day, at $646/mt FOB Korea November 12, amid bearish sentiment on the back of lower upstream crude oil futures.
Asian paraxylene up on firm buying interest; Latin mixed xylene tracks higher USGC prices
Asian paraxylene edged up $1/mt day on day to $775/mt FOB Korea and $796/mt CFR Taiwan/China November 12.

Price Focus

European polyvinyl chloride spot prices fell a further Eur10/mt the w/e Nov 21 to Eur750/mt FD NWE, following the fall of Eur30/mt seen the w/e Nov 14. Decreases continue to be seen as an effect of a Eur90/mt fall in ethylene for November and a further fall expected in feedstock December, sources said. Sources also cited decreases in PVC prices to a seasonal lull in demand now felt in the market, pegging spot prices lower this week at Eur740-780/mt FD NWE as a result.

Petrochemical Infographics

Featuring global trade flows for polyethylene, this infographic also details surplus and deficit totals and includes key trend points, statistics and forecasts going out all the way to 2023.

The Barrel Blog

October 30, 2015
The easing of sanctions on Iran could present a huge opportunity for the Iranian petrochemical sector, since the country sits atop ethane-rich conventional gas reserves.
October 15, 2015
The price of oil certainly has some effect on the petrochemical prices throughout the value chain, but supply/demand fundamentals will always be the biggest driver.
October 07, 2015
Many petrochemical companies are exploring the opportunities from the new supply of natural gas liquids derived from shale gas developments in Canada.
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Interview: GPCA's Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun on challenges in petrochemical markets in 2016 and beyond
November 17, 2015
- GPCA secretary-general Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun talks to Platts on how Gulf Coast country members of the GPCA are facing the challenges in the petrochemicals markets.
After US MTBE prices hit nine-month lows, Q4 demand could provide stability
October 27, 2015
- Production costs for MTBE frequently rise in the fourth quarter as butane demand rises for winter, heating and fuel use, and MTBE prices also dip in Q4 as gasoline prices fall.
Key themes from the Q3 Platts Global Polyolefin Outlook
October 14, 2015
- Platts looks at key themes from the Q3 update of the Global Polyolefins Outlook report, including the impact of economic uncertainty in China on polyethylene demand.
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