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May 13, 2016
Platts analysts discuss the effects of the Middle East feedstock price changes at the end of 2015-early 2016 on the petrochemicals markets in 2016.
April 27, 2016
US benzene, toluene and mixed xylene prices have been pressured by excess supply, including benzene imports from Asia at the beginning of the year.
December 21, 2015
Platts petrochemicals team discusses the Q4 update of the Global Polyolefins Outlook, including expectations for polyethylene and polypropylene supply and demand balances in 2016.
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Houston (Platts)--27 May 2016 626 pm EDT/2226 GMT
The price of US Gulf Coast propane out of the Enterprise terminal jumped late this week to a 3.50-cent premium over Lone Star barrels as Enterprise speeds up cargo loadings ahead of summer terminal maintenance, market sources said Friday.
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Feature: Global Polymer Pricing Analysis

April 28, 2016
European low density polyethylene spot prices were flat this week, as the market awaited further developments on the ethylene contract price settlement. LDPE spot prices closed April 27 at Eur1,350/mt, unchanged on the week.
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LLDPE: US exports up $33-$34/mt on week
US linear low-density export assessments rose $33-$34/mt week on week as prices continued to be talked higher.
PP: „Brazil rises $20 on week
Polypropylene import pricing was $20/mt higher for the week in Brazil, with homopolymer assessed April 27 at $1,205-$1,215/mt CFR Brazil.

Price Focus

Spot NWE ethylene discount to the monthly contract price, a measure of the product's demand, remains stable but there are some bullish price expectations on the expected derivative uptick due to seasonality.

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

May 19, 2016
Polymer producers in Asia, most of whom are integrated to naphtha, have been in a celebratory mood in recently. But some realize there are headwinds ahead.
March 30, 2016
Uncertainty around the US ethane market has grown as new projects for domestic and export use all come online simultaneous with declining production and low prices.
March 24, 2016
Platts editors give more insight into wide range of products and topics that were discussed at AFPM 2016.
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Asia-Pacific Petrochemicals methodology

Published March 2016

The Asian Petrochemical Products Guide contains the primary specifications and methodologies for Platts Asian Petrochemical assessments.

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