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August 28, 2015
Petrochemicals play a vital role in American football, from the plastics in the equipment used to play the sport to the artificial turf to the souvenirs and cups for beverages.
July 14, 2015
In recent years, we have seen US markets awash with Asian benzene, mainly from South Korea, and Middle East benzene increasingly flowing to Western Europe.
May 21, 2015
The next 'leap second' event will occur on June 30, 2015. Will the world as we know it change in the blink of an eye?
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Platts Analysis Feature: Ethylene Economics and Q2 Earnings

August 17, 2015
Platts Analytics reviewed quarterly earnings reports for several worldwide companies with steam cracker operations, assessing ethylene producers in the US, Europe, Asia, and beyond.
Also in this feature
Falling ethylene prices could impact Europe, Asia and global integrated companies in Q3
The analysis evaluates the latest earnings reports from Ineos, BP, ExxonMobil and Total, as well as looks ahead to the future.

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Podcasts

Tumbling toluene, MX prices in US speak to lower gasoline, downstream demand
August 14, 2015
Over the past month, US toluene and mixed xylene prices have both fallen more than 20% as gasoline blending demand has fallen.
Will rising demand, tightening supply be enough to support Asian vinyl acetate monomer prices in H2?
August 11, 2015
VAM prices have been falling since the start of 2015. Platts editors delve into factors that could give prices a boost in the next few months.
Chinese DOP imports seen rising despite weakness in plastics, PVC
July 29, 2015
Platts editors discuss factors affecting the oxo-alcohol markets in Asia, particularly the surge in demand for dioctyl phthalate.
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US ethylene supplies seek opportunities for better prices

July 31, 2015 (7:20)

The abundance of domestic ethane in the US means ethylene is cheap and abundant and production margins are slim, but opportunities to export to higher-priced markets are limited.


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.


News Headlines

Houston (Platts)--2 Sep 2015 440 pm EDT/2040 GMT
The push for further US polyethylene contract decreases in September picked up more momentum Tuesday and Wednesday as additional producers began informing customers they would cut prices for the second straight month, market sources said.
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The Asian Petrochemical Products Guide contains the primary specifications and methodologies for Platts Asian Petrochemical assessments.






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