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Asian isomer MX market seen recovering in late Q1, toluene bearish in first half 2015

November 13, 2014 (11:54)

Platts editors talk about factors affecting the narrowing spread between MX and toluene prices and the outlook for both products in the coming year.


News Headlines

Williams Olefins extends ethylene force majeure: sources
Houston (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 205 pm EST/1905 GMT
Williams Olefins has extended its October ethylene force majeure allocation at its Geismar, Louisiana plant, keeping its sales allocation for November at 0%, industry sources said Friday, citing a letter the company sent its customers earlier in the week.
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Podcasts

Ineos announces £640 mil ($1 bil) investment in UK shale gas industry
November 21, 2014
Discussing the recent announcement by Ineos to invest vast amounts of money in UK shale gas, exploring the reasons behind the move.
NWE naphtha weakness reaches multi-year lows as demand struggles
November 21, 2014
Platts editors discuss the recent weakness in the European naphtha market with oversupply in the Europe and low demand in Asia.
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Analysis & Data Features

October 20, 2014
Asian petrochemical prices have dropped sharply amid tumbling crude values due to concerns about global growth and demand, Platts data showed.
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Asian petrochemical prices have dropped
Asian petrochemical prices have dropped sharply amid tumbling crude values

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Blogs

October 22, 2014
There's something about $80/barrel crude that gets petrochemical markets in the US all riled up. As the energy complex slowly emerges from its latest dip, let's take a look at how some of these key markets fared over the past two weeks.
October 17, 2014
With the announcement of yet another new cracker project this week–this time, to be built in North Dakota–the US petrochemical industry could be reaching a tipping point in the shale gas revolution.
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