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Asian polypropylene producers enjoy healthy margins, but are they sustainable?
April 13, 2015
Platts editors look at the factors that are giving the polypropylene market a boost, the impact of a PP surplus in South Asia, and the slowing demand in China.
Propane supply tight in Europe on lack of US exports
April 02, 2015
Platts editors analyze what is causing the tightness in propane supply in Europe and its impact on prices.
European gasoline unseasonably firm following US strength
March 18, 2015
Examining the gasoline seasonality switch from winter to summer specification and blending demand; and where US gasoline strength has impacted European markets.
US polymer markets await price and supply changes
March 17, 2015
US polymer editors talk over the big topics of North American polyethylene, polystyrene and polypropylene markets prior to the NPE 2015 International Plastics Showcase.
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The Barrel Blog

April 15, 2015
For two years, US polyethylene prices climbed higher and higher. For two years, feedstock prices had little-to-no impact on domestic polyethylene contracts. Upward or downward shifts in domestic demand seemed to have little effect.
April 07, 2015
The relationship between crude and petrochemical prices is creating more volatility in petchem markets, and the higher level of uncertainty will lead to more evaluation of project feasibility.
March 06, 2015
How do you explain the massive amount of LPG being taken to Panama and unloaded there? David Henry analyzes where US LPG exports are really going.
February 11, 2015
This analysis looks at a specific sector of the petrochemical market - coal-to-olefins and methanol-to-olefins production - and evaluates how the changing relationship between coal and crude prices is impacting production economics in the largest growing petrochemical market in the world, China.
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Feature: Asia Petrochemicals Outlook 2015

February 18, 2015
Platts editors evaluate the major markets in the Asian petrochemical industry and analyze the key drivers of each product going into the rest of 2015, including supply/demand fundamentals, competition with other markets and trade flows.
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Asian purified terephthalic acid price stability pivots on tight supply balance
Asia's purified terephthalic acid producers will continue running at reduced rates this year with an eye on incremental demand from polyester producers.
Isomer-mixed xylene outlook hinges on paraxylene, crude
The Asian isomer-grade mixed xylene market will look to downstream paraxylene and upstream crude for direction for much of 2015.

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Prices dip in global benzene markets as supplies grow, crude weakens

February 11, 2015 (16:41)

Benzene is a key part of the petrochemical industry and building block of modern life, and markets are finding changes accelerated by a shifting energy complex.

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)--17 Apr 2015 937 pm EDT/137 GMT
A series of constraints throughout the logistical chain have slowed US polyethylene exports and made it increasingly difficult for traders to secure resin from producers, market sources said this week.
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