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Benzene market in US sees supply, pricing shifts
July 01, 2015
The US benzene market has struggled with excess inventories, but dynamics are changing as imports are shrinking and arbitrage opportunities opened up.
Impact of unusual number of European cracker outages on olefins, aromatics
June 05, 2015
Platts petrochemical editors assess the impact the unusual numbers of cracker outages has had on olefin and aromatic prices.
US ethylene market expects more supply in summer
May 29, 2015
Spot ethylene prices have been rangebound along the US Gulf Coast recently, but as US editor Pavel Pavlov explains, some big events are on the horizon this summer.
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How will the Asian olefins market fare in H2 2015?

June 12, 2015 (9:19)

Platts editors discuss Asian prices and margins for ethylene and propylene, as well as market expectations for the second half of 2015.


Data Feature: Global Polymers Pricing Analysis

June 11, 2015
US low density polyethylene prices were assessed June 10 at $1,378-$1,400/mt FAS Houston, down $22/mt, as producers' offers into key export destinations trended lower.
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LLDPE: US feeling global pressure; Brazil prices drop $40/mt
US linear-low density polyethylene export prices slid $11/mt; Brazilian LDPE spot import prices down amid stable-to-firmer offer levels.
HDPR: US exports follow feedstock lower; NWE sentiment turns bearish on easing supply in July
Export prices were assessed $22/mt lower on week as US sellers attempted to keep pace with lower prices in Asia and MidEast.

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NWE styrene-benzene spread in H1 doubles on year on unprecedented tightness
London (Platts)--2 Jul 2015 705 am EDT/1105 GMT
The average spread between Northwest European styrene monomer and feedstock benzene prices for the first six months of 2015 has surged by $246/mt or 107% year on year, Platts data shows.
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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

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?
May 19, 2015
The US dollar has fallen sharply over the past few months following an impressive push upward for nearly a year.
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.
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