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May 09, 2014 (12:33)
Amid slowing demand and a capacity glut, polyester margins are shrinking. And in turn, they have dragged feedstock paraxylene margins into the red. What does this portend? Platts editors discuss.
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ExxonMobil Chemical seeks 2 cents/lb hike on August PP for Americas
Houston (Platts)--22 Jul 2014 259 pm EDT/1859 GMT
ExxonMobil Chemical aims to increase polypropylene prices in the Americas by 2 cents/lb ($44/mt) effective August 18, the company said in a letter to customers obtained by Platts on Tuesday. The increase, which covers homopolymer, co-polymer and random co-polymer grades, would be separate from any change in the propylene contract price for the month, the letter said.
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Prices pressured upward for US ethylene, downstream markets
July 18, 2014 - US spot ethylene assessments rose to their highest levels in more than a year earlier in the week, and the tightness in the polyethylene export market hearkens back to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
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Impact of higher US benzene prices felt in downstream markets
June 25, 2014 - Production hiccups in the US benzene market are pushing prices higher, which is causing ripples in downstream markets.
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Pertamina CEO finds ways around the Indonesian government
Pertamina CEO Karen Agustiawan seems to have it sorted out: If the state-owned company is to succeed, it must do so "despite" the government.
Guest blog: El Niño: ¿Dónde está el dinero?
Jodie M. Gunzberg, the global head of commodity indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices, looks at the possibility of an El Nino weather system developing and what it means for commodities.
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US shale boom impacts Asian petrochemicals
May 14, 2014
The US shale gas boom has triggered a reversal of the mixed xylenes arbitrage with Asia, making it economical to send Asian material to the US, where the ongoing shift to lighter feedstocks has cut aromatics yields by as much as 55%, sources said.
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Industry Solution Papers Library

Special Report: The shale revolution and its impacts on aromatics supply, pricing and trade flows
The shale revolution in North America has seen steam cracker operators scramble to capitalise on cheap feedstocks particularly ethane. This on-going shift to lighter feed slates has however impacted on the heavier co-products such as propylene, butadiene and aromatics.
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