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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.
Polymer buyers in Latin America ask how low prices can go
July 24, 2015
Prices for polymers in Latin America have drifted lower recently, and it's a stressful time to be a seller in the markets at the moment.
After-effects of oil price drop, easing of Iranian sanctions on polymer margins
July 22, 2015
Analyzing issues of concern to the polymer market, including falling oil prices, the easing of Iranian sanctions and a review of the regional polyethylene supply/demand balances.
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Huntsman sees favorable MTBE market, remains optimistic on China: CEO
Houston (Platts)--29 Jul 2015 432 pm EDT/2032 GMT
Huntsman has encountered a strong MTBE market as the company's MTBE unit returned from an extended turnaround, CEO Peter Huntsman said Wednesday.
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Feature: US propane under pressure

July 14, 2015
Growing US Northeast propane production, combined with slowed summer demand and increased regional stocks, have sellers in the region facing stiff competition from other producers looking for outlets for their spot barrels.
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Rising imports from Canada add to producers' concerns
Putting further pressure on the excess Northeast spot barrels has been rising imports from Canada.

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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.

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

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