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Coking margins narrow as crude plunge pulls down benzene, methanol prices

January 30, 2015 (5:20)

Platts editors discuss the relationship between coke, benzene, and methanol; the hedging strategies of different market players; and the market outlook for the commodities in 2015.


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Arbitrage economics support US benzene, styrene markets
January 28, 2015
US petrochemicals editors explain how the benzene market is currently being driven by an open arbitrage window in the derivative styrene market.
European LPG prices under pressure, increasing US exports
January 09, 2015
Discussing structural changes in the LPG market, focusing on increased propane exports from the US and the impact on the European market.
US ethylene market sees production open up as 2014 draws to close
December 12, 2014
US spot ethylene was near a 30-month low this week following market talks of production expansions and restarts.
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Feb US butadiene CP settles 8-9 cents lower at 27-34 cents/lb: sources
Houston (Platts)--30 Jan 2015 539 pm EST/2239 GMT
The February US butadiene contract price settled 8-9 cents/lb ($176-$198/mt) lower than January at a 27-34 cents/lb ($595-$750/mt) split settlement, sources said Friday.
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Feature: European Petrochemical Outlook 2015

January 16, 2015
The bearish sentiment which rippled across the global benzene market toward the end of 2014 is expected to prevail in the next few months.
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Rise in EU tariffs to constrain PE imports from Gulf
The sharp rise in EU customs tariffs which saw imports of polyethylene from Gulf states slashed in 2014 is expected to continue to constrain imports in 2015.
European paraxylene to look for US demand in 2015 as Asia cuts imports
European paraxylene producers be keenly eyeing demand prospects in the US in 2015 as Asia tackles surplus supplies.

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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

January 18, 2015
With oil prices at lows not seen in more than 5 1/2 years, the global petrochemical industry finds itself playing memory games as it craves some much-needed guidance regarding price behavior.
December 30, 2014
CO2 in your mattress? Not a great selling point, but it should be.
October 22, 2014
There's something about $80/barrel crude that gets petrochemical markets in the US all riled up.
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