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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
18 October 2016 Issue Number 262
  • US benzene fell 14-20 c/gal, European by €30/ton, but Asian was up by $10-15/ton
  • US and European phenol demand improved, but China was flat to slightly down
  • Acetone supply in US was snug, still, easing in Europe and long in Asia
  • Phenol export contribution margins in Asia were still negative at -$90/ton
  • BPA demand was better in US and Europe, but lousy in China
  • Export BPA contribution margins in Asia were estimated at a poor $130/ton

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
18 October 2016 Issue Number 251
  • European TDI market in turmoil as Covestro declares force majeure
  • European polyol monthly contract prices stable to soft despite propylene increase
  • Chinese TDI market firms dramatically in October
  • Chinese propylene oxide values shoot up in October
  • Chinese BDO pricing stabilises, but concerns remain about oversupply
  • Spandex demand in China seasonally strong

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
14 October 2016 Issue Number 454
  • US MX prices rise on higher crude oil and tight supply
  • US OX contract price agreed at 36.0 c/lb
  • European OX contract settles €10/ton down in October
  • Orthoxylene prices in Asia remain firm amid tight availability and MX prices
  • Koppers announces PA price increase for next January
  • Chinese phthalic prices recover some ground supported by OX and phthalates markets

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