04 March 2008 22:33 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX) for March rose to 306.97, an increase of 0.7% from February’s reading of 304.72.
The index has now risen for five consecutive months, but the rate of increase in March slowed sharply from February’s 3.4% climb.
The IPEX is now 20% higher than in March 2007.
Among the 12 products within the index, eight rose and four declined. But across most of the petrochemicals, changes were small.
The most dramatic decline was in methanol, which on a global basis dropped by 6.7%. Although prices rose marginally in Europe and fell by 2.7% in ?xml:namespace>
Benzene was the most significant gainer, up 9.2% globally.
That advance was led by the
US March benzene contracts rose amid elevated spot prices and stronger energy values.
Published at the beginning of each month, the IPEX provides an independent indicator of average change in world petrochemical prices.
Dating back to January 1993, historical ICIS prices for a basket of 12 essential petrochemical grades in the
The IPEX product basket comprises ethylene, propylene, benzene, toluene, paraxylene, styrene, methanol, butadiene, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), and polystyrene (PS).
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