21 August 2008 18:14 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--Spot benzene traded up $40/tonne (€27/tonne) in Europe on Thursday as crude oil and gasoline prices surged, market participants said.
“Crude really drove the market up and things went a little bit crazy for a moment,” said one trader.
Offers for August and September loading benzene reached $1,300/tonne CIF (cost, insurance and freight) ARA (Amsterdam Rotterdam Antwerp) as crude found the intraday high, before falling back to $1,250-1,260/tonne CIF ARA and trading at $1,260/tonne CIF ARA.
In early-day trading, the benzene market had been valued at $1,210-1,220/tonne CIF ARA, with business concluded at $1,220/tonne CIF ARA.
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“It was mainly crude [driving the benzene market up], and there are a few buyers out there still looking for volumes for August,” said another trader, adding that prices could climb higher if crude were to move up again.
($1 = €0.68)
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