Asia toluene hits 5-year low of $400/t

21 November 2008 09:30  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Asia’s toluene values breached the $400/tonne level on Friday afternoon - the lowest seen since July 2003 - on lower crude values, traders and producers said on Friday.

A deal was reported at $390/tonne FOB (free on board) Korea for H2 December loading, with the buyer being a Korean producer.

Prices went below the $400/tonne FOB Korea level for the first time since July 2003, according to global chemical market intelligence service ICIS pricing.

Lower crude values, which touched $49/bbl during overnight trading, was one of the key factors in Friday’s downturn in values, said traders and producers.

Some traders said the downturn seen this week came as a surprise, as demand from China - the largest market - was still active.

But other traders and buyers said that end-users in China and other parts of the region continue to suffer from the impact of the global economic downturn, which leaves the market fundamentally weak.

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By: Mahua Chakravarty
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