02 December 2008 20:19 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX) for December plunged by a record 27% to 211.44, eclipsing November's record month-over-month decline and reflecting predictions that global economic conditions would worsen before they improve.
This is the third consecutive month of record declines in the IPEX, as demand contraction and volatile financial markets continue to weaken energy prices and diminish petrochemical values.
November's IPEX was 288.01, down 13% from October's 331.83.
Benzene values led losers with a nose-dive of 62% globally.
Benzene prices were down by 75% in the
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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