20 January 2010 03:46 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Asian vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) cargoes for February delivery have been offered at $100/tonne (€70/tonne) higher than January’s settlement levels due to rising feedstock costs, market players said on Wednesday.
Japanese material was heard offered this week at $870/tonne CFR (cost and freight) NE (northeast) Asia, compared with January’s levels of $770/tonne CFR NE Asia, they said.
VCM producers said the price increase was necessary due to rising values of feedstock ethylene.
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Buyers were sceptical that the price increase was justified.
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With PVC demand likely to weaken in February amid the Lunar New Year holidays, VCM buying interest was also likely to be subdued, the Chinese vinyls producer added.
($1 = €0.70)
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