Asia benzene dives to $800-815/tonne on crude price decline

01 June 2010 11:47  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Asia’s benzene values plunged by $45-50/tonne on Tuesday afternoon tracking a decline in crude futures to about $72/bbl, said traders.

Benzene prices were hovering at $800-815/tonne FOB (free on board) Korea towards the close of Asian trades, $45-50/tonne lower than Monday’s closing, according to global chemical market intelligence service ICIS pricing.

Sellers of July loading cargoes were struggling to hold on to offers that dropped quickly  in the afternoon to $810/tonne FOB Korea from $850-860/tonne FOB Korea seen around mid-day.

Buying sentiment weakened significantly on Tuesday as crude futures plummeted to about $72/bbl, said traders.

Bids for July loading breached the $800/tonne FOB Korea mark for the second time in a week and were heard at $790-795/tonne FOB Korea towards the close of trades.

A deal was heard for July loading at $815/tonne FOB Korea.

Oversupply of benzene in the region was another factor that was pulling the market lower, said a Singapore-based trader, with high production rates from regional crackers and reformers resulting in ample supply.

The pressure of falling crude and benzene prices in the region also pushed Asian toluene values lower. Prices were at $715-730/tonne FOB Korea on Tuesday, down $40/tonne from Monday’s close.

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By: Mahua Chakravarty
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