Americas top stories - weekly summary

04 July 2011 15:00  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Here are some of the top stories from ICIS Americas for the week ended 1 July 2011.

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TiO2 firms push through 15 cent/lb US hikes on tight market
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The North American titanium dioxide (TiO2) market saw second-quarter contract prices rise by 15 cents/lb ($331/tonne, €228/tonne), producers and customers said on Friday.

US holiday travel expected to drop despite lower gasoline prices
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Falling prices at the gasoline pump may not overcome a slowing US economic recovery, leading to fewer travellers on the road during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, compared with last year, an analyst said on Friday.

US PE contract prices fall 4-6% in June on weak demand
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US June contract prices for polyethylene (PE) fell between 4-6%, depending on the grade, based on weak demand and downward pressure from global markets, sources said on Thursday.

Update Arlene expected to near hurricane force when it hits Mexico
MEXICO CITY (ICIS)--Tropical Storm Arlene could approach hurricane strength before it slams into the Veracruz region in Mexico early on Thursday, US forecasters warned on Wednesday.

Kronos joins several steep July US TiO2 price-hike proposals
HOUSTON (ICIS)--A new, steep North American titanium dioxide (TiO2) price-hike initiative for July from producer Kronos on Wednesday brings its price goals in line with those of most other domestic producers, but buyers are furious.

US to sharply fall short of cellulosic ethanol targets - KATZEN
INDIANAPOLIS (ICIS)--US cellulosic ethanol production will sharply fall short of targets mandated under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), an industry executive predicted on Tuesday.

US ethylene margins slump 13% as spot prices dive
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US ethylene margins fell by 13% last week after weakening demand pushed spot prices sharply lower, ICIS margin reports showed on Monday.


By: Staff Reporter
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