US oxo-alcohols prices decrease for November

07 November 2011 17:42  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US prices for the oxo-alcohol isobutanol declined by 12% from October, while n-butanol and 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) declined by lesser amounts, according to ICIS pricing on Monday.

Prices effective 1 November for n-butanol, isobutanol and 2-EH retreated from the prior month on dwindling buying interest and lower prices for feedstock propylene.

Isobutanol fell by 12%, assessed by ICIS pricing for November in a range of 108110 cents/lb DEL (delivered), down from 123128 cents/lb in October.

N-butanol for November was assessed in a range of 9698 cents/lb ($1,9442,161/tonne) DEL, down 2 cents/lb from October.

The November price for 2-EH was assessed at 122125 cents/lb, down from 130135 cents/lb last month.

Market prices for oxo-alcohols are anticipated to slide further in the coming weeks as the November contract price of feedstock propylene is expected to sink by as much as 7 cents/lb, traders said.

US oxo-alcohol producers include BASF, Eastman Chemical, Dow Chemical and Oxea.

By: Frank Zaworski
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