US ethylene contract for June drops 16% to 39 cents/lb

06 July 2012 22:30  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US ethylene contracts for June settled this week at 39 cents/lb ($860/tonne, €697/tonne), falling by 7.25 cents/lb from May on pressure from lower spot prices and reduced production costs last month.

US ethylene contracts normally settle at the beginning of the month for the previous month.

The 16% drop puts the monomer contract at its lowest level in nearly two years.

The reduction came as ethylene spot prices fell by 24% in June to an average 42.94 cents/lb, while ethane prices dropped to a 10-year low on pressure from ample supply.

Ethane accounts for about 60% of the feedstock volumes used to make ethylene in the US.

US ethane prices in June averaged 30.28 cents/gal, the lowest level since November 2002.

($1 = €0.81)

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