Europe methanol spot prices rise despite quiet market

24 August 2012 16:42  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--European methanol spot prices have climbed €3-8/tonne ($4-10/tonne) this week, supported by a range of factors including steady demand, market sources said on Friday.

Methanol spot prices have increased this week, with deals ranging from €289-295/tonne FOB (free on board) Rotterdam.

The market remains quiet with holidays still impacting activity and some participants were surprised as to the extent of the price rise, as there was no obvious single driver.

Instead, it is understood that a number of factors have combined to push prices up, including ongoing steady demand and some pre-buying ahead of fourth-quarter contract negotiations.

One source pointed out that as the spot market is not that active, any trades can have an exaggerated impact on the price direction. Therefore, not too much should be made of the latest move.

Last week, methanol spot deals ranged €286-287/tonne FOB Rotterdam.

($1 = €0.80)

By: Carl Roache
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