Americas top stories - weekly summary

04 March 2013 00:00  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Here are some of the top stories from ICIS Americas for the week ended 1 March 2013.

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Fiscal issues will hamper 2013-2014 growth in US GDP – NABE
The US GDP should grow by 2.4% in this year and by 3.0% in 2014, but the number would be higher if it was not for the fiscal uncertainty surrounding the federal government, according to a forecast released on Monday by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE).

US February MIBK values rise on upstream, supply pressure
US methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) contract values settled up for February on strong feedstock pricing and ongoing supply constraints, sources confirmed on Monday.

US March BD contract settles up 8 cents/lb at 84 cents/lb
The March contract for US butadiene (BD) has settled at 84 cents/lb ($1,852/tonne, €1,408/tonne) among the three producers that account for more than 80% of US capacity, market sources said on Tuesday.

US February phenol expected to fall 5.0% on weaker benzene
US February phenol contracts are expected to drop by 5.0% from January, sources said on Wednesday.

All eyes in the US butadiene market are on Asia
After the March contract settlement this week, all eyes in the US butadiene (BD) market going forward are on Asia and what’s happening with the rubber and tyre markets.

US Novomer sees CO2-based polyol as potential game-changer
When it comes to making polyols, Jason Anderson thinks a product his company recently made has the makings of becoming the third major class of polyols. That may not be a lot of hot air, but it is a lot of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Higher Brazilian import tariffs could heighten trade tensions
Proposed higher import tariffs in Brazil will likely heighten already tense trade relations with many developed countries including the US and European nations, chemical sellers and traders said on Thursday.

Firefighters at Marathon refinery blaze; benzene market spikes
Firefighters worked late Thursday afternoon to put out a blaze at Marathon’s Galveston Bay Refinery after a hose leading to a tank pump caught fire, a company spokesperson said.

US manufacturing sector grows in Feb for 3rd straight month
The overall US manufacturing sector saw continued growth in February, a respected survey group said on Friday, marking the third straight month of expansion amid a surge in new orders for manufactured goods.

By: Staff Reporter
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