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Aromatics Europe Transcript
The European daily aromatics report covers spot markets including benzene, styrene, toluene and paraxylene.
The benzene quotation depicts the current month, and the forward month and is quoted on a CIF ARA basis. The range is made up from confirmed deals done throughout the day’s trading.
In the absence of any spot deals, the range is set using the lowest bid and highest offer recorded in the market on that particular day.
The styrene quotation mirrors that of benzene, as in the way the information is gathered and published. However the quotation is on a Free On Board, Rotterdam basis.
Paraxylene and toluene quotations are both for the current month. The information is gathered in exactly the same way as benzene and styrene both quotes are on a Free On Board, Rotterdam basis.
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US aromatics truck and rail market prices for toluene and xylene are expected to be stable to weaker in the second quarter. The truck and rail market was being pressured lower, though, as barge spot prices for toluene and mixed xylene (MX) were on the decline alongside thin demand and balanced to slightly long supply positions.
The expected decline is based on expectations for the barge spot market, which can typically influence the truck and rail market.
Overall, market expectations for the spring have been mixed. Some trade sources have said demand from blenders ahead of the summer driving season will be thin, while others have said the gasoline market and energy futures could firm in the summer and support aromatics prices as well.
Meanwhile, hexane, mineral spirits high and low, and varnish makers and paints (VM&P) markets are expected to see prices up as demand increases from the paints and coatings sector and the construction sector.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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