Benzene Prices, markets & analysis
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Benzene Asia Transcript
We provide real time and daily coverage of the volatile and dynamic benzene market in Asia, where it is not unusual to have more than 10 deals reported within a day’s trading.
ICIS provides real-time alerts on the bench-mark free on board (FOB) Korea price. Noon and evening updates provide up to date of key information.
In addition, we offer a daily report giving an assessment of the full day’s trading levels along with a brief analytical summary.
At ICIS we provide detailed analysis of the market trends, especially in our weekly report. Current and planned shutdowns and outages in the region are tracked and a close eye is kept on other important drivers such as the trend in crude-oil and naphtha markets. And we also look at the downstream styrene monomer market.
Asia as an exporter of benzene is also strongly influenced by conditions in the US and European markets.
The coverage by the established global team at ICIS is invaluable for our customers as it provides timely and accurate information to help them make business decisions.
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Spot benzene prices were largely hovering in a tight range of $1,310-1,350/tonne FOB (free on board) Korea in January, tracking the price movement in the US and European markets closely. This was because of a bulk of Asia exports bound for the US amid a widely open Asia-US arbitrage window, in the absence of Chinese import appetite due to the several cuts in the local list prices of Sinopec to place Chinese domestic cargoes more attractive.
From February to mid-March, prices were generally on a downtrend, as US prices started to shed gradually with large volumes of import arrivals. The backwardation value between forward and prompt months widened because of tight prompt US availability, lending some support to prices, although spot appetite for benzene in Asia particularly started to decrease from the second half of February because of a slew of planned turnarounds at downstream phenol and styrene monomer (SM) units.
Sinopec has in total cut its list prices six times from last December to mid-March, with a cumulative amount of yuan (CNY) 1,400/tonne. Consequently, certain term volumes have been cancelled for April as Chinese end-users preferred to buy domestic products which were priced much lower and were abundantly available.
Spot FOB Korea prices landed on a four-month low of around $1,220/tonne by mid-March. Following that to end-March, prices recovered marginally, along with the firmer SM prices, to as high as close to $1,270/tonne FOB Korea.
Updated to Q1 2014
Asia benzene price reports
ICIS publishes daily and weekly reports for the Asian benzene market, covering the latest prices, market news and analyses. Whether you are a buyer, trader or seller, our pricing information gives you access to time-sensitive deals, offers/bids and price movements. Historical pricing data is also available.
Our price report coverage includes the following:
- FOB (free on board) prices for southeast Asia and for South Korea, where it is not unusual to have 10 deals reported in a day’s trading
- CFR (cost & freight) southeast and northeast Asia prices
- CFR China Main Port price assessments to reflect the emerging China import market
- CFR Asia monthly contract prices
A commentary on the factors influencing prices is included in the report, including plant production/shutdown schedules as well as an analysis of downstream styrene monomer and upstream crude oil and naphtha markets.
Real-time information on Asian benzene prices, deals and market news
ICIS offers a live data feed within the ICIS dashboard where our editors post updates of all the latest trades and market activity as soon as they get the information.. This gives you real-time access to the latest bids, offers, deals and news. Market news are available in both English and Chinese.
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Global aromatics supply and demand database
This online database provides a single, highly searchable source of detailed historical data as far back as 1978 and forecast data up until 2030 for all key aromatics commodities around the globe. The service combines fully reconciled supply/demand, trade, capacity and ownership data to give you multiple views of the market from a global, regional or country specific perspective.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Benzene. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
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ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors from more than 250 reporters world-wide. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments.
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