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The European Butanediol report is published weekly It contains one quarterly contract quote which is assessed on a free delivered North West Europe basis and in Euros per metric ton as well as a price conversion into US cents per pound the report shows price movements from the previous quarter and also shows the prices from the same period one year ago for reference.
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Updated to Q3 2016
The European butanediol (BDO) Q3 contract price settled at a rollover from Q2, marking the end of two years of continuous price drops and signalling that the bottom may have been reached.
The 3Q contract price was assessed stable at €1,490-1,500/tonne FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe).
Sellers were targeting stable to higher prices on the back of recovering upstream prices, good demand and low profitability after some previous sharp drops.
Most buyers, however, opposed hikes as availability is abundant and Q3 is usually quiet because of the European summer holiday season.
Low prices have made the European market less attractive for importers and led local producers to control the volumes they offer for sale. This, in turn, has taken away some of the length that had previously contributed to price falls, according to sources on the sell side.
Demand has been good throughout the quarter despite the traditional summer lull in August.
Updated to Q2 2016
Talk in the US butanediol (BDO) market has gone back and forth between the idea of a rollover and a price increase on third quarter contracts. A coming rollover has been a default position among quite a few BDO buyers and distributors during the past two months, probably because the increase in oil prices and other major feedstocks – natural gas, butane, propylene - since April provided little or no support for another reduction. Two producers issued increases earlier this month that, if accepted fully, would be the first significant increase in US BDO contract prices since late 2012.
The consensus of market sources gave the edge to a coming rollover, though there were exceptions. Buyers reiterated their positions that the rising costs of feedstocks is hard to ignore but that supply/demand factors – especially all the idle capacity in Asia - do not support higher prices. Sources do seem to agree, however, that the Q3 contract settlement will likely settle after the 4 July holiday in the US.
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