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Cumene US Transcript
The weekly US report for cumene includes a formula-based price assessment, which is updated monthly upon confirmation of benzene and refinery-grade propylene prices.
The formula is an average of several industry reference formulas.
The report offers market commentaries that include details of trace transactions, news on the supply-demand balance, export-import information contract price negotiations and general sentiment for price direction.
Since the price is entirely feedstock driven, the latest information on benzene, propylene, and crude oil prices and trends is also given.
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Updated to Q3 2016
US cumene contract prices gained 9-10 cents/lb ($198-220/tonne) during Q3, on higher feedstock costs and steady margins. Benzene prices rose 6.5 cents/lb during the quarter, while refinery-grade propylene (RGP) prices gained 10.0-11.0 cents/lb.
Cumene operating rates were mostly steady, as the higher price of benzene also boosted margins of phenol, the key downstream product of cumene. However, margins on phenol remained thin, as did margins for co-product acetone, especially after the surge in RGP prices. This pushed phenol/acetone producers to keep operating rates steady, even amidst tight acetone, which limited demand for extra cumene.
Cumene demand from the gasoline sector was also described as soft, even though gasoline consumption was robust during Q3. Other chemicals such as benzene were seen as more attractive than cumene for blending purposes.
Overall, cumene supply was balanced throughout Q3, but operating rates could increase, if and when downstream demand spikes, market participants said.
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