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Ethylbenzene US Transcript
The US Gulf ethylbenzene report that we cover at ICIS is concentrated, mostly by looking at ethylene and benzene.
It’s updated whenever the ethylene contract settles and whenever the benzene contract settles.
Now that could take anything from a month to two months, even three months, so it really, depends on what happens in those feedstocks. Those feedstocks are very crucial to the ethyl benzene report that we cover.
We assess our ethylbenzene price really, thorough calculation we look at what happens in the upstream ethylene market and in the feedstock benzene market. Those two markets are very crucial to the US Gulf ethylbenzene price that we publish.
We get our information from a wide variety of sources, producers, buyers, traders. Not just in North America but globally in Europe and Asia as well and that goes onto the report, it’s reflected in the report, it also goes into the accuracy it just… getting a good on… a whole on feel for what’s going on in aromatics and olefins as well. That’s exactly why this is a good report to look at.
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Overall for the first quarter, the ethylbenzene market has followed direction mostly from the feedstock benzene sector, rather than the feedstock ethylene sector.
US ethylene prices were largely steady in the first quarter, holding between a tight range of 50-53 cents/lb since early February. The ongoing shutdown of the Evangeline Pipeline kept ethylene long in Texas and short in Louisiana, while cash costs peaked early in the quarter then plummeted, leading to expectations of a steep decline in contract pricing heading into the second quarter.
But benzene spot prices began this year establishing record highs on the back of short-cover positions. Benzene spot prices had been on a gradual increase since early November 2013 on the back of some short-lived production issues, tighter supply and short-cover positions. The short-cover positions led the benzene spot market to trade at all-time highs of $5.50/gal in mid-January, surpassing the previous high of $5.35/gal in October 2012.
Following the peak in January, benzene spot prices gradually came down in February, and in March as imports from Asian eased supply concerns.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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