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The North America Expandable Polystyrene report provides domestic prices for the most widely used grades of expandable polystyrene, block and shape. It has prices for the US, Canada and Mexico expressed in cents per pound and US Dollars per metric tonne.
Commentary covers feed stocks, plant outages, policy issues, news and import-export statistics. Commentary also includes a brief description of issues in other regions, so our subscribers can estimate their options. A section on feed stocks keeps subscribers up to date and explains cost pressures that sooner or later will affect expandable polystyrene prices.
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Updated to Q1 2016
US expandable polystyrene (EPS) prices were stable to slightly weaker in Q1 on the back of direction in the feedstock benzene market and thin demand.
Demand in January was slow, and was below November and December levels. Q1 is the low demand point of the year, as construction is slower than the other quarters. Demand typically begins to pick up in April.
EPS prices came under downward pressure early in Q1 as NYMEX WTI posted multi-year lows, while benzene contracts for March settled at seven-year lows. February EPS prices dropped by an average of 1 cent/lb, with prices heard between a rollover to down by 2 cents/lb. February prices rolled over into March.
EPS prices tend to track benzene contract prices, which are heavily influenced by benzene spot values especially during the final two weeks of the month.
EPS producers in early March separately announced price increases of 5 cents/lb effective 1 April, as a result of higher spot benzene prices and improved demand.
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