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Methyl methacrylate US Transcript
The weekly ICIS report on the US Gulf (USG) market for methyl methacrylate (MMA) includes monthly contract prices reported delivered by rail-car and reported delivered tank-truck.
Contract prices for rail-car and tank-truck are assessed based upon delivered prices to medium sized accounts purchasing around 5-30M lbs MMA per year.
To determine what the monthly ranges are, we contact buyers, sellers and traders to get their input on pricing, but also take into account a broad look at other factors influencing the market.
This means the report includes news on things like developments in the upstream markets and the big picture of what is going on in the end use sectors.
We also include feedstock prices for acetone and methanol regularly and sometimes add natural gas, ammonia and propylene information, because these costs can greatly influence pricing.
Supply and demand issues have become more important than ever before to a very tight US MMA market, so we track plant outages and international trade flows also.
MMA is an opaque market; the ICIS report exists to shed light on the market and has quickly become a benchmark in the US.
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Updated to Q4 2014
US methyl methacrylate (MMA) truck and rail pricing gained about 8 cents/lb ($176/tonne) during most of the fourth quarter of 2014 on cumulative costs and reasonably steady demand early in the period.
Despite optimism about 2015, seasonal Q4 demand weakness – despite buying interest that stretched well into the period – and ample supply were being aided by weaker upstream values to bring downward pressure to December truck and rail pricing. One source suggested weakness of 5 cents/lb ($110/tonne) was likely.
Upstream barge acetone contracts saw net losses of 3.00-3.50 cents/lb during Q4 after volatility linked directly to refinery-grade propylene (RGP), which peaked in early October and then plummeted latter October and throughout November, largely in reaction to ongoing weakness in crude oil values.
The barge acetone feedstock contract was at 63.75/lb for November with marketwide expectations that it might drop at least by another 5 cents/lb for December.
Buyers also attributed likely MMA weakness to continued RGP price softness and end-of-year tax concerns that will see producers eager to shed volume.
The weekly ICIS report on the US Gulf (USG) market for methyl methacrylate (MMA) includes monthly contract prices assessed for delivered rail-car and delivered tank-truck.
To determine what the monthly ranges are, we contact buyers, sellers and traders to get their input on pricing, but also take into account broader factors that influence the market.
The report includes key developments in upstream markets and a bigger picture of developments in end-user sectors.
We also include feedstock prices for acetone and methanol and sometimes add natural gas, ammonia and propylene information, because these costs can greatly influence pricing.
Supply and demand issues have become more important than ever before in what is a tight US MMA market, so we also track plant outages and international trade flows.
Our report seeks to shed light on an opaque market and we have quickly become a benchmark in the US, helping our customers to reach well-informed decisions.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Methyl methacrylate. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
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