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ICIS publishes a weekly methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) report in Asia which provides key information that offers crucial price transparency. Free on board (FOB) Singapore and cost and freight (CFR) Singapore and China weekly price assessments are provided with updates on bids, offers and deals found in our price alerts.
ICIS is always ahead of the curve on price discovery, production and policy issues. It is important for us to break news on China’s raising or cutting pump prices because that has a bearing on MTBE prices in the world.
MTBE moves in tandem with volatile oil futures and the report sheds light on trading play providing key information to market players.
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Spot prices of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) in the second quarter continued to track the changes in both RON 92 gasoline prices and crude futures.
Demand picked up from mid-April to the end of May as buyers entered the market to purchase MTBE cargoes ahead of the driving season. Premiums for 2,000-3,000 tonne cargoes during that period were largely at around $26-27/tonne on a CFR (cost & freight) Singapore basis to FOB (free on board) Singapore quotes.
However, the market in Singapore turned bearish at the start of June because demand for gasoline remained lacklustre. Market players described the market as a buyer’s market, and premiums on a CFR Singapore basis were at the high $10s/tonne to FOB Singapore quotes. Cheaper blendstocks such as toluene and mixed xylenes also weighed on the buying sentiment in June.
On a CFR China basis, the arbitrage window into the China market remained closed throughout the quarter, owing to strong FOB Singapore prices. This kept China-based buyers on the sidelines, with sufficient supply in the China market also weighing on buying sentiment.
Buying activity was strong from South Korean blenders for June cargoes because of the onset of the driving season. They were heard to have purchased more 10,000 tonnes of MTBE for June arrival.
Updated to Q2 2014
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