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Toluene Europe Transcript
The European toluene report is a weekly report that is published every Friday. We cover the monthly contract so there is a range of settlements between major buyers and sellers.
We also have spot prices in there, both in Rotterdam, as well as the Mediterranean region.
The report contains production news, whether there are any plant shutdowns or any major changes in output, also trade flows such as imports and exports between regions.
Because toluene is part of the aromatics complex it can be used to make benzenes and xylenes if the economics are right, so it is an important market to keep an eye on.
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Updated to Q1 2016
The European toluene market has continued to be driven by gasoline pricing in Q1 2016. There is limited chemical demand outside of contractual business, but other regions continue to pull on mixed aromatics and reformate for gasoline blending as fuel consumption grows.
Volatility on crude oil and gasoline so far this year made toluene pricing difficult to assess for monthly contract negotiations. January settlements were agreed lower at $510-515/tonne FOB NWE, in line with some losses on upstream oil and energy numbers, but the volatility on gasoline pricing in particular has seen many parties opt for a fallback position so far this year.
This continued in February, with an initial settlement at $500/tonne failing to garner any further support as crude oil and gasoline pricing rallied. March settlements were heard at $517.50/tonne and $518/tonne, and spot indications have crept higher over the course of the month as oil has continued to push higher.
Premiums for toluene over gasoline moved as high as $190/tonne during Q1. The number for April is significantly lower at $120-130/tonne, but with the gasoline market in contango as the summer season approaches, this still supports higher toluene numbers into April.
The European toluene report is a weekly report that is published every Friday. ICIS covers monthly contracts, so there is a range of settlements between major buyers and sellers.
We also have spot prices for both Rotterdam and the Mediterranean region.
The report contains production news that includes plant shutdowns, any major changes in output, and trade flows such as import and export between regions.
As toluene is part of the aromatics complex, it can be used to make benzene and xylenes if the economics are right, so it is an important market to watch.
If you require a daily toluene price we also produce a daily Aromatics report for Europe which provides you with in-depth pricing information, news and analysis, including a view of the latest toluene prices to keep you informed of the factors and developments affecting the European marketplace on a day-to-day basis.
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