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The ICIS US Gulf (USG) toluene report has two main price quotes. It has a price quote for nitration grade toluene and commercial grade toluene.
Nitration grade is typically the most active as opposed to the commercial grade market.
Commercial grade toluene will usually run at a discount. We cover all bases when it comes to getting our information; we talk to producers, buyers, brokers and traders.
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Updated to Q4 2015
US Gulf toluene values stabilised in the fourth quarter after declining late in the third quarter as the US summer fuels season ended.
Toluene is frequently used as an octane booster in summer gasoline blends, which are mandated in most of the US through 15 September. Winter fuel blends, which are allowed to be more volatile, can use cheaper octane boosters like butane. Octane demand for toluene tends to limit the aromatic's supply for downstream chemical uses and support prices.
Despite the end of the US summer fuel season, and the lower octane demand for toluene, the aromatic continued to be relatively tight into the fourth quarter. US gasoline exports remained at a high level, most of which were shipped to South American countries with warmer climates and which may still require a less volatile octane booster. Additionally, with continued strong gasoline production, it may be more cost effective for some refiners to leave toluene in the gasoline stream than to remove it and replace it with a cheaper octane booster.
In a relatively tight market, toluene values were range-bound at $2.00-2.25/gal through much of the fourth quarter, fluctuating with the price of upstream crude oil. Late in the fourth quarter, toluene prices dipped below $2/gal as upstream crude oil fell to seven-year lows.
The ICIS US Gulf (USG) toluene report has two main price quotes. It has a price quote for nitration-grade toluene and commercial-grade toluene. Nitration grade is typically the most active, as opposed to the commercial-grade market.
Commercial-grade toluene will usually run at a discount.
We cover all bases when it comes to getting our information; we talk to producers, buyers, brokers and traders.
We try to get as many people to talk to us as we can. That really helps us in being as accurate as we can, so that our customers have access to a reliable source of information.
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