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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 Q3 2015
US Gulf toluene values began strong early in the third quarter on demand from summer fuel blending, but began dropped off as refineries transition to winter fuel blends.
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. Gasoline production, which was strong in Q2, remained strong early in Q3, limiting toluene supply for downstream chemical uses. Toluene also is used to produce solvents in the paints and coatings industry and to produce toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) in the polyurethane chain.
Toluene barge cargo values remained above $3/gal through most of July, but dropped steadily until the low $2s/gal in September. In the toluene solvent market, truck and rail prices dropped from the high 40s cents/lb to the high 30 cents/lb through Q3.
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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