The ICIS Weekly Atlantic Basin Feedstocks report covers Europe and the US. There are numerous price assessments, including crude, naphtha, gasoline, ethane, propane, butane, LPG, NGL, VGO, fuel oil and cracked fuel and these are gathered by our locally based reporters. Commentary gives news and analysis on price movements, refinery news, demand patterns and any other economic or political news impacting the market at the time. This reliable tool can be used to help you make business decisions.
Feedstocks Overview Transcript
The weekly Atlantic Basin feedstock report provides all the latest market commentary and spot prices for a range of refined products from the US and European perspective.
The European section deals with a range of refined products from light distillates through to heavy distillates. This includes Naphtha, gasoil barges, gasoil cargoes, fuel oil, liquefied petroleum gas, and vacuum gas oil (VGA).
For each of these markets, I speak to a wide range of contacts including producers, buyers, and brokers. Drawing on this broad base of knowledge enables ICIS to make comprehensive commentary on market events and also form an accurate and balanced view of any activity in the market-- tends which might be occurring. Sometimes contacts might be able to predict where they might thing the market might head.
For all the latest thoughts and opinions on the market and the most recent prices, the feedstocks report will be of benefit to you.
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Feedstocks: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2016
US ethane and propane prices have found strength recently with the uptick in energy values. Ethane buying has been active, and sources said this will likely continue through the end of the year, as the market prepares for the first wave of new cracker startups in 2017. Propane prices have found strength in crude oil as well as seasonal demand in the form of crop drying and home heating. However, propane exports continue to be at record levels, with Asia being a major destination.
European demand for naphtha as a petrochemical feedstock is expected to be healthy in Q4. The European naphtha market has seen exceptionally good demand on the back of high gasoline exports, but analysts and traders are uncertain how long this will last as the US driving season has come to an end. All eyes are on the European arbitrage window to Asia, which has been closed for months.
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