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US ethylene margins fall 2.1% on jump in ethane costs

US ethylene margins fall 2.1% on jump in ethane costs

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US ethylene margins fell 2.1% week on week for the week ended 17 April, the ICIS margin report showed on Monday, mostly from a climb in feedstock ethane costs.

Margins for ethane-based spot ethylene fell to 28.55 cents/lb ($629/tonne) from 29.15 cents/lb the previous week.

Most of the decline stemmed from rising ethane costs, which moved to 7.43 cents/lb from 7.32 cents/lb.

With cracker operating rates high in Texas and Louisiana, demand for ethane for chemical production is also high.

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