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Benzene the barometer?

Aromatics, Business, China, Fibre Intermediates, Markets, US
By John Richardson on 04-Sep-2009

Source of picture: Wikipedia

Because benzene has so many end-uses it’s widely seen as a pretty good barometer for the overall health of the industry.

As C6 led the recovery last time are recent declines a sign of another broad-based retreat?

See the slide below:

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Or is it more the problems we highlighted earlier in the week that are specific to the aromatics and fibre-intermediate chains?

PX and PTA have also been on the retreat of late.

Before winding up for the weekend, see this report from the New York Times.

More later……