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Updated to Q4 2016
US acrylic acid and acrylate esters free-market contract prices moved up by an average of 7-8 cents/lb ($154-176/tonne) from late September through the fourth quarter of 2016, primarily on pressure from feedstock propylene.
Olefins turnarounds and unplanned outages helped drive up propylene costs by 6 cents/lb in September, which prompted acrylates sellers to seek gains of 5-8 cents/lb for their products in October, following average gains of 3 cents/lb for September acrylates.
Acrylates’ customers limited producers to gains of 4-5 cents/lb for October, however, citing expected seasonal slowdowns and ample inventories.
Demand continued to be atypically steady, though, into November, counterbalancing a 1.5 cent/lb drop in October propylene. As propylene supply returned to the market, it yielded a 6 cent/lb drop in November propylene, but December acrylates prices were said likely not to move down proportionally on prolonged buying interest and producers’ resolved to maintain margins.
Meanwhile, US acrylates freely negotiated contract values have been proposed higher for January by one producer, which a buyer suggested stemmed from margin-expansion efforts. The buyer said weakening seasonal demand, ample supply and likely weaker feedstock values through the end of the year argue against any near-term gains.
The weekly ICIS US Gulf (USG) acrylic acid and acrylate esters report includes monthly contract prices for acrylic acid, butyl acrylate (BA), ethyl acrylate (EA), methyl acrylate and 2-ethylhexyl acrylate (known as 2-EHA).
The report has spot ranges from the US Gulf for glacial acrylic acid (GAA), butyl and 2-EHA, which usually moves every week.
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