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Updated to Q2 2017
US acrylonitrile (ACN) contract prices fell in the second quarter, tracking the slump in raw material costs, but export spot prices were resistant to the downward pressures because of ongoing tight supply.
Contract prices for main feedstock propylene fell below January levels, putting ACN contract prices below those at the beginning of the year.
However, constrained availability of US Gulf ACN continued to limit spot transactions, keeping export prices from budging.
Three plants were scheduled for turnarounds in the second quarter. Even though some of those units had restarted, supply remained tight as producers rebuilt inventories and focused on meeting contractual ACN and downstream demand.
Sources said that buyers were unwilling to pay such high prices for ACN, especially since raw material costs had plunged and since demand was waning for the off-peak season.
Nevertheless, producers had little-to-no excess volumes to offer to the spot export market until July or August.
Asia prices had slumped, but the typically key market for US Gulf exports offered little selling interest, given that European spot prices remained high amid tight supply in that region.
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