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Updated to Q2 2017
US maleic anhydride (MA) contracts were flat in March and April but declined in May, mostly on the back of weaker feedstock butane values.
Butane declined throughout the second quarter, shedding around 40 cents/gal (8-9 cents/lb) from its peak in February. That decline put pressure on US MA produers to lower prices, although no reduction took place until May, when contracts fell by 2 cents/lb.
Sources said MA producers pushed for mostly flat pricing in the second quarter to recover margins lost during the second half of 2017. Producers also argued that the supply of MA in the second quarter tightened. This was because of tightness in Europe, which allowed US MA producers to export product at a premium of 10-15 cents/lb above domestic contract values.
MA demand in the second quarter was described by most buyers as flat, with some slight year-on-year increases reported.
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