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Updated to Q4 2016
Methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) FOB (free on board) Singapore prices fluctuated in a wide range in the fourth quarter of 2016 on the back of strong Chinese buying interest and consistently wide movements in upstream gasoline prices. This was against a backdrop of thin spot liquidity in the key Singapore market.
There was import buying interest from the key Chinese market throughout October to November, because of the healthy distributor margins for back-to-back business, such as buying CFR (cost & freight) China cargoes and selling them on a yuan-denominated basis in the local market.
As a result, most cargoes loading from either Asia or the Middle East headed to China for October and November arrival. The estimated import arrivals were at least 60,000-70,000 tonnes for each month, according to market players.
For most of the quarter, buying interest from Singapore-based gasoline blenders was slow because of the unworkable blend value of MTBE. The presence of other more affordable blendstocks such as SBAC and pygas also weighed on overall buying sentiment. This capped the extent of the FOB Singapore price increases.
Price increases in the third quarter were also capped by an abundance of supply from key producers in the region. Middle East availability also rose because of the wider FOB Rotterdam-FOB Singapore spread during that period.
In Asia’s volatile and rapidly expanding MTBE markets, daily price assessments are essential to help you keep up with fast-paced price fluctuations. The ICIS Asia MTBE daily price report provides buyers, sellers and traders with daily insights, enabling you to benchmark your prices and forecast trends as they develop.
The Asia MTBE daily price report provides the following:
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- A look into the Chinese markets – domestic spot market and gasoline inventories
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For industry players participating in Asian markets, ICIS daily price reports are a fundamental tool to navigating these uncertain times profitably.
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