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Updated to Q2 2017
European styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) prices in the second quarter ceased the substantial upward movement seen at the beginning of 2017, which was driven by higher feedstock butadiene costs. In April, contracts were agreed at rollovers to decreases of varying amounts, depending on starting point and account.
SBR May contracts settled at triple-digit falls of varying amounts, depending on starting point and account.
The downward price falls continued into June with SBR contract prices agreed lower due to steep BD feedstock losses upstream.
Demand is mostly viewed as weaker compared to the first quarter of the year. However, some sources still view the situation as reasonable, depending on the end-use sector.
European spot prices have been on a downturn since March this year and demand has been tapering off towards the end of the second quarter. Export opportunities to Asia have now diminished due to the hefty fall in prices in the region, closing the arbitrage gap from Europe to Asia and equally improving domestic supply in Europe.
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