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The ICIS US Gulf (USG) toluene report has two main price quotes. It has a price quote for nitration grade toluene and commercial grade toluene.
Nitration grade is typically the most active as opposed to the commercial grade market.
Commercial grade toluene will usually run at a discount. We cover all bases when it comes to getting our information; we talk to producers, buyers, brokers and traders.
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Updated to Q4 2016
US spot toluene prices have posted strong increases in the fourth quarter, to hit their highest levels for the year in December. Firmer prices for downstream benzene and upstream crude oil were cited as the main factors pushing toluene prices higher. Sources reported that some production issues in the US Gulf also put upward pressure on toluene prices towards the end of the fourth quarter.
Downstream, spot benzene prices also hit their highest levels for 2016 in December as demand for US exports emerged from China. The spread between toluene and benzene remained high enough to encourage full operating rates at toluene to benzene conversion units, lending support to toluene demand. Toluene prices also found support from higher crude oil costs following the decision by OPEC members to restrict production, which also pushed gasoline prices higher.
The ICIS US Gulf (USG) toluene report has two main price quotes. It has a price quote for nitration-grade toluene and commercial-grade toluene. Nitration grade is typically the most active, as opposed to the commercial-grade market.
Commercial-grade toluene will usually run at a discount.
We cover all bases when it comes to getting our information; we talk to producers, buyers, brokers and traders.
We try to get as many people to talk to us as we can. That really helps us in being as accurate as we can, so that our customers have access to a reliable source of information.
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