The ICIS Weekly Atlantic Basin Feedstocks report covers Europe and the US. There are numerous price assessments, including crude, naphtha, gasoline, ethane, propane, butane, LPG, NGL, VGO, fuel oil and cracked fuel and these are gathered by our locally based reporters. Commentary gives news and analysis on price movements, refinery news, demand patterns and any other economic or political news impacting the market at the time. This reliable tool can be used to help you make business decisions.
Feedstocks Overview Transcript
The weekly Atlantic Basin feedstock report provides all the latest market commentary and spot prices for a range of refined products from the US and European perspective.
The European section deals with a range of refined products from light distillates through to heavy distillates. This includes Naphtha, gasoil barges, gasoil cargoes, fuel oil, liquefied petroleum gas, and vacuum gas oil (VGA).
For each of these markets, I speak to a wide range of contacts including producers, buyers, and brokers. Drawing on this broad base of knowledge enables ICIS to make comprehensive commentary on market events and also form an accurate and balanced view of any activity in the market-- tends which might be occurring. Sometimes contacts might be able to predict where they might thing the market might head.
For all the latest thoughts and opinions on the market and the most recent prices, the feedstocks report will be of benefit to you.
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Feedstocks: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2017
US ethane prices doubled during the course of 2016, mostly owing to much stronger natural gas and crude oil values. US spot prices began the year at a historical low of 13.50 cents/gal, and traded at 25.00-27.00 cents/gal during the last few weeks of the year.
Demand was limited and supplies were strong when the year began. Export terminals were still under construction, and ethylene plants started the first wave of a heavy turnaround season that lasted most of the year.
However, prices should continue to rise in 2017, as exports and new ethylene plants boost demand. European demand for naphtha as a petrochemical feedstock is expected to be healthy in the first quarter.
The European naphtha market has been seeing exceptionally good demand on the back of high gasoline exports.
The European arbitrage window to Asia opened up in November from the Mediterranean, after being closed for months. The window is expected to stay open in the first quarter of 2017. New condensate splitters in Asia and the Middle East should offer competition going forward.
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