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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
15 August 2019 Issue Number 488
  • Global mixed xylenes values decline as crude oil prices tumble
  • The US orthoxylene contract price for August settles at 41 c/lb, down 2 c/lb
  • The August orthoxylene contract price for West Europe remains unsettled
  • Asian orthoxylene discussions thin, prices down and demand is unexceptional
  • European phthalic anhydride prices unsettled, demand is seasonally softer
  • Asian PA prices down again and demand remains lacklustre

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
14 August 2019 Issue Number 340
  • US n-butane price falls to 47.00 c/gal in early August
  • European butanes price falls sharply to around 50% of naphtha
  • US BDO third quarter pricing settles down
  • European BDO pricing declines for the third consecutive quarter
  • UPR markets continue to weaken as downstream softens
  • Asian maleic anhydride prices soften as demand slows

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
12 August 2019 Issue Number 340
  • US propylene contract for July settles up by 1.5c/lb
  • European propylene settles at rollover for August
  • US BA spot prices largely stable in August
  • European acrylic acid contract prices decrease despite stable feedstocks
  • Chinese AA and acrylates market rebounds after prices fell to a two-year low in June 
  • Evonik’s sale of its MMA business to Advent International finalised

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