Weekly Market Update: December 11-15, 2017

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Ethylene

Dec spot ends lower, 27.5cpp
US ethylene remains lowest in the world
(Europe: 52.5cpp, SE Asia: 54.4cpp, NE Asia: 60.3cpp)

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Benzene

US Dec benzene ends at $3.38/gal, up 6 cents since last Fri
US benzene higher than Asia ($3.02/gal), lower than Europe ($3.55/gal)
US styrene prices gain 0.2cpp, up to 59.4cpp, or $1310/mt

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Propylene

PGP
Spot Dec PGP ends up, to 48.5cpp
US PGP remains highest in the world
(Asia: 42.4 FOB Korea, 46cpp CFR NE Asia, 46.7cpp Europe)

RGP
Spot Dec RGP slightly higher, to 37cpp

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Polypropylene

Prices mixed among slow demand, firm monomer costs
Early reports show NA PP inventories up 48 mil lbs last month

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Polyethylene

Prices mostly unchanged, tight spot availability

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Polystyrene

US PS producers have raised Dec prime markets by 5cpp

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Crude Oil

Slightly lower this week
Monday: $57.99/bbl
Friday: $57.30/bbl
(Jan NYMEX WTI Crude)
Previous Friday: $57.36/bbl

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Natural Gas

Slightly lower this week
Monday: $2.828/mmBtu
Friday: $2.612/mmBtu
(Jan NYMEX Natural Gas)
Previous Friday: 2.772/mmBtu

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