Weekly Market Update: November 27 – December 1, 2017

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Ethylene

Nov spot ethylene ends at 26.5cpp
Dec ethylene starts the month at 27.375-27.75cpp
US ethylene remains lowest in the world
Europe: 52.1cpp, SE Asia: 53.3cpp, NE Asia: 5cpp

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Benzene

US Nov benzene ends at $3.31/gal
US Dec benzene begins the month at $3.24/gal
US benzene remains higher than Asia ($2.90/gal), slightly lower than Europe ($3.30/gal)

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Propylene

PGP
Spot Nov PGP ends at 48cpp
Spot Dec PGP begins at 47.25cpp
Remains highest in the world

RGP
Spot Nov RGP trades at 36.5cpp

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Polypropylene

Spot pricing mostly unchanged
Low export / domestic activity

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Polyethylene

Prices mostly lower
Export activity appears to be picking up

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Polystyrene

US PS producers seeking 5-6cpp increases for Dec
Increases supported by 50cpg increase in contract benzene pricing
Each 10cpg benzene increase typically equals 1cpp PS increase

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Crude Oil

Futures mixed this week
Monday: $58.11/bbl
Friday: $58.36/bbl
(Jan NYMEX WTI Crude)
Dec contract expired at $56.09/bbl on 11/27

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Natural Gas

Futures higher
Monday: $3.017/mmBtu
Friday: $3.061/mmBtu
(Jan NYMEX Natural Gas)
Dec contract expired at $3.074/mmBtu

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