Asian PTA markers inched down US$6 a ton CFR China and CFR Southeast in the third week of January.
In China, several parcels of bonded goods on one-day trip were traded at US$536-538 a ton midweek.
Yisheng Petrochemical’s cash-based daily prices were down US$10 on the week while Hengli Petrochemical issued self-lifting offers at US$560-565 a ton, down US$5.
Purified terephthalic acid prices moderated a bit in Asian markets on surplus inventory amid thin trade. Meanwhile, buyers were heard to have lowered their bids further amid falling PET and polyester prices.
In China, a majority of polyester fiber and PET resin plants were heard operating at reduced rates of 70%-75%.
In US, market expectations for the January paraxylene contract called a decrease from December, which would imply a decrease in the January PTA price.
January PX contract was called for a US cent 1 decrease, which would mean a US cent 0.67 decrease in PTA price.
In Europe, PTA spot remained unchanged as market remained well supplied, despite the outage at Artlant's PTA plant in Sines, Poland.
Courtesy: Weekly PriceWatch Report
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