News Code : 42842

• Import ABS down $10 on both ends • Sluggish demand blamed for lower prices • Crude oil softens after hitting 6-month high • Spot styrene posts a slight weekly gain • Spot ACN maintains firming in Asia • Import ABS inj. ($/ton): 1570-1630 CIF

ABS prices soften amid thin holiday trading in China
• Import prices stable to $20/ton softer 
• Far East Asian producers cut offers on buyers’ resistance 
• Local ABS market also posts weekly declines 
• Spot ACN hovers around 6-month high 
• Butadiene stable, styrene slightly up
• Import prices ($/ton): 1570-1660 CIF


May ABS offers awaited slightly firmer in Europe following higher SM
• SM settles €32.50 higher 
• Ineos Styrolution officially raise prices by €40 
• More offers may emerge on a slightly firmer note 
• Market is stagnant at the moment 
• Buyers may start to search the market soon
• Local ABS (€/ton): ext., inj. 1670-1760 FD


Will higher May SM drive ABS market further up in Italy?
• May SM fully agreed up by €32.50 
• Ineos Styrolution announces hikes of €40 
• Demand is lousy at the moment 
• More sellers may target small price hikes 
• A few players consider rollovers to be workable 
• Fresh import offers awaited slightly lower
• Local ABS (€/ton): ext. 1650-1720 | inj. 1630-1700 FD


Egypt’s ABS market remains on downtrend amid subdued buying
• Import ABS offers down by $20 
• Local prices steady to EGP1000 softer 
• Tight liquidity, slow end-sales keep purchases limited 
• Lower USD/EGP rate weigh on local prices
• Import ABS ($/ton): 1590-1650 CIF


Korean ABS on high ends fails to work in Turkey
• May SM settled up €32.5 in Europe 
• European ABS emerges €40 higher 
• Crude turned down from 6-month high 
• A visible change in price direction seems unlikely 
• US-China trade talks will be a factor to watch
• Import (N) (€/ton): Europe ABS 1570 CIF
• Import (N) ($/ton): Korea ABS 1620-1640 CIF 
• Local (N) ($/ton): 1750-1820 not inc. VAT. 
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