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In U.S. butadiene contracts for November fell on average by 18%

November 01/2011

(ICIS) -- US butadiene (BD) contracts for November fell on average by 18% in the first single settlement for the US contract in eight months, market sources said on Monday. The reduction to $1.15/lb ($2,535/tonne, ?1,800/tonne) marks a return to the way US BD used to settle, with the four main producers agreeing to match the lowest price nominated for the month.

The last time BD settled at a single price in the US was in March 2011, when contracts rose by 5 cents/lb to $1.04/lb FOB (free on board) USG (US Gulf).

In September 2010, a producer did not match nominations from two other suppliers, ushering in a series of split settlements for US BD contracts.

The market has since been mostly split between a group of three producers, which tends to converge to a single price, and a stand-alone fourth supplier that sets its own contract value. Prior to 2010, there were only two split BD settlements going back to 1994.

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