Hydrated is 17 percent lower this year

After increasing for several weeks, Brazilian ethanol prices moved down from the second week of January on. Mills got back to full operation, increasing the domestic supply. Distributors, in turn, traded larger volumes at lower values.

The CEPEA/ESALQ Index (Sao Paulo state) for anhydrous ethanol kept stable last week, averaging 0.40901 dollar per liter (excluding taxes). The hydrated dropped 1.3 percent, to 0.39503 dollar per liter (excluding taxes).

In nominal terms, these prices are 14.4 percent and 16.6 percent lower than those from the same period of 2006, respectively for anhydrous and hydrated. In general terms, a noteworthy number of trades were settled last days.



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