A noteworthy number of trades were settled in the Brazilian ethanol market during the first week of the year. Even with the weaker demand compared to the last week of 2006, the supply was lower, and guarantying new prices increase.
The CEPEA/ESALQ Index (Sao Paulo state) for anhydrous upped 1.38 percent compared to the week before, averaging 0.87787 real or 0.40988 dollar a liter (excluding taxes). The hydrated valuated 2.97 percent, to 0.86799 real or 0.40527 dollar per litter (excluding taxes). During the last week of 2006, hydrated prices upped expressively (10 percent), after three and a half months of stability.
Price parity calculated by Cepea shows that the sugar remunerated 21 percent more than the anhydrous ethanol and 15 percent more than the hydrated one in the last week - in Sao Paulo state. Comparing the two types of ethanol, the hydrated remunerated 4 percent more than the anhydrous.