Profercy World Nitrogen Index

Profercy’s Nitrogen Index utilizes key global nitrogen fertilizer prices to derive a value for nitrogen as a crop nutrient. The Index provides a useful and straightforward tool to gauge the overall health of the World market for nitrogen fertilizers.

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Market Status: STABLE-TO-SOFT Week 16 – 12-19 April 2018 – Index continues decline amid weaker AN and UAN prices even as urea stabilises

The urea market proved largely stable this week with prices in some regions registering modest upticks while others remained unchanged or slightly down as traders and producers planned out product shipments to India. The larger than anticipated India IPL tender of last week, at over 1m. tonnes, has left producers re-evaluating inventories for the coming weeks and months.

Nonetheless, the Profercy World Nitrogen Index declined for the sixth consecutive week in a row, down 0.72 on the week to 114.98. This week’s drop largely came as a result of price declines in AN, UAN and ammonia.

Black Sea UAN prices came under pressure while AN prices fell by $8pt to below $165pt fob Black Sea. In the ammonia markets, prices declined in Yuzhnyy, Trinidad and North Africa by around $3-5pt.

Elsewhere, the average US Nola urea value remained near unchanged at around $220ps ton, however, the high/low range narrowed by $6ps ton with both the high and low converging by the same amount. Weather in the US continues to be reported as poor with snowfall delaying end-user application. Recent reports have put the amount of corn already planted at just 3%.

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Urea: A brief price history since 1970

To coincide with the publication of Profercy’s latest long term report, an article outlining urea price developments since the 1970s and the factors causing the decline in urea prices since 2011 can be found here.