What does "stable to firm" mean in this sentence?

*Asia methanol prices stable-to-firm on further supply uncertainties. The import prices of methanol in the Asian market were assessed as stable-to-firm during the week ended 8 August, reflecting higher buy-sell indications amid further uncertainties in the supply situation.*

  • What's the source? Google shows no results for this paragraph. I tried to search and include here as the source. – Maulik V Aug 11 '14 at 7:29
  • Thank you. this is from ICIS that is a site analyzing data. – user9507 Aug 11 '14 at 7:41
  • @StoneyB — And so it was done. – oerkelens Aug 16 '14 at 18:23

Have you looked up stable and firm in a dictionary?

The author uses stable-to-firm to indicate a description of the expected stability of prices (meaning how much they are expected to change).

Stable I'd read as "changing very little", firm as "not changing".

So, stable-to-firm would be somewhere in between those.

(Of course, if you read it as "horse-house to company", I understand it's confusing...)

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