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October 24, 2008
Lanxess says it increased leather chemical prices worldwide on October 1. The increase varies depending on region, Lanxess says. • Rohm and Haas says it raised prices for home and...
October 24, 2008
Olefin markets have responded to sluggish demand and economic uncertainty with big price falls, market sources say. U.S. spot ethylene prices have fallen 25 cts/lb in the past three...
October 24, 2008
Propylene prices collapsed last week in Asia as sellers desperately sought buyers. Korean prices crumbled to about $640/m.t. fob, Chinese prices dropped to $710/m.t. cfr, and Southeast...
October 24, 2008
Altuglas International, a unit of Arkema, says it boosted certain acrylic resin prices by €120/m.t. in Africa, Europe, and the Mideast, effective October 1. The increase is in...
October 24, 2008
Prices continued to slide last week, with many petrochemicals down 20%-30% and some even harder-hit. Demand has disappeared for crude oil and on down the value chain, sources say. West...
October 21, 2008

Our running tab of positive indicators remains at 6 out of 20

this week. As a result, we continue to post a red banner.


October 21, 2008

Naphtha prices edge up in tandem with stronger crude but frenzied madness drives toluene down $100/m.t. in a single day


October 20, 2008
Ethylene prices have fallen sharply in Asia in recent weeks, largely due to decreasing Asian naphtha prices and tumbling international crude oil prices. Asia’s ethylene producers...
October 20, 2008
Lanxess says it will increase leather chemical prices worldwide on October 1. The increase will vary depending on region, Lanxess says. • Rohm and Haas says it raised home and...
October 20, 2008
Oil and naphtha price volatility has resurrected the debate over Europe’s quarterly contract pricing system for olefins, and whether a monthly pricing mechanism would be more...
October 20, 2008
Raw material and energy-related cost increases are continuing to outpace cost-reduction programs and diminish the profitability of the titanium dioxide (TiO2) business. TiO2 producers...
October 20, 2008
Price declines in global petrochemical markets were sizable over the past week, exceeding 20% in some cases, as economic uncertainty and fear of a worldwide recession kept buyers away...
October 13, 2008
Our running tab of positive indicators remains at six out of 20 this week. As a result, we continue to post a red banner....
October 6, 2008

Our running tab of positive indicators fell by 2 to 6 out of 20

this week. As a result, we are now posting a red banner.


October 3, 2008
The Weak European and U.S. economies, high raw material costs, and a sustained slump in the U.S. automotive and housing and construction markets are hurting many players in the...
October 3, 2008
Perstorp says it will boost hexamethylene di-isocyanate and isophore di-isocyanate monomers and derivatives prices by 10%-15%, effective October 15 or as contracts allow • Bayer...
October 3, 2008
Chemical producers are scrambling to raise prices and protect margins, but more responsive price mechanisms are needed, especially in an environment of slowing demand growth, Ed...
October 3, 2008
FMC, Church & Dwight (C&D), and Solvay Chemicals have each increased sodium bicarbonate prices, citing rising costs. FMC says it will increase list and off-list prices for all...
September 29, 2008
Our running tab of positive indicators fell by one to eight out of 20 this week. As a result, we continue to post a yellow banner, though it will likely turn to red following next...
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