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September 8, 2008
Gulf Coast Hurricane Gustav only minimally damaged oil and chemical infrastructure last week, and crude and chemical prices continued to drop. Spot ethylene prices were flat, despite...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/Commentary_14068.html
September 8, 2008
Macroeconomic Status Our running tab of positive indicators rose one to 10 out of 20 this week. As a result, we continue to post a yellow banner.     Existing Home Sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/ACCs-Economic-Outlook-for-the-Week-Ended-August-8-2008_13953.html
August 26, 2008
Chemical makers may welcome the recent retreat in energy prices but lower raw material costs are already creating downward pressure on chemical pricing. Crude oil hit $145/bbl in...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/Feedstock-Relief_13748.html
August 25, 2008
Continued rising raw material and operating costs are prompting some pigment and printing ink suppliers to raise prices and/or add surcharges. Transportation costs, a weakening U.S. dollar, and a tight supply-demand balance for oil are also pressuring prices, suppliers say....
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/Suppliers-Boost-Prices-Add-Surcharges-Amid-Rising-Costs_13793.html
August 25, 2008
J.M. Huber’s Huber Engineered Materials says it will raise prices globally by up to 15% for its dental, paper, and specialty silica grades, effective August 15-September 1 or as...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/Specialty-Price-Watch_13798.html
August 25, 2008
Asian spot ethylene glycol (EG) prices have nosedived this month due to falling crude oil prices and severely reduced demand, sources say. Spot prices in Asia dropped $100/m.t. last...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/EG-Prices-Tumble-on-Weak-Demand_13800.html
August 18, 2008
Our running tab of positive indicators slipped to nine out of
20 this week. As a result, we continue to post a yellow banner....

http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/ACCs-Economic-Outlook-for-the-Week-Ended-August-15-2008_13689.html
August 18, 2008
July contract prices for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) settled 4 cts/lb higher, to 70 cts-72 cts/lb last week. That is half of the 8 cts/lb that producers had nominated, after June and July...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/July-PVC-Prices-Up-4-ctslb_13659.html
August 18, 2008
Olin says it is increasing potassium hydroxide (KOH) prices by $9/cwt for 45% and $10/cwt for 50%, effective immediately or as contracts permit • Huntsman says it has raised...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_13660.html
August 18, 2008
Prices U.S.: LLDPE, 102-105 cts/lb, del; HDPE, 97-99 cts/lb, del, domestic; LLDPE, $1,690-$1,700/m.t. fob; HDPE, $1,580-$1,610/m.t. fob, export EUROPE: LLDPE...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/HDPELLPDE_13661.html
August 18, 2008
Ethane prices fell 10 cts/gal in the U.S., dipping below the dollar mark, and propane fell 14 cts/lb. Butane lost 8 cts/gal. U.S. spot ethylene dropped another 3 cts/lb last week...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/COMMENTARY_13662.html
August 13, 2008
A survey undertaken jointly by CW and IT services firm Itelligence (London) in the past few months has identified that nearly half of chemical firms are feeling a...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/CW-Survey-Chemical-Firms-Feel-the-Pressure-Look-to-Cost-Cutting_13564.html
August 11, 2008

Our running tab of positive indicators slipped by 1 to 10 out of 20 this week. As a result, we continue to post a yellow banner.  

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http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/ACCs-Economic-Outlook-for-the-Week-Ended-August-8-2008_13520.html
August 4, 2008
Those looking to make the case against decoupling—the idea that world economies can shrug off a weak U.S.—just need to look a bit north of the U.S., to Canada. Canadian...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/A-Tale-of-Two-Canadas_13381.html
August 4, 2008
LyondellBasell says it will increase prices for all grades of polypropylene (PP) sold in North America by 6 cts/lb, effective August 1 or as contracts allow. The company cites the...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/LyondellBasell-Ups-PP-Prices-Again_13389.html
August 4, 2008
Saltigo (Langenfeld, Germany), a wholly owned subsidiary of Lanxess, says it will increase prices worldwide by a minimum of 15% for 1,2,4 triazole, effective immediately. The company...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/Saltigo-Increases-Triazole-Prices_13421.html
August 4, 2008
Henkel says its Professional and Consumer Adhesives unit will boost prices by as much as 20%, depending on category, effective for August 1 shipments. This is Henkel’s second...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/Henkel-Raises-Adhesives-Prices_13426.html
August 4, 2008
Specialty chemical and pharmacuetical intermediates producer Chattem Chemicals (Chattanooga, TN) says it will boost certain specialty surfactant prices worldwide by 21%, effective...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/Specialty-Price-Watch_13427.html
August 4, 2008
Sharply higher polypropylene (PP) raw material costs have driven up PP prices faster than prices for other resins, including polystyrene (PS), potentially opening the door for...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/Higher-PP-Prices-May-Usher-in-Better-Times-for-Polystyrene_13428.html
August 4, 2008
Dow Chemical says it is increasing the price of vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) in all regions due to rising energy and raw material costs. Off-schedule VAM prices will increase by 5...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/Dow-Announces-More-VAM-Increases_13431.html
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