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April 22, 2014
After the flurry of contract settlements for March, polymer markets were reported to be relatively quiet over the first half of April. Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) was lower by...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/Polymer-markets-vary_60467.html
March 24, 2014
Spot and export polymer prices were reported lower through mid-March, setting the stage for lower March contract prices. Already, polystyrene (PS) buyers are seeking a decrease of...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/Polymer-prices-lower_59797.html
March 10, 2014
Polymer markets were reported relatively quiet over the first weeks of March, with just a few spot and export adjustments in North America. Low-density polyethlylene (LDPE) gained...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/Polymer-markets-quiet_59440.html
February 24, 2014
Polymer markets were very busy in the second half of February, with spot prices mostly higher on both sides of the Atlantic but contract settlements softer in North America and firmer...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/Spot-polymer-prices-mostly-higher_59050.html
February 10, 2014
As January drew to a close, European polymer prices were settled for January contracts, but players describe the market as moving quickly. There are already nominations for February...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/Polymer-prices-settled_58704.html
January 28, 2014
North American polyolefin sellers were able to sqeeze out a few pennies of increase for January contracts, but overall polymer prices held steady and market sentiment was considered...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/Polymer-prices-decrease_58365.html
January 13, 2014
Polymer prices were generally stronger as some economic optimism crept into the near-term outlook of downstream industries. December polyethylene contracts were settled higher in North...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/Polymer-prices-climb-higher_57940.html
December 16, 2013
Market watchers note that in most cases where a big differential opens between polyolefin prices on opposite sides of the Atlantic, the higher prices usually come down. But this week...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/Polymer-prices-mostly-down_57426.html
November 4, 2013
Export and spot prices for polymer played catch up in the last days of October, and markets digested the various contract settlements. Polyolefins were lower in North America in a wide...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/Polymer-contracts-settle_56423.html
October 7, 2013
Polymer prices were reported mixed, with both spot low-density polyethylene (LDPE), and linear LDPE higher by $200/m.t. in North America and $60/m.t. in Europe. Blow-molding grade...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/Mixed-polymer-prices-reported_55717.html
September 23, 2013
Polymer prices were reported to be quiet over the first half of the month. The notable exception was polystyrene (PS), for which a power outage at the American Styrenics plant in...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/Polymer-prices-stagnant_55362.html
September 9, 2013
Polymer prices were higher almost across the board through the end of August and into September, sources say. August polyolefins in North America were agreed higher by 1-3 cts/lb, but...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/Polymer-prices-rise-across-the-board_55060.html
July 29, 2013
After protracted negotiations over June polymer contracts in Europe, with buyers seeking sharp reductions and sellers trying to add to recent gains, the net changes agreed were modest...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/Polymer-prices-settled-mostly-raised_54025.html
July 1, 2013
Midmonth prices were little changed for polymers, with a few notable exceptions. Linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), as well as both grades of high-density PE (HDPE) were lower by...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/Polymer-prices-mostly-stagnant_53315.html
June 17, 2013
Polymer markets divegred, players say, with spot and contract prices mixed in North America, while spot numbers held firm in Europe even as May contracts were sharply lower. In the...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/Polymer-spot-prices-mixed-Europe-contracts-drop_52880.html
June 3, 2013
In what is being described as a surprising surge, spot and export polyolefin prices soared in the second half of May, sellers say. Buyers concede that short-term prices have risen, but...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/Polymer-prices-surge_52530.html
May 17, 2013
Contract prices were uniformly lower in transatlantic polymer markets, but export prices were reported to have shown some life. Buyers, however, dismiss the gains as short-term...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/Polymer-contracts-settled-lower-spot-market-mixed_52143.html
May 6, 2013
Weakness in European polyolefins was overshadowed by plumetting prices for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) on both sides of the Atlantic. Spot and export prices plunged $510/m.t. in North...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/Plummeting-PVC-prices-cause-weakness-in-several-markets_51791.html
April 23, 2013
Late-month March contract settlements in Europe are notable in two ways, market watchers report. One is that they are uniformly higher, but the other is that the improvements are...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/March-polymer-contracts-settle-higher_51377.html
April 9, 2013
Polymer markets were mixed through the end of March and into April, players report. In North America, polyethylene (PE) was generally stronger in both export and contract trading, but...
http://www.chemweek.com/pricewatch/polymers/Mixed-polymer-markets-for-start-of-April_51025.html
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