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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...
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...
March 26, 2013
Spot and export markets in polymers were rolled over the first half of March by contradictory price initiatives by several producers. As a result, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) was...
March 11, 2013
Players say there were scattered declines for February contract settlements, but nothing major. In North America, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) was down by 2 cts/lb, and...
February 13, 2013
Polymer contract settlements were reported higher across the board in North America and mixed in Europe. In North America polyethylene (PE) and polystyrene (PS) saw increases of...
January 29, 2013
Polymer prices rose through the middle of January, as demand remained high. Producers say they were able to realize modest improvements in spot pricing, setting the table for January...
January 14, 2013
With North American December contracts settled, polymer markets were focused on European contracts and North American export prices, players report. North American export pricing was...
December 18, 2012
Polymer markets were extremely active, players say, with most prices declining. North American contract settlements for December were down a penny per pound for high-density...
December 3, 2012
Polymer markets were reported becalmed as pre-holiday orders ended and end-of-year inventory reductions have not quite begun in earnest. Spot polypropylene in Europe was reported lower...
November 16, 2012
Polymer prices were reported to be broadly lower, as export prices were said to be volatile on weaker sentiment. North American spot export decreases varied greatly, traders say...
November 2, 2012
Polymer markets showed marked differences between export-oriented spot markets, which were generally higher over the second half of October, and contract prices, which slipped...
October 5, 2012
Polymer producers say they were largely successful in pushing through significant portions of the price increases that they had on the table for August and into September. Market...
September 21, 2012
Export and contract prices moved in opposite directions in North America through the middle of September, sources say, with low-density polyethylene (LDPE) down $100/m.t. in spot...
September 7, 2012
August contract prices for European polymers moved firmly higher as sellers report “unexpectedly strong demand.” Low-density polyethylene (PE) rose an average of €80...
August 10, 2012
For the first time in many months, spot and contract price changes in thermoplastics were reported to be modest through the end of July and into August. Increases in spot polyethylene...
July 13, 2012
June contract prices for polymers were lower across the board, buyers report, but sellers note that the decreases were not as much as were anticipated, and that demand is showing signs...
June 12, 2012
After steep declines through May, polymer markets were reported to be relatively quiet. Buyers were said to be lacking interest, and sellers were said to be looking for signs of...
May 31, 2012
Polymer markets were in a tumult over the second half of May, with both feedstocks and the Euro declining, European producers were in the ticklish situation of having to adjust May...
May 18, 2012
Bad news upstream in monomers and downstream in end use markets vexed spot polymer markets in Europe, with low and linear low-density polyethylene off $50/m.t., high-density PE lower...
May 3, 2012
Most of the attention in polymer markets was focused on Europe, where operating problems plagued no fewer than four different polyethylene (PE) operations around the continent. Market...
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