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April 19, 2012
After a flurry of changes, mostly increases, at the end of March, April opened relatively quietly for polymers, traders report. Export prices from North America only saw small-scale...
March 21, 2012
Drum-tight markets were reported for polymers in Europe, with supply limitations imposed by several producers on various forms of polyethylene. Scattered plant outages were reported...
March 9, 2012
Given soaring monomer prices, both polyolefins and polystyrene prices rose sharply in the first half of March on both sides of the Atlantic. Increases in export prices range from...
February 8, 2012
Polyolefins prices continue to firm, but very unevenly, players say. In particular buyers say North American sellers have overpriced their market. Sellers counter that they are just...
January 30, 2012
Polyolefins secured solid gains in both contract negotiations and in export markets on both sides of the Atlantic, players say. In January settlements, high-density polyethylene (HDPE)...
January 11, 2012
North American polyolefin producers say they were able to achieve an increase of 5 cts/lb on all types of polyethylene for the December contract, as well as 4 cts/lb in polypropylene...
January 2, 2012
After a month of volatility in styrene monomer prices polystyrene producers and consumers have come to agreements on what was real and what was simply the result of a supply pinch in...
December 20, 2011
Polymer trading in the first half of December was reported to be primarily concerned with digesting the contract price agreements in Europe. North American contract levels for November...
December 1, 2011
All eyes were on European contract talks for November late-month settlements. The results were mixed, market watchers report. Producers of low-density polyethylene and polypropylene...
October 19, 2011
In what market watchers are calling a tactical retreat, North American polymer producers accepted staggered reductions in October prices for all types of resin. In September producers...
September 22, 2011
The makings of a rout were brewing in polymer markets this week, with producers all but abandoning plans for September price increases. Sellers retrenched, rolling the nominations into...
September 2, 2011
As demand for PP further slowed, sellers were forced to reduce their rates. Reports of high volumes of unsold stock with regional traders coupled with falling propylene feedstock...
August 25, 2011
Polymer markets were all over the map through the second half of August. In North America, polypropylene (PP) producers secured gains of 4-6 cts/lb for the current month contract, and...
August 11, 2011
Trading was reported uneven in polymer markets, with U.S. July contract prices for polyolefins confirmed sharply lower, much to the disgust of producers. The average decline was around...
August 8, 2011
Polypropylene (PP) prices galloped higher in Asia this week. A surge in upstream propylene prices, a fire at Formosa Petrochemical Corp’s Mailiao refinery which in turn prompted...
July 29, 2011
Buying interest evaporated as converters and polymer producers saw demand dwindle and inventory burgeon. Export prices declined about $100/m.t. for all types of polyethylene in both...
July 25, 2011
Prices of PP edged higher in China. Upstream strength, including in crude, naphtha and feedstock propylene, together allowed sellers to push higher their spot PP prices. Improved...
July 13, 2011
After months of sweeping declines across the board polymer producers were able to hold the line in the first half of June and limit further losses to certain resins. There was...
July 8, 2011
A spike in prices of crude and naphtha coupled with gains in propylene feedstock costs supported a rebound in prices of PP. Also contributing toward the price rise was improved...
July 5, 2011
PP prices tumbled on a combination of bearish triggers including a slide in propylene feedstock rates, subdued buying trends and ample availability, together, prompted sellers to drop...
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