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1:22 PM MDT | July 26, 2007 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

The big story last week in petchem markets was the surprise collapse of global spot methanol prices. European material tumbled by €100/m.t., and U.S. bids plunged below $1.00/gal. Market watchers say the declines are due to swelling inventories, as well as a seasonal reduction in demand. Sellers have so far refused to offer anything lower than 102 cts/gal, however, sources say. Ethylene contract negotiations have been protracted, as buyers in the vinyls segment rejected proposed increases of 1 cts-2 cts/lb. Ethylene producers have announced March increases...

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