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CW Price Report

8:35 AM MST | February 25, 2008 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

Olefin prices have followed the rise in crude, but not enough to fully recover the cost increase, producers say. Ethylene spot prices quickly firmed from a low of 45.5 cts/lb, to reach 48 cts-49 cts/lb by CW presstime, as buyers worked to lock in volume for March before feedstocks increase further. Spot propylene markets were quiet. Contract negotiations for polymer-grade propylene for February were being discussed at 2 cts-3.5 cts/lb down, with some compromise at a decrease of 3 cts/lb, sources say. In Europe, spot naphtha prices rose in line with crude, gaining...

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