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9:56 AM MDT | May 22, 2009

Prices U.S.: Caustic soda: $550-$600/ton fob, April contracts; $325-$350/ton fob spot. Chlorine: $175-$190/ton April contracts; $100-$130/ton, spot. EUROPE: Caustic soda: €435-€470/m.t., April contracts; $200-250/$m.t. fob, spot.Chlorine: €170-€240/m.t. ASIA: Caustic soda: $240-$260/m.t. cfr, spot. No significant merchant chlorine business. Outlook The chlor-alkali industry operating rates have fallen due to the economic downturn, analysts and producers say. Average operating rates at U.S. chlor-alkali plants fell to 62% in March, an 18%...

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