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1:41 PM MST | January 14, 2008 | Rebecca Coons

North American olefins producers will continue to enjoy solid margins and strong demand this year, analysts say. Limited capacity increases worldwide and delayed cracker startups in the Mideast will keep operating rates strong, sources say. Also, olefins prices will remain high, due to higher production costs, sources say. Ethylene prices rose last year by 48%, to 61.5 cts/lb, on rising crude oil prices. While crude oil prices are expected to ease this year, they will not fall below $80/bbl says David Begleiter, analyst at Deutsche Bank (New York). Crude prices...

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