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Higher Feedstock Costs Drive Down Earnings at Westlake Chemical

8:09 AM MST | February 21, 2012 | Lindsey Bewley

Westlake Chemical reported fourth-quarter 2011 net income of $26.4 million, down 68% from the year-ago period, primarily due to higher feedstock costs. Sales were up 8%, to $859.2 million, on higher sales volumes for polyethylene, styrene and PVC resin and higher sales prices for building products and caustic soda.   Income from operations for the company’s olefins segment fell 50%, to $75.9 million, on higher feedstock costs. Sales were up 10% from the year-ago quarter, to $621.7 million   Westlake’s vinyls segment reported a loss from...

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