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Ethylene Falls to Near 10-Year Low

10:58 AM MDT | June 5, 2012 | Lindsey Bewley

U.S. ethylene contracts for the month of May have settled at a decrease of 9 cts/lb, to 46.25 cts/lb, on lower spot prices and reduced production costs. The settlement reflects a 16% decrease from April levels and is nearly a 10-year low.   Spot ethylene for June delivery recently traded at 40.75 cts/lb on June 4, down from a deal done at 42 cts/lb on June 1. However, since cash costs are testing low levels not seen in a decade, margins are still robust, according to IHS Chemical.   Ethane prices, meanwhile, continue to decline as prices feel the...

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