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Polymer prices stagnant

12:50 PM MDT | September 23, 2013 | Lindsay Frost

Polymer prices were reported to be quiet over the first half of the month. The notable exception was polystyrene (PS), for which a power outage at the American Styrenics plant in California drove a modest uptick, about $40/m.t, in spot prices. The opposite occurred in Europe, where softening demand led prices lower $30/m.t. August contract prices in Europe were largely unchanged, with most producers nominating increases of €10–50/m.t. ($14–68) for most resins for September. Low-density polyethylene increased...

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