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Polymer Prices in U.S. and Europe Trend Higher

10:59 AM MDT | August 10, 2012 | Lindsey Bewley

For the first time in many months, spot and contract price changes in thermoplastics were reported to be modest through the end of July and into August. Increases in spot polyethylene (PE) prices in North America ranged from just $10/m.t. for blow-molding grade high-density PE (HDPE) to $40/m.t. for injection grade HDPE, and $70/m.t. for low-density PE (LDPE) to $100/m.t. for linear LDPE (LLDPE). Contract levels for July ranged from 2 cts/lb to 5 cts/lb among the same types of PE. The only other notable July change was a rise of 5 cts/lb for high-impact...

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