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October Polymer Contracts Fall in U.S.

1:54 PM MDT | October 19, 2011 | Lindsey Bewley

In what market watchers are calling a tactical retreat, North American polymer producers accepted staggered reductions in October prices for all types of resin. In September producers had gone so far as to nominate increases for October, but dismal demand numbers across most end-use markets prompted buyers to withdraw. Low-density polyethylene was lower by 5 cts/lb, while high-density PE ticked lower by 3 cts/lb. The loss leader for the month was polypropylene, tumbling 14 cts/lb, with polystyrene close behind by dropping a dime. Polyvinyl chloride was off 4...

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