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Ethylene Contracts Poised To Rise

6:44 PM MST | December 16, 2010 | —LINDSEY BEWLEY

U.S. ethylene contracts are expected to settle in a two-month deal for November and December, market players say. November contracts are expected to increase by 7 cts-8 cts/lb on rising feedstock ethane costs and higher spot prices, but a softer market in December could force producers to give back some of the gain, analysts say. The settlement is expected to boost ethylene by a total of about 4 cts- 5 cts/lb, to about 48.75-49.75 cts/lb, analysts say. Ethylene production costs rose 4 cts/lb in November due to increasing ethane values, market players say. Ethane...

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