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Plastics: Uneven Recovery Anticipated for Polyolefins

7:32 AM MST | January 11, 2010 | Gregory DL Morris

Rapidly changing co-monomer prices and availability are keeping linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) markets in suspense while low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is showing promising signs. High-density polyethylene (HDPE) prices are expected to be the most steady, with no clear advantage for buyers or sellers at least through the first half of the year, sources say. Lack of demand in end-use applications, particularly automotive and appliances, is weighing down polypropylene (PP), with little expectation for improvement. LLDPE, particularly hexene-based...

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