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CW Price Report

11:03 AM MDT | October 3, 2008 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

Crude oil prices plunged last week as financial turmoil in the U.S. fueled expectations of weaker demand. A decline in natural gas prices has provided some relief to chemical makers. Spot numbers are now down almost half from their summer peak. Cracker feedstocks were lower in a range of 2 cts-6 cts/gal. Spot naphtha in Europe was down $70/m.t. Spot ethylene on the U.S. Gulf Coast ticked higher by a penny as demand continued to recover ahead of supply. Several Texas crackers were still on limited production. Polymer-grade propylene remained level, but...

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