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HURRICANE HARVEY DISRUPTS OVER A THIRD OF U.S. CHEMICAL PRODUCTION

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Hurricane Harvey has caused chemical and plastic prices to rise   |   08.28.17 – American Southwest – Recent mega-storm shuts 37% of U.S. chlorine output and 40% of ethylene; price gains have been urgently seen in already tight

U.S. SPOT ETHYLENE CLOSES AT HIGHEST SINCE AUGUST 2015

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Ethylene rise will exert upwards pressure on Polyethylene prices.   March 2016 – Houston U.S. front-month spot ethylene closed the week ended Friday at its highest since August 2015 on tight supply.  Early in the week, spot

NATURAL GAS SETTLES DOWN 2.6% AMID ONGOING MILD DEMAND

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Prices for plastic components made from Polyethylene or Polypropylene should be dropping.   02.20.16 – Warmer-than-average Winter Natural-gas prices fell to a fresh two-month low last Friday on expectations of continued mild demand. A warmer-than-average winter in

AUGUST ETHYLENE CONTRACTS IN U.S. SETTLE DOWN 9.9%

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Polypropylene resin prices continue to fall. Prices for parts and components today should be similar to what you were paying 6 years ago. Check with your Accounts Payable department to make sure this is true.   U.S. August

PP, PS PRICES UP – PE, PVC PRICES FLAT

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Not all plastic feedstocks are up – good information for pushing back against increases for Polyethylene and PVC based products and components An upwards price surge for PS and PP may continue this month, although the driving factors are

US January propylene contracts at lowest level since November 2009

In spot markets Tuesday, January and February polymer-grade propylene (PGP) were heard offered at 47.5 cents/lb Mont Belvieu pipeline basis. February was heard traded Monday at 46.25 cents/lb MtB-pipe. Spot PGP was last heard traded at that level in late