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Kathy Hall

Kathy Hall is the founder and executive editor of OPIS PetroChem Wire. Kathy manages market reports, news and data concerning ethylene, propylene, and commodity grade plastics markets (PE, PP, PS, PVC). She has been writing about olefins markets for more than 20 years.
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Petrochemical, Plastics

PVC Pipe Plants Shut by Storm; Low-Demand Market Mitigates Impact

Hurricane Nicole’s landfall on the US East Coast caused a sigh of relief among the refining community as the Texas/Louisiana

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Petrochemical, Plastics

The PVC Ride Slows Down as Pipe Inventories Build

Despite the desire to put the chaos and trauma caused by the Coronavirus pandemic of the past 3+ years behind us, its effect

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Petrochemical, Ethylene

Enterprise Ethylene Futures Contract Opens on CME; Hub Links to Global Market

We can’t see into exactly what the future holds for US ethylene, but ethylene futures are now tradable at two of its Mont

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Petrochemical, Ethylene, Propylene

US Ethylene & Propylene Supply Chain Rebounds After a Shaky Few Months

Our last blogpost in early April ended on a deeply uncertain note. Lockdowns in the US had just begun a few weeks earlier.

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Petrochemical

Ethylene and Propylene Prices in 2020: Two Market Stories

Ethylene and propylene prices have had an interesting start to the year – both markets have seen prices drop, but at very

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Spot Market, Petrochemical

U.S. Ethylene Prices in Q2 2019: Where Have All the Traders Gone?

Ethylene prices are having a tough year. Trading liquidity has dried up in a market that has shed 30% of its value since

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