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BREAKING NEWS BRIEF:
Resin Trade Analyst reports
PVC down $.02/lb
LDPE / LLDPE - down $.05/lb
Expects further softening
January 2014

 

PRUDENT - Working with falling prices - Western Plastics message to distribution. Buy film only as needed for immediate shipping/billing (think drop ships).

 

"resin markets were busy all week; the flow of offers was high and prices continued to slide."

"Ethylene was actively traded and prices continued to lose ground."

"Polyethylene trading ramped up to full force as January reached mid-month. Offers for most commodity grades were plentiful and prices continued to erode; LLDPE and LDPE grades fell about $.01/lb,"

"January Polyethylene contracts are offered down $.04/lb; they have not yet settled and the decrease could potentially be larger."

"resin trading was swift, continually falling prices are welcomed by processors, who for a change are sitting snugly in the driver’s seat."

"domestic resin prices could still have more downside,"

"For now, maintaining negative sentiment for the resin market is warranted"

"People are now buying as needed, as they expect lower prices, and supplier inventories will grow," Domestic PE prices are not likely to bottom out until after the Chinese New Year in mid-February. PE prices this year could be lower than 2013 and 2014 levels. If not, an escalation in imports of finished goods and a halt to reshoring is feared.
Trade Reports January 2015

 

ASK A LOADED QUESTION "So what is the current price for stretch? That is always a loaded question, bring a firm purchase order and we will talk."

 

A labor dispute at ports from Tacoma, WA, to Long Beach, CA, has affected the timely delivery of goods from Asia. The slow offloading of cargo containers at the facilities has disrupted supply chains and caused pain in inventory management. QUOTED - "West Coast port issues have greatly impacted our incoming materials. We are air freighting many parts from Japan and Asia to support production while parts sit at the dock." "West Coast ports are creating delays for imported goods," and "The West Coast ports slow-down is really affecting deliveries of our Asian purchases."
Trade Reports January 2015

 

Alcoa profits rise as it projects higher demand in 2015. Aluminum producer reports a jump in earnings on the back of higher commodity prices and it forecast solid growth. Quarterly revenues were $6.38 billion, up from $5.59 billion. The results were boosted by quarterly aluminum prices that averaged $2,578 per metric ton, up nearly 20% from a year ago.
Trade News January 2015

 

PVC PRICES LOWER
PVC prices drop another 2-3¢ in December. Last year, PVC prices moved up a total of 11¢/lb. Prices would drop even further this month, driven by the declining costs of ethylene and chlorine. Higher domestic prices are limiting PVC exports, as PVC prices abroad have dropped even more significantly— similar to the scenario taking place in the domestic PE market.
Trade Sources January 2015

 

FOODSERVICE NEWS BRIEF
Sysco/US Foods Merger Still Pending - Sysco's $3.5 billion deal to merge with US Foods was still pending, with the latest estimate of the deal's completion in the first quarter of 2015, as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues it's review. In order to assuage the concerns of the FTC over the merger of the two largest food service distributors in the nation, Sysco may be selling $5 billion in assets to Performance Food Group.
Trade Reports January 2015

 

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Flexible Packaging Market by value, the global demand for flexible packaging in 2012 was pegged at US $73.56 billion. By 2019, market will be valued at US $99.10 billion, registering a 4.4% growth from 2013 through 2019.

The report analyzes the flexible packaging market from the standpoint of processors, manufacturers, raw material vendors, and end-users such as pharmaceutical companies, food and beverage manufacturers and personal care product brands.

Flexible packaging materials that the report studies are: polyethylene, polypropylene, paper, aluminum, polyamide, PVC, and others.
Trade Reports November 2014

 

US demand to rise 1.5% annually through 2018. US demand for plastic film is expected to grow 1.5 percent per year through 2018 to 16.4 billion pounds, resulting in sales of $26.2 billion.
Trade Reports December 2014

LLDPE to continue gaining share from LDPE. LLDPE (linear low density polyethylene) is the largest volume film resin, comprising nearly half of resin usage in 2013 and is expected to maintain solid growth through 2018. LLDPE's high strength source reduction capabilities have helped spur gains in multiple markets.
Trade Reports December 2014

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