||July 22, 2008
Recent performance in the markets for base energy and commodity petrochemicals has been volatile and unpredictable. However, the general trends have been toward supply limitations and increasing prices. Additionally, major changes in the global petrochemical markets will occur in the near term as global supply patterns shift. The purpose of this paper will be to examine the short and medium term outlook for synthetic latex feedstocks and attempt to answer the question: Can it get any worse?