September 2010
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Market Pulp Continues Global Decline

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Market pulp prices fell an expected $30 - $50/metric ton across the globe in August, Mark Wilde, senior analyst with Deutsche Bank, reports. In the U.S., softwood grades (down $30/metric ton m/m) are holding up better than hardwood grades (down $40 - $50/metric ton m/m).

"Overall, the price declines appear to be more measured than we expected, and the downturn may not be as deep as once feared," Wilde says, adding that global inventories are in fairly good shape, and there are signs that the market may already be starting to turn in China. International prices into Asia fell $50/metric ton at the end of July, and fell another $20/metric ton in August. However, local prices in China rose lrecently, raising hopes that the "buyers' strike" among Chinese buyers is ending.



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