The relative strength of the U.S. polyolefins industry has been a product of advantages in feedstock prices, as well as a strong rebound in domestic demand. However, low-density polyethylene, and the polyolefins sector as a whole, may encounter a difficult third quarter that may carry through 2010 because of a supply bind that this year's hurricane season could bring, said ICIS analyst David Barry. "I am told U.S. PP and PE producers may be hoarding some material for the peak of the hurricane season in mid-September," Barry said.

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