Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Olephin Market is ............. busy (?)

Plastemart is an Indian-based website that has a steady stream of news on the commodity markets. There is a very large number of items today regarding olephins. Just look at these headlines:
So today's lesson in arbitrage is to buy it in Italy and sell it in the Mediterranean (Turkey and Egypt) - or else Mexico.


Frank Van Haste said...

Hi, John!

I've always spelled it olefin. Google gives 7,680 hits for the "ph" spelling and 14,000,000 for the "f" variant. One online dictionary gives the derivation as "[from French oléfiant, ultimately from Latin oleum oil + facere to make]", so I believe I'll continue to use the "f" spelling.

Still, as Ol' Hickory supposedly said, "It's a poor speller that can only spell a word one way."



John said...

As you can see, spelling was never a strong point in my education. At least I can do a better job spelling sulphur!