NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The chemicals sector -- which is such a diverse industry that, to be sure, it's always difficult to generalize -- has nonetheless benefited from some strong fundamentals almost across the board.

Prices have been strong in many specialty chemicals businesses. In the commodity petrochemicals segment (

"One word: plastics"

), cheap natural gas, a crucial feedstock, has allowed U.S. producers to lord it over their foreign competitors. Export volumes have thus surged.

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But winter is a time of seasonal slowness, as we all know. And some observes believe the sector as a whole could be in for weaker sales in the months to come.

As the big dogs in the industry report their third quarter results --

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-- Written by Scott Eden in New York

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