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Recent Asian Natural Rubber price gains may prove optimistic

Benchmark Rubber prices in Tokyo have rallied 21 percent since the 2013 low in late June and were around 275.6 yen $2.84 per kilogram in Asian trade on Wednesday. The main contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange has also rallied

MADE IN THE USA: A CASE FOR RESHORING

Re-shoring Gives Economic Hope to Manufacturers Offshore outsourcing has become one of the hot button political issues of the day. Especially in light of the U.S. economic downturn, there is a desperate need for more jobs for American workers, while

RUBBER PRICES ON SLOW RISE

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Despite recent rise, Rubber prices are still near 6-month lows   |   07.13.16 – Reuters – Benchmark Tokyo rubber futures bounced back on Monday, snapping a four-day losing streak and recovering from a near five-month low hit last

TOKYO RUBBER ENDS UP, AFTER HITTING 2.5 MONTH LOW

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Rubber is down 20% over the last 4 weeks: time to renegotiate tires and other rubber-based products.   05.25.16 – Tokyo Benchmark Tokyo rubber futures ended higher on Friday, erasing earlier losses on the back of a

TOCOM HITS 8-MONTH HIGH

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Higher Rubber costs mean upward price pressure on tires, industrial hoses, etc.   04.12.16 – Tokyo Benchmark Tokyo rubber futures extended gains to hit an 8-month high on Tuesday as firmer prices of oil and other commodities

CHINA LABOUR COSTS ONLY 4% BELOW U.S.

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  With China’s labor advantage almost gone, you might want to think about bringing manufacturing work back to the U.S.   03.01.16 – Only a 4% gap between costs A recent report estimates that China’s effective labor costs

SPECIALTY STEEL PRICES HIT 9-YEAR LOW

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  High-strength steel components for construction and other machinery should cost less than before.   Sluggish demand for construction materials TOKYO — Specialty steel prices have fallen to their lowest in nine years due to sluggish demand for

STEEL SHEET TUMBLES TO 11-YEAR LOW

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Opportunities abound for negotiating lower prices on Japanese-produced steel products.   12.17.15 – Japan’s domestic oversupply and slowing exports The price of steel sheet continues to fall in Japan and has now sunk to the lowest level

Iron ore price meltdown

At the end of the latest offshore session, benchmark iron ore for immediate delivery to the port of Tianjin in China was trading at $62.80 a tonne, down 0.8 per cent from its previous close of $63.30 a tonne. The

US dollar index (USDX) definition

The US Dollar Index (USDX) was launched after the end of the Bretton Woods fixed exchange rate system agreement in 1973 by the New York Board of Trade (NYBOT). At its inception, the US Dollar Index was set at a