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CHINA COMMODITIES SELLOFF DEEPENS AS STEEL POSTS WORST WEEK SINCE 2009

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Sharp fall in Chinese metals likely means lower prices globally.   May 2016 – Shanghai – Commodity slide spills over into stocks Chinese commodities prices spiraled lower on Friday, with steel futures suffering their worst week since

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

CHINA 2016 STEEL PRICES FALL TO 10%: STANDARD & POOR’S

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Chinese Steel prices are under downward pressure; this is likely to keep components sourced from China competitive.   03.15.16 – Singapore The average price for steel in China this year could drop 10 percent from 2015 on

CHINA SET TO LOSE LEVERAGE AS CHEAP LABOR SOURCE

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  The advantages of sourcing from China are shrinking; savvy purchasers are looking at moving production back to North America.   01.19.16 – Sharp rise in wages will likely lead to further devaluation of the Yuan Presidential hopeful

Iron ore sinks below $80 on China slowdow

Following a short-lived rally last week that took the commodity to $85 per tonne, the benchmark iron ore price for immediate delivery at the port of Tiajin in China dropped 2.3 per cent to $79.80 per tonne overnight on Monday,

China slowdown impacts commodities

The Bloomberg Commodity Index dropped 0.8 percent to 118.5683 at 1:52 p.m. in New York, after touching 118.2027, the lowest since July 17, 2009. Commodities are 12 percent lower this quarter, set for the biggest such loss since the financial

North American steel at 2-year highs; not true in China and Europe

Steel prices in Asia and Europe are at around 4-1/2 year lows, partly thanks to falling raw material costs like iron ore, but also oversupply built up since the 2008 financial crisis. However, in North America, prices are near two-year

China net steel exporter

Lower steel prices and weak demand have prompted Chinese steelmakers to increase their sales abroad. China posted a record level of 6.85 million tons of net exports of steel products in May, up 10% from a month ago, customs data

China weighs on copper futures

Copper lost 2.2% to $6,615.50 per ton, in its worst week in over a month and a half, hit by fears of a slowdown in demand by China. The Asian nation is the world’s largest copper consumer, accounting for almost

Copper prices plummet, dragged down by China

Copper prices have fallen sharply last week on the London Metal Exchange, falling to their lowest level in more than three and a half years with investors worried about the current state of the Chinese economy. Fears that have weighed more