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  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: It might be a good time to lock in prices for metal products.   February 2016 – The price collapse stops here When will base metal prices stop falling?  They have been trending lower for months, even


NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: You should be paying significantly less for Stainless Steel and Bronze parts and components. 11.20.15 – Copper and nickel hit six- and 12½-year lows Two of the world’s most important industrial metals, copper and nickel, fell to fresh


NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: A great time to be calling your metal parts suppliers and negotiating decreases.   China adding to market malaise Prices of major traded-metals have tumbled to multi-year lows as weak Chinese manufacturing data added to the brew of excess

Nickel: a metal in transition

Nickel for delivery in three months advanced 7.4 percent last week to settle at $16,450 a metric ton last Friday on the London Metal Exchange, the biggest jump since last month. The commodity has gained more than 18 percent this

Nickel: best performing base metal for the year

The nickel market is still reacting to the ban on nickel ore exports imposed by top producer Indonesia earlier this year. That changed the landscape of the global nickel market, constricting supply to the biggest consumers in countries such as

Indonesia metal-ore ban: copper exports to resume in August

Indonesia introduced in January its controversial ban on exports of unprocessed minerals and ore. Under a revision of the tax, Freeport will pay a 7.5 percent duty on its copper concentrate exports, but that rate falls as it spends on

South Africa strikes: metal workers turn

The Platinum strike is barely over that already 220,000 members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa are seeking wage increases above 10 percent. Employers are offering as much as 8 percent in the first 12 months of

World’s metal slipping into the shadows

As of October, a record seven to ten million tons of aluminum were being housed in a hidden system of shadow warehouses, in countries as far apart as Malaysia and the Netherlands, according to estimates from several analysts. The amount

Nickel metal still in surplus

Whereas Deutsche Bank indicated that the nickel market outlook would be better in the first quarter, global nickel market was in surplus by 74,200 tonnes in the first six months of the year, a monthly bulletin from the Lisbon-based International

Base metals caught up in the turmoil

Industrial metals prices trading on the London Metal Exchange were shaken this week by an unexpected slowdown in Chinese growth, followed by gloomy indicators in the United States, which cast doubt on global growth strength. Like oil and gold, base