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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

U.S. SPOT ETHYLENE CLOSES AT HIGHEST SINCE AUGUST 2015

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Ethylene rise will exert upwards pressure on Polyethylene prices.   March 2016 – Houston U.S. front-month spot ethylene closed the week ended Friday at its highest since August 2015 on tight supply.  Early in the week, spot

BRENT OIL PRICES AT LOWEST LEVELS IN OVER A DECADE

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Transportation, plastic components, and petrochemicals all ripe for downward price negotiations. 12.30.15 – Expanding global surplus due to high-paced production sparks fears that prices will fall further Below $34 a barrel for the first time since 2009 Brent

RUBBER PRICES FALL EVEN MORE AS COMMODITIES SLUMP

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Rubber prices are at 6-year lows – a good time to approach suppliers for price decreases.   Rubber has emerged as one of the worst performers amid the slump in global commodities in recent weeks, thanks to a

U.S. OIL WILL LIKELY SLIDE TO $30

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Lubricants, plastics and transportation are all candidates for price reduction.     Toward prices not seen since the last financial crisis As U.S. oil fell to a six-year low below $41 a barrel on Wednesday, an increasing number