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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

CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS PRICES STILL IN FREE FALL

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Construction material costs continue to fall – a good time to ask your contractor to re-quote or perhaps go back to the market for fresh bids.   01.15.16 – Bureau of Labour Statistics Producer Price Index Reports

BASE METAL PRICES PLUMMET

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

NATURAL GAS IN STORAGE REACHES RECORD LEVEL: NOVEMBER 2015

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Record storage means Natural Gas prices likely to remain low for the foreseeable future. Set to beat 2012 record The U.S. has tied and is set to surpass a record for the amount of natural gas in storage, according

U.S. FLAT-ROLLED STEEL PRICES UNCHANGED

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Falling steel prices mean opportunities continue to negotiate prices reductions for steel components.   U.S. hot-rolled and cold-rolled steel coil prices were still under pressure on Monday with many anticipating further declines but current levels were unchanged.  Platts

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

Lead paints a dark picture

Lead for delivery in three months slid 2.2 percent to $1,878 a metric ton by 1:26 p.m. Wednesday on the London Metal Exchange. It reached the lowest price since August 2012. The metal, also used in radiation shielding, fell 15

How low can gold go?

Gold for December delivery slipped 0.1 percent to $1,170.60 an ounce by 7:55 a.m. on the Comex in New York. Prices declined as much as 0.9 percent to $1,161 earlier today, before rebounding. Bullion for immediate delivery retreated 0.2 percent

Brent under $100 in more than a year

Brent and U.S. crude futures both fell more than $1 on Friday after data showing U.S. non-farm payrolls rose by 142,000 in August, well below a forecast 225,000, casting doubt on the pace of growth in the world’s biggest oil-consuming

Commodities 2014 outlook

Contrary to initial apprehensions of a market backlash to anticipated Chinese slowdown, the metals demand growth in the Asian giant has actually surprised to the upside. This has been helped by strong raw material availability. What’s more, absolute demand growth