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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

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

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

Dollar weakens to 2-year low before jobless data

The dollar slid to a two-year low against the euro as concern that U.S. growth was hampered by a government shutdown earlier this month fueled bets the Federal Reserve will delay reducing stimulus. The dollar slid 0.2 percent to $1.3803