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WELCOME CHEAP CHINESE STEEL, DUMP TARRIFS

  PROPURCHASER INSIGHT:  If you’re not happy with today’s Steel prices, you might want to read this article….nothing is simple. Read the full article HERE.   05.22.16 by Boston Globe Columnist Jeff Jacoby China produces more than 820 million tons

CONTSTRUCTION MATERIAL PRICES CONTINUE FREE FALL IN FEBRUARY (2016)

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Construction costs are falling – good time to renegotiate un-awarded projects.   03.15.16 – Washington, .D.C Construction input prices fell for the eighth consecutive month during February 2016 according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor

NATURAL GAS SETTLES DOWN 2.6% AMID ONGOING MILD DEMAND

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Prices for plastic components made from Polyethylene or Polypropylene should be dropping.   02.20.16 – Warmer-than-average Winter Natural-gas prices fell to a fresh two-month low last Friday on expectations of continued mild demand. A warmer-than-average winter in

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

NICKEL TRADING LIKE IT’S 2008

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Looks like Nickel prices may stay low for a long time to come, making Stainless Steel components more economically viable than in the past.   On the London Metal Exchange (LME), benchmark nickel for three-month delivery is currently

COPPER AT LOWEST SINCE FINANCIAL CRISIS

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Industrial metals are at 6-year lows – a great time to approach suppliers to lower prices. Copper futures dipped below $5,000 a metric ton Tuesday (August 18, 2015) for the first time since the financial crisis, dropping under