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WHEAT FUTURES PLUNGE TO NEW 10-YEAR LOWS

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Wheat prices at 10-year lows are exerting downward pricing pressure on bakery products and animal feed.   Wheat futures plunged to fresh ten-year lows, on heavy world supplies and the stronger dollar. “We continue to see a large

ARE ZINC PRICES SOARING?

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Upwards pressure on Zinc makes it difficult for galvanized steel buyers   |   08.13.16 – Pacific Northwest – Caught between an updraft by dwindling supply and the gravity of slwoing growth in global deman, zinc prices seem to

WHY DID NATURAL GAS PRICES FALL TO TWO-MONTH LOWS?

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Why Natural Gas prices remain so low and are likely to remain so   |   08.12.16 – Natural gas prices  – Natural gas futures contracts for September delivery fell by 0.4% and settled at $2.55 per MMBtu (million

U.S. OIL PRICES ENTER BEAR MARKET

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: $40 Crude brings opportunity to negotiate lower prices for a wide variety of products   |   08.12.16 – Crude settles at $40.06 a barrel, down from early June – Oil prices entered a bear market, briefly dipping below

GRAINS, SOYBEAN PRICES LOWER, AS BIG CROPS LOOM

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Corn at 2-year low; Wheat at 10-year low; Soybeans fall below $10   |   08.03.16 – Chicago – Prices of grain and soybean futures faltered on Tuesday, pressured by better-than-expected crop conditions and mounting expectations that U.S. farmers

A CHANGE IN FORTUNES: U.S. STEEL PRICES FALL

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Signs Steel prices are falling   |   07.25.16 – Flat-rolled U.S. products gained more than 60% already in 2016 – Steel has seen a change in fortunes this year. It has actually been the best-performing industrial metal (DBC)

RUBBER PRICES ON SLOW RISE

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Despite recent rise, Rubber prices are still near 6-month lows   |   07.13.16 – Reuters – Benchmark Tokyo rubber futures bounced back on Monday, snapping a four-day losing streak and recovering from a near five-month low hit last

CORN HEADS BACK TO BEAR MARKET AS U.S. RAINS SPARK REVERSAL

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Falling Corn costs mean lower prices throughout the food chain   07.05.16 – Back to bear market and entering bull territory Corn futures are heading back to a bear market less than a month after entering bull territory

WORST WHEAT PRICES IN A DECADE

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Wheat prices (like Corn) are falling rapidly adding more downward pressure to food prices |   07.06.16 – In free fall – Wheat prices are in free fall, hitting the lowest levels on international futures exchanges in a

NATURAL GAS RISES AS POWER-SECTOR DEMAND HOLDS STRONG

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Natural Gas rising but still at near historical lows   |   06.27.16 – 5th winning season in the last 7 years – Natural gas prices rose Monday, pushing back toward the 10-month highs set last week as power-sector