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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

WTI at $45: have we reached the bottom yet?

West Texas Intermediate for March delivery decreased as much as $1.24 to $44.35 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange and was down 57 cents to $45.02 at 12:14 p.m. London time. The contract lost 72

Oil rout impacts the Canadian economy

A new Conference Board of Canada report released today at the Oil and Gas Summit 2015 in Calgary estimates Canada’s economy will suffer a 0.4 per cent hit to growth this year. Lower oil prices will have sharply differing effects

America is kicking its oil habit

“It is a great success story that we are now producing oil in the quantity that we are,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said in an interview in New York. “The independence that we’ve developed in the energy sector,

Oil: Falling Down

Brent for January settlement declined $2.88 to $66.19 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange, the lowest since Sept. 29, 2009. The volume of all futures was 4.9 percent below the 100-day average. WTI for January delivery dropped

Petrochemical prices plunge on crude

The monthly global ICIS petrochemical index (IPEX), charting price settlements for November contracts, dropped by 6.8% from a revised month earlier figure with the northeast Asia sub-index falling 7.6% and the indexes for Europe and the US down 6.7% and

The new oil order

The massive growth of shale oil production decreased OPEC capacity in setting oil prices. In a context of limited demand growth, oil prices are currently in the $80~$85 price range and unlikely to exceed $80 next year. The major factor in

The rise and fall of oil price

The price of oil has plummeted by more than a quarter since June but will Opec, which holds 60% of the world’s reserves and 30% of supplies, cut its own production to try to lift prices? Will the cartel allow