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U.S. SPOT ETHYLENE CLOSES AT HIGHEST SINCE AUGUST 2015

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Ethylene rise will exert upwards pressure on Polyethylene prices.   March 2016 – Houston U.S. front-month spot ethylene closed the week ended Friday at its highest since August 2015 on tight supply.  Early in the week, spot

LUMBER PRICES JUMP AS TRUDEAU-OBAMA MEETING FUELS HOPES FOR TRADE PACT

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  With wood prices rising, now is probably a good time to renegotiate pallet and crating contracts.   03.11.16 – Lumber prices touch 8-month high after state visit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised expectations that the latest chapter in

FERROUS SUPPLY CHAIN REELING AMID UNPRECEDENTED PRICE HIKES IN STEEL, IRON ORE

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: The surge in Chinese steel prices is bound to put pressure on steel prices globally.   03.07.16 – Precipitous climb in prices The ferrous supply chain reeled March 7 amid a precipitous and unprecedented climb in steel

LOWER HRC STEEL PRICES AVAILABLE AS WEAKNESS PERSISTS (U.S.)

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Steel prices are still under pricing pressure.   February 2016 – Pittsburgh US hot-rolled coil prices remained under pressure earlier this month as buyers noted sub-$400/st spot availability from certain mills for larger volume buys. Platts maintained

NUCOR CORP PROJECTS GROWTH IN 2016

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  More signs U.S. steel prices may have bottomed – good time to consider locking in supply. Steel prices have been under considerable pressure from imports Like all U.S. steelmakers, Nucor (NYSE:NUE) has been under pressure from imports, and

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

US FLAT-ROLLED STEEL PRICES INCREASE FOLLOWING HIKES

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Steel prices at mills may have bottomed out so now might be a good time to lock in pricing for products and components.   1.14.16 – Upward momentum on the back of more price hikes Hot-rolled and

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

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