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  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Falling Corn prices will exert downward pressure on most of the food chain.   06.21.16 – Supply outlook improves in the U.S. and Brazil Corn futures in Chicago fell by the most in three years and prices


  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Construction material costs continue to fall – a good time to ask your contractor to re-quote or perhaps go back to the market for fresh bids.   01.15.16 – Bureau of Labour Statistics Producer Price Index Reports

Brazilian pig-iron industry update – Copyright, Bryan Berry. Posted by permission

Since our previous 2012 article “Brazilian Iron Ore and the Environment“, there have been a number of several significant changes in the Brazilian pig-iron industry and its U.S. customers. At that time, companies were recalcitrant in meeting their responsibilities to

Palm oil at 6-week high on Brazil drought

The price of palm oil is at a six-week high, on speculation of an increase in overseas  demand due to fears of a soybeans supply shortage. Investors indeed fear that the low soybean production due to the Brazil drought, the

Citrus greening cuts Florida orange forecast to lowest since 1990

Orange juice futures are expected to rise after a widespread citrus greening disease, more properly known as Huanglongbing or HLB, in Florida is causing fruit to drop early. Orange juice futures in New York will rally 18 percent to $1.6465 a pound by

Brazil orange harvest down 15%

The Brazilian orange harvest will be completed soon. Started last July, it should finish at the end of January, with a declining production. A Jan. 8 report from the Center for Advanced Studies on Applied Economics (CEPEA) in Sao Paulo, which monitors

Palm Oil Seen Advancing 23%

At a time when consumers are focused on food costs that are within about 3 percent of a record, stockpiles of edible oils needed to make everything from noodles to fish sticks are dropping to a 3-decade low. The combined

China Pork Binge Driving Iowa-Sized Soy Imports on Shortage (3) –

All the soybeans in Iowa won’t be enough to meet the anticipated surge in China’s imports over the next four years as the nation feeds a record pig herd and drives bean prices to an all-time high. China, which doubled

Steel Price Softens as Supply Solidifies –

“Steel buyers in the United States are bearish on the price outlook for hot-rolled,” he says. “They’re now receiving offers for hot-rolled band from abroad in the $740-$800 per-net-ton range, which compares to the domestic price in the $870-$890 per-ton

Iron-Ore Mining Firms Boost Output, Prices –

The world’s biggest iron-ore miners are running at record production rates and boosting prices, maintaining the upward momentum begun in earnest in the second half of 2010. In anticipation of continued high raw-material costs, steelmakers are trying to boost their