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  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Opportunities abound for negotiating lower prices on Japanese-produced steel products.   12.17.15 – Japan’s domestic oversupply and slowing exports The price of steel sheet continues to fall in Japan and has now sunk to the lowest level

Japan to launch first LNG futures market in 2015

Japan, the world’s biggest importer of LNG, pays about $18 per British thermal units, versus$10 in Europe and $3~4 in the U.S. It is tired of paying such a price for a resource that has become so important. So Japan

Commodities Slump a Second Day on Japan Nuclear Crisis, Economy –

Commodities slid the most in four weeks, led by declines in oil, wheat and industrial metals, after Japan raised the severity rating of its nuclear crisis and earthquakes struck the nation. The Standard & Poor’s GSCI spot index of 24

Commodities Gain As Japan Fears Ease –

Commodities markets pushed higher, with oil back above $100 a barrel and grain prices surging, on rising confidence in Japan's ability to mount a recovery. Corn futures hit trading limits after the latest batch of U.S. export sales indicated strong

Japan Disaster Weighs on Steel –

The price of hot-rolled steel, which is widely used and considered a benchmark product, has fallen about 3.5% to about $735 a metric ton in China since earlier this month. However, prices of hot-rolled steel in the U.S. continue to

Commodities Tumble, Led By Oil, as Japan Quake Threatens Demand –

Commodities fell for a fourth day, led by a 2.5 percent slide in crude oil, as Japan’s biggest earthquake and nuclear crisis spurred concern that demand for energy and raw materials will shrink. The Standard & Poor’s GSCI spot index

Crop Prices Tumble as Japan Earthquake Threatens to Erode Demand –

Corn, wheat, soybean and rice futures tumbled after Japan was struck by its largest earthquake on record, threatening to curb demand from the Asian country, a major importer of U.S. crops. Japan, the largest buyer of U.S. corn, is checking