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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

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

NICKEL PRICES FALL TO NEAR 2009 LOWS

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Great time to approach your Stainless Steel parts suppliers for a price decrease.   Nickel already halved its year-to-date value This week, prices fell below the $10,000 per metric ton, a physiological resistance level.  Prices are now approaching

METALS PRICES FOLLOW GOLD’S WAKE IN MULTIYEAR LOWS

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: A great time to be calling your metal parts suppliers and negotiating decreases.   China adding to market malaise Prices of major traded-metals have tumbled to multi-year lows as weak Chinese manufacturing data added to the brew of excess

PP, PS PRICES UP – PE, PVC PRICES FLAT

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Not all plastic feedstocks are up – good information for pushing back against increases for Polyethylene and PVC based products and components An upwards price surge for PS and PP may continue this month, although the driving factors are

A Better Way webinar – The Golden Rule of Negotiations – Nov.13

“Never enter negotiations without first researching what has happened to your supplier’s costs.” Why is this Golden Rule so important to our profession? Attend this 20-minute live webinar and find out. Rod Sherkin, president of ProPurchaser, not only explains where

Commodity prices volatility is the biggest risk – The CFO Summit

The Economist recently held an event for European Finance Leader called the CFO Summit in London. Over 100 CFOs and finance leaders met to discuss a lot of different issues. Among these issues were: The outlook for policy, investment and