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CHINA 2016 STEEL PRICES FALL TO 10%: STANDARD & POOR’S

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Chinese Steel prices are under downward pressure; this is likely to keep components sourced from China competitive.   03.15.16 – Singapore The average price for steel in China this year could drop 10 percent from 2015 on

STEEL SHEET TUMBLES TO 11-YEAR LOW

  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

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

Oversupply Driving Down Raw Materials Costs

So far this year, U.S. oil futures are down 13%, while cotton prices have fallen 19%. Sugar is 20% lower. Copper is off 21% from its February 2011 record. A glut of raw materials from crude oil to copper to

Lumber Futures Reverse Slide – WSJ.com

U.S. lumber futures were up by the daily limit of $10 a 1,000 board feet Wednesday as reports of a large sale of wood to China filtered through the market, reversing a dramatic slide that saw the lead May contract

Korea Line Files for Receivership as Bulk Rates Fall (Update1) – Bloomberg.com

The Baltic Dry Index, a measure of rates for vessels used to ship iron ore, coal and other commodities, fell 1.8 percent yesterday to 1,345, the lowest since Feb. 4, 2009. Korea Line Corp., South Korea’s second-largest operator of dry-bulk

Nickel Heading to Oversupply by 2013 – Bloomberg.com

The nickel market is heading for oversupply by 2013 on current projections, prompting a decline in prices, said research firm Brook Hunt. “We are apparently heading towards oversupply by 2013, but it won’t be anywhere near as much as” expected