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The U.S. Natural Gas Story in 15 Charts

The story of U.S. natural gas gets referenced a lot but you may not know whats going on. Here are 15 charts that tell the story of the U.S. natural gas market which has been completely changed by the rise

U.S. OIL PRICES ENTER BEAR MARKET

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: $40 Crude brings opportunity to negotiate lower prices for a wide variety of products   |   08.12.16 – Crude settles at $40.06 a barrel, down from early June – Oil prices entered a bear market, briefly dipping below

MADE IN THE USA: A CASE FOR RESHORING

Re-shoring Gives Economic Hope to Manufacturers Offshore outsourcing has become one of the hot button political issues of the day. Especially in light of the U.S. economic downturn, there is a desperate need for more jobs for American workers, while

CORN HEADS BACK TO BEAR MARKET AS U.S. RAINS SPARK REVERSAL

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Falling Corn costs mean lower prices throughout the food chain   07.05.16 – Back to bear market and entering bull territory Corn futures are heading back to a bear market less than a month after entering bull territory

NATURAL GAS RISES AS POWER-SECTOR DEMAND HOLDS STRONG

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Natural Gas rising but still at near historical lows   |   06.27.16 – 5th winning season in the last 7 years – Natural gas prices rose Monday, pushing back toward the 10-month highs set last week as power-sector

WELCOME CHEAP CHINESE STEEL, DUMP TARRIFS

  PROPURCHASER INSIGHT:  If you’re not happy with today’s Steel prices, you might want to read this article….nothing is simple. Read the full article HERE.   05.22.16 by Boston Globe Columnist Jeff Jacoby China produces more than 820 million tons

STEEL MILLS BOOSTING PRICES: COLD-ROLLED COIL HITS A ONE-YEAR HIGH

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  With cheap imports gone, North American steel makers keep raising prices.   04.18.16 – Trading barely above multiyear lows Steel is being a different animal this year. While metals such as aluminum, copper and nickel are trading

CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS PRICES STILL IN FREE FALL

  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

Wheat: Ukraine intents to ban exports

A hot, dry summer like never before in the history of the United States, Russia and Eastern Europe has led to lower yields for the global production of corn and wheat. Now, Ukraine announced its intent to ban wheat exports from

Lumber at 18-month high; Cotton at 5-month

Lumber prices shot higher this week, reaching the highest price in over 18 months, spurred on by a stronger housing market. On Wednesday, the US Commerce Department released figures showing that new home construction in September reached an annualized rate