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The Quiet “Creeping” of Copper. $

If you have been with us for a while, you know that copper is one of those “market indicator” commodities that we like to watch. It’s used as a raw…

Commodity Growth Continues. $

We like to give you a general barometer of what is happening with commodity prices across the board once in a while.  And as many of you know, we turn…

Supplier Concerns Emerging? $

Supplier Concerns Emerging?   $

There is a notion starting to rear its head in some circles concerning suppliers and concerns that suppliers to manufacturers can’t get their act together. That is pushing manufacturers to…

“Making Executive Steel”

“Making Executive Steel”

  I heard a sermon this morning on the way to work describing how we all get “hardened like steel” through the fires of challenge and the pounding of adversity.…

Watch Aluminum Prices.

Just a short piece…but India is expected to increase consumption of aluminum in construction and manufacturing at the rate of 20 million tonnes (MT) in the “near future”.  Today, it…

Similar Story in Brazil.

We could have tagged this one on to the story above. But, it has a lot more to do with Brazil demand for steel – which is dropping. The Brazil…

Chinese Steel Firm Defaults on Loan, CEO Commits Suicide. 

Just a few days after the Chairman of Dongbei Special Steel Group was found dead in an apparent suicide, the company defaulted on a $131 million bond payment. There is…

Some Industrial Metals Stabilizing. $

According to the latest GSCI indexes from S&P, there is some stabilization occurring in primary industrial metals in December. That could be because of some early order activity building for…

China Steel Dumping Roiling US and EU. $

China Steel Dumping Roiling US and EU.   $

  We and others have been writing about the China steel surplus problem for several quarters now. It’s no secret that China has such overproduction in the steel complex that…

Turning to Industrial Metals for Clues. $

Turning to Industrial Metals for Clues.   $

We can often look to the commodities complex to try and get an idea of what is moving (and what isn’t) in the broader economy.  Even in a situation where…

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