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What the Transports are Telling Us about the Economy.

It’s a theme we continue to write about. Transportation continues to be one of the key barometers of economic activity. When the transportation sector is moving, America is moving (to…

China Steel Market Woes Continue.

When we think about the Chinese steel industry (as a barometer for economic activity), we see prices down across the board. How do we explain it? Is it an oversupply…

Remember the Palladium Story? $

We just wanted to give you an update on Palladium prices – the primary metal used in catalytic converters (we wrote a lengthy article about it several weeks ago). Since…

Industrial Metals Update for 2015 $

We mentioned throughout the last couple of years that the S&P Dow Jones Indices for commodities is one of our favorite sources for getting great summary information on the commodities…

Update on Industrial Metals $

Update on Industrial Metals  $

We have said many times that there are many ways to measure and monitor industrial metal prices. There are more ways to buy metals than there are companies tracking them.…

Quick look at Industrial Metals $

Quick look at Industrial Metals  $

We haven’t updated the industrial metals prices in some time, so we thought we would take a look at the S&P’s GSCI today.…

We may Lose Copper as an Economic Barometer $

We may Lose Copper as an Economic Barometer  $

Copper has been one of those great commodities that we have been able to use to help forecast global growth. The metal is used in just about everything – at…

Steel Prices Fluctuate on Speculation $

Steel Prices Fluctuate on Speculation  $

Steel prices are complex. It isn’t good enough to just watch the three core components of coking coal, iron ore, and scrap metal to figure out where prices are headed.…

Copper Weakness and What it really is Telling Us $

Copper Weakness and What it really is Telling Us  $

We heard a report today on copper and a debate of sorts with one analyst saying that the drop in copper is a sign that conditions in China (especially) are…

Global Steel Prices Continue to Dip $

Global Steel Prices Continue to Dip  $

This isn’t a perfect science, but one can take a look at the global composite carbon steel price index and see what’s happening to the broadest measure of industrial metals…

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