When we look at the industrial metals complex, we can see some stronger performance in some of the metals. The entire industrial metals group is up 7.9% in the past thirty days and 2.4% YTD. Aluminum is doing better as a specific commodity, up 6.8% in the last month and 2.5% higher YTD. Copper […]
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 borrow an old phrase). There are also two different components to transportation that we have to consider. Those segments that move raw materials are […]
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 issue? Or, is it one of not enough new construction and a real underweight in the Chinese economy? In either case, it doesn’t matter too […]
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 many of you may not know how many different products include palladium, here is a list of uses from Stillwater Palladium and those include:
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 complex. The data was tough to really use until we could get a bit further into the year, but we now have some solid data […]
Call it weakness in the IT sector or call it a sign that global economic weakness might be worse than we thought. Whatever your view of copper is, the chart isn’t pretty. We might have some copper oversupply issues at play here.
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. But, we have a favorite. The S&P GSCI Index is just one of those sources that give us a nice scorecard for certain commodities. You […]
The copper market used to be one of the global economic indicators we could all watch to get a good idea of what was happening with the rest of the global economy. As one of the primary inputs into the manufacturing process, when copper was rising, so was global manufacturing demand. And, we know that […]
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.
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 least everything with an electronic component to it. So, over the past decade, we could look at copper prices and figure out what was happening […]