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Steel Tariffs a Double-Edged Sword?

A double-edged metal sword As domestic prices rise from a tariff on Chinese steel, some worry the lack of cheap metal will weaken the ability for U.S. manufacturers to compete in the global marketplace. Now the greatest fear we have is that China keeps the cheap steel for itself and makes products that undercut other

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Tesla Effect: Lithium to Lift Commodities

Lithium to Benefit Aluminum, Copper Today, battery-powered vehicles represent only 2% of the consumer market, with lithium demand for batteries at about 175,000 tons annually. Manufacturers including Tesla, Chevrolet, and Nissan have plans to expand production significantly over the next five years, requiring more lithium, which is concentrated in a handful of locations in Chile,


Analysis: 2015 Was Awful for Metal Prices

Analysis Shows Continued Decline Scrap metal prices have fallen by 50 percent in four years, forcing scrap yards to find ways to navigate a tough market. Demand from overseas markets like Turkey and China, which were big customers of scrap metal in boom times, has slowed. Industry watchers say 2015 was an exceptionally awful year