Author Archives: Fouad Egbaria



Commodities Roundup: Tesla’s battery shift hurts cobalt, nickel; coronavirus strains supply chains; zinc market posts 2019 deficit

Here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. MetalMiner, a sister site of ours, scours the landscape for what matters. This week: Tesla is switching away from cobalt and nickel batteries for its less expensive electric cars in China. In other news, the coronavirus continues to upset supply chains and concern companies and countries around the globe. Also, catch up on zinc and copper shortfalls for 2019.

Commodities Roundup: European steel consumption weak; France objects to China firm’s British Steel bid; strong dollar and coronavirus pressure commodities

For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. MetalMiner, a sister site of ours, scours the landscape for what matters. This week:

Commodities Roundup: Aluminum production rises; tariffs to extend to steel, aluminum derivatives; coronavirus fallout; USMCA now law

For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. MetalMiner, a sister site of ours, scours the landscape for what matters. This week:

Commodities Roundup: Steel prices; commodities bear market; U.S.-China trade deal keeps tariffs for next phase

MetalMiner, a sister site of ours, scours the landscape for what matters. As MetalMiner’s Belinda Fuller noted this week, U.S. steel prices made gains in the first half of December. In other news, rare earths miner Lynas awaits a license to mine the material in Malaysia. And a look at the commodities market shows that it's not benefitting like the stock market and could be hurt if the dollar weakens. Also, the tariffs on China stay until phase two of the U.S.-China trade deal can be hammered out.