Market Watch For July 2008: Material Demand

Carbon black and PVC both show increases, while copper again turns toward higher prices.

According to the 2008 ISM Manufacturing Report on Business (ROB) released on Aug. 1, not one commodity went down in price in July. However, almost 30 went up as the list continues to add new materials like carbon black, PVC and paperboard. Copper's dip in June was short-lived, while many of last month's newcomers, including acrylics, electricity and plastic, seem to have leveled off for the time being.

Commodities Up in Price

Aluminum (6)
Aluminum Extrusions (5)
Butadiene
Carbon Black
Castings Cast Iron
Caustic Soda (5)
Chemicals (3)
Copper
Copper-based Products
Corn (4)
Corn-based Products
Corrugated Containers (3)
Diesel Fuel (5)
Freight (3)
Fuel Oil #2 (3)
Fuel Surcharges (5)
Gasoline (4)
Natural Gas (9)
Paperboard
Petroleum Based Products (3)
Plastics (2)
Poly Bags
PVC
Resin-based Products
Resins (4)
Steel (7)
Steel Alloys, Cold Finished, Hot Rolled, Specialty (2)
Sulfuric Acid

Commodities Down in Price

No commodities are reported down in price.

Commodities in Short Supply

Caustic Soda (5)
Sulfuric Acid

Note: The number of consecutive months the commodity is listed is indicated after each item.

Source: July 2008 Manufacturing ISM Report on Business

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