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Chemical barometer slowing

March 29, 2016
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copper prices off bottom

March 29, 2016
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Oil prices showing movement up

March 29, 2016
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Steel production remains at a low level but off a severe bottom

March 29, 2016
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Copper prices continue to rise

March 22, 2016
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Oil price stable around $37 a barrel

March 22, 2016
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Steel prices stall at improved but low level

March 22, 2016
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Low capital spending

March 18, 2016
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The chart under the magnifying glass shows that companies are adding to the national stock of capital at an historically slow pace. In a separate calculation, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that what it calls “capital intensity”—the ratio of capital used to hours worked—was so weak that it actually subtracted from workers’ productivity from 2010 through 2014.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-17/the-mystery-of-america-s-missing-capital-investment


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Copper prices stay up

March 15, 2016
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Oil prices rise.

March 15, 2016
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