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Metals Commodity Coverage

Price forecasts covering ferrous and non-ferrous metals, including steel, copper, aluminum, zinc, nickel, rare earths, precious metals, and more.
For more than 40 years, our team has assisted the purchasing community with critical data, expert insight and proven forecasting models covering global metals markets and the key factors that drive them. We provide a rigorous analytic framework to provide clients with a comprehensive look at price formation. Armed with a better understanding of suppliers' cost structures and market dynamics, clients can negotiate prices effectively, reducing supply chain costs and boosting the bottom line.
Procurement officers, contract professionals and cost estimators leverage this service to:
  • Monitor prices and pinpoint the best times to make key purchases
  • Understand the driving factors of price change in key alloys
  • Negotiate contract escalation clauses
  • Benchmark prices and assess purchasing performance
  • Prepare budgets and financial reviews with accurate price forecasts
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What’s included?

Industry Analysis

Understand costs and empower negotiations with:

  • Price forecasts for 50+ metals concepts
  • Segmented reviews of prices, supply and demand by industry and geography
  • Dynamic tables outlining market conditions
  • Access to the latest analysis of industry trends
Commodity and Concept Coverage
Ferrous Metals
    Raw materials
  • Coking Coal
  • Iron Ore
  • Raw Iron
  • Iron and Steel Smelting
  • Heavy Melt Scrap #1/#2
  • Shredded Scrap
  • Billets
  • Variable Production Costs

    Steel flat products
  • Carbon Plate
  • Cold Rolled
  • Hot Rolled
  • Hot Dipped Galvanized Sheet
    Steel long products
  • Concrete Reinforcing Bar
  • Wire Rod (Mesh Quality)
  • Merchant Bar
  • Structural
    Fabricated metals
  • Architectural and structural metals
  • Boiler, tank and shipping container
  • Casting
  • Cans, drums and pails
  • Hardware
  • Ferrous forgings
  • Metal windows &doors
  • Metal tanks
  • Pipe and Tubing
  • Primary Products
  • Screw, nuts and bolts
  • Tools
    Non-Ferrous Metals
  • Aluminum
  • Gold
  • Rare Earths
  • Cobalt
  • Lead
  • Scrap, Smelting and Pressing
  • Copper
  • Molybdenum
  • Tin
  • Ferro-Alloys
  • Nickel
  • Titanium
  • Forgings
  • Palladium
  • Wire & Cable
  • Foundries
  • Platinum
  • Zinc
  • Stainless Products
  • Stainless Sheet (304)
  • Special Quality Bar (1018)
  • Ferrochrome
  • Ferro-Manganese
  • Ferro-Silicon
Forecast Horizon & Updates

Horizon: Up to 10-year outlook

Updates: Weekly/Monthly/Quarterly

Tools and Calculators
The Cost Analyzer allows for deep insight into past and future price changes so you can cut spending, assess your buying performance and favorably negotiate purchase contracts. Providing input cost breakdowns for metals, the Analyzer enables clients to:
  • Analyze/Alter/Combine individual data series relevant to your business questions in a dedicated workspace
  • Export the data in refreshable Excel workbook or PowerPoint to plug into existing models, tools or applications for further analysis
  • Perform margin analysis on supplier industries
  • Customize or alter 500+ pre-built cost models to check the competitiveness of a supplier's price
Alloy Cost Calculator
  • Provides cost breakdowns for 300+ alloys and specialty steels regionally for North America, Europe, and Asia in Excel spreadsheets.
  • Allows quick assessment of metal alloy costs using the latest pricing & purchasing forecast
Geographic Coverage
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China 
  • Europe
  • France 
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy 
  • Japan 
  • Russia 
  • South Africa 
  • Turkey
  • United States

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John Anton

Mr. Anton has expertise in the ferrous metals industry, he is responsible for evaluating the outlook for steel. He also specializes in forecasting commodities and works closely with the Automotive, Construction, Energy and Economics teams at IHS Markit. Steel demand is linked to outlooks from these key sectors. In turn, the profitability of these sectors can rise or fall depending on the price and availability of steel.Prior to joining IHS Markit, now IHS Markit, in 1995, he was in the private practice of law as well as an economist and statistician for the United States Department of Labor in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Mr. John Anton received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Florida State University, US, and a Juris Doctor from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, US.

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KC Chang,, MA, MS

His expertise resides in the commodity sector, where he is responsible for the nonferrous and precious metals forecasts including platinum and palladium. His latest research focuses on supply chain risks and opportunities for minor metals such as cobalt, lithium and rare earth elements used in the growing electric vehicle industry. In the past, KC worked on several projects focused on global cost analysis for clients in the energy and mining sector. These projects helped clients estimate capital costs and develop cost-effective procurement solutions for key materials and services. In addition to his work with clients, KC provides commodity market commentary to various news organizations including Bloomberg, Reuters, National Public Radio, Kitco Metals, Metal Bulletin and the American Metal Market.Mr. Chang received his M.A. in economics and his M.S. in statistics from the George Washington University. He also received his in finance and mathematics from McGill University.

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John Mothersole

As director of research, Mr. Mothersole sets and executes research priorities to identify potential supply chain risks and opportunities. His other duties include providing inflation analysis for the US Economic Forecasting Service, World Industry Service and the metal price forecasts within the Global Link Model at IHS Markit. He is directly responsible for nonferrous metal forecasts. He has more than 30 years of experience in price analysis and price forecasting. A member of the National Association of Business Economists (NABE), Mr. Mothersole holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Economics, both from the University of Maryland, US.

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