Electrical Economy http://ewweb.com/taxonomy/term/7388/more en DISC’s Latest Flash Update – Look for Better Growth in 2017 http://ewweb.com/market-forecasts/disc-s-latest-flash-update-look-better-growth-2017 <div class="node-body article-body">Herm Isenstein, president, DISC Corp., Orange, Conn., and the electrical market’s leading economist, has updated his forecasts for 2016-2017 on his new Flash Update, a monthly forecasting service launched earlier this year.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/market-forecasts/disc-s-latest-flash-update-look-better-growth-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/market-forecasts/disc-s-latest-flash-update-look-better-growth-2017#comments Market Forecasts DISC forecast Isenstein Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:14:00 +0000 34921 at http://ewweb.com BHP Billiton Betting Big on Copper with $900 Million in Expansion Plans http://ewweb.com/materials-pricing/bhp-billiton-betting-big-copper-900-million-expansion-plans <div class="node-body article-body">BHP Billiton, a London-based global energy conglomerate with $35.5 billion in annual revenues and 80,000 employees, will be placing a big bet on copper over the next year. According to a report in Copper Investing News, the company will spend approximately US$900 million on exploration in the next financial year. </div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/materials-pricing/bhp-billiton-betting-big-copper-900-million-expansion-plans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/materials-pricing/bhp-billiton-betting-big-copper-900-million-expansion-plans#comments Materials Pricing copper wire and cable Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:57:00 +0000 34851 at http://ewweb.com BHP Billiton Electrical Industry on Hold http://ewweb.com/market-forecasts/electrical-industry-hold <div class="field-deck"> Most of the largest electrical distributors in North America expect growth in 2016, despite challenges in the energy and industrial markets. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Electrical industry sales were down more than 1.5% in the first quarter, and we view first quarter performance as history, not a forecast. But let’s try to put this in some context. Few if any industries can thrive against the tide of a slow-growing economy.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/market-forecasts/electrical-industry-hold" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/market-forecasts/electrical-industry-hold#comments Market Forecasts Gold Mon, 13 Jun 2016 20:47:00 +0000 34411 at http://ewweb.com The 2016 Top 200: Analysis http://ewweb.com/top-200/2016-top-200-analysis <div class="field-deck"> Most of the largest electrical distributors in North America expect growth in 2016, despite challenges in the energy and industrial markets. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">At a time when many distributors would be happy with growth somewhere in the industry’s historical range of 4% to 8%, a surprising number of respondents to this year’s survey expect double-digit sales growth in 2016.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/top-200/2016-top-200-analysis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/top-200/2016-top-200-analysis#comments Economic Indicators Top 200 Gold Mon, 13 Jun 2016 20:03:00 +0000 34401 at http://ewweb.com Odd Time in the Oil Patch http://ewweb.com/electrical-economy/odd-time-oil-patch <div class="field-deck"> Electrical distributors who rode the boom in oil and gas face uncertainty as the sector slows. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Electrical distributors serving the oil-producing regions have been forced to reconfigure their businesses at those branches to match what the remaining flow of business justifies.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/electrical-economy/odd-time-oil-patch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/electrical-economy/odd-time-oil-patch#comments Electrical Economy Gold Tue, 10 May 2016 22:28:00 +0000 33391 at http://ewweb.com zhengzaishuru/iStock/Thinkstock Metals Markets Rise Again http://ewweb.com/materials-pricing/metals-markets-rise-again <div class="node-body article-body">Most markets rose last week, with some like tin and zinc making new short term highs, while others, notably copper, lead, and crude oil are testing overhead resistance, according to John Gross, president. J.E. Gross & Associates (<a href="http://www.jegross.com" title="www.jegross.com">www.jegross.com</a>).</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/materials-pricing/metals-markets-rise-again" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/materials-pricing/metals-markets-rise-again#comments Materials Pricing copper metals wire and cable Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:32:00 +0000 31631 at http://ewweb.com The Distributed Future http://ewweb.com/solar/distributed-future <div class="field-deck"> The movement toward widespread use of distributed sources of power, from small rooftop solar systems to community and campus microgrids, is gaining momentum and giving shape to the power systems of the future. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The future is coming on fast in the world of electric power. We&rsquo;ve talked over the past two years in these pages about the potential disruption to come from distributed energy resources (DER) or distributed generation. Over that time, some of the what-ifs have become real world transitions and new what-ifs have become a little more compelling. Recent news reports and research publications give some hints of what a future rich in distributed generation options might look like.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/solar/distributed-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/solar/distributed-future#comments Market Forecasts Management Solar Gold Tue, 01 Mar 2016 19:45:00 +0000 31821 at http://ewweb.com Frank Peters/iStock/Thinkstock February Purchasing Managers Index Still Weak - IHS Global Insight Commentary http://ewweb.com/economic-indicators/february-purchasing-managers-index-still-weak-ihs-global-insight-commentary <div class="field-byline"> Michael Montgomery, US Economist, IHS Global Insight </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Check out this insightful and amusing commentary by Michael Montgomery, U.S. economist, IHS Global Insight on the latest Purchasing Managers Index.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/economic-indicators/february-purchasing-managers-index-still-weak-ihs-global-insight-commentary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/economic-indicators/february-purchasing-managers-index-still-weak-ihs-global-insight-commentary#comments Economic Indicators Global Insight Michael Montgomery Purchasing Managers Index Tue, 01 Mar 2016 18:13:00 +0000 31301 at http://ewweb.com Will Copper History Repeat Itself in 2016? http://ewweb.com/materials-pricing/will-copper-history-repeat-itself-2016 <div class="field-byline"> John Gross, J.E. Gross &amp; Co. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Today’s wild gyrations in copper pricing are nothing new to the metals market. The industry survived an even wilder ride in the 1980s. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Take a look at the long-term relationship of copper prices to the prime lending rate over the past 45 years. Generally speaking, higher interest rates associate with halting market declines, and often accompany rising copper prices.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/materials-pricing/will-copper-history-repeat-itself-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/materials-pricing/will-copper-history-repeat-itself-2016#comments Materials Pricing Community & Opinions Commentary Gold Wed, 17 Feb 2016 20:42:00 +0000 30851 at http://ewweb.com (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images) DISC Corp.’s New Flash Update Points to Sales Decline in 2016 Electrical Wholesaling Industry http://ewweb.com/economic-indicators/disc-corp-s-new-flash-update-points-sales-decline-2016-electrical-wholesaling-in <div class="node-body article-body">When the right mix of key economic indicators line up in the wrong constellation the only outcome is bad news for the electrical industry, according to DISC Corp.’s new Flash Update, which offers subscribers a quick monthly summary on the health of the key economic indicators that shape the electrical wholesaling industry.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/economic-indicators/disc-corp-s-new-flash-update-points-sales-decline-2016-electrical-wholesaling-in" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/economic-indicators/disc-corp-s-new-flash-update-points-sales-decline-2016-electrical-wholesaling-in#comments Economic Indicators DISC Isenstein Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:54:00 +0000 30811 at http://ewweb.com