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Given the release of the producer price index late last week, it’s time for our monthly review of which industries have greater or less pricing power than normal. All charts are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and display the year/year change in producer prices.

Inorganic chemical pricing is strong. In conjunction with falling oil prices this could signal improving margins for chemical manufacturers.

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inorganic chemicals

Sawmill pricing is weaker than normal and in a declining trend. This is probably a side effect of the housing slowdown.

sawmills ppi

Pricing for corrugated boxes is strong, confirming the strong report from UPS (NYSE:UPS).

corrugated boxes ppi

Pricing for paint and coatings remains strong, which is somewhat puzzling given the weak housing and auto markets. Either more people are fixing up their old cars/houses instead of buying new ones, or the pricing power of paint is likely to peel.

paint and coatings ppi

Iron and steel mills have got their mojo back.

iron stell ppi

As does aluminum.

aluminum

The lower oil prices haven’t hurt pricing power for new oil and gas machinery.

oil and gas machinery ppi

As bad as things seem right now, it doesn’t get much better for computer manufacturers.

computer manufacturer ppi

And wireline telecom pricing power is the best it has been in years.

wireline telecom ppi

Tune in next month for more exciting behind-the-scenes reporting on the PPI.

Editor's note: ETFs covering the Basic Materials sector include iShares Dow Jones U.S. Basic Materials Index (NYSEARCA:IYM), Vanguard Materials ETF (NYSEARCA:VAW) and Materials Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLB).

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Source: September's PPI Data By Industry