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An interesting event in 2020: US HRC price dips below the China HRC price
Senior Price Reporter, Michael Cowden, talks about what happened in July & August around the US, European and Chinese HRC price and how the US market might or will recover going into fall 2020.
A comprehensive look at the US steel flat-rolled market
US Steel flat-rolled products for the week of September 7, 2020
Hot-rolled coil prices in the United States rose above $27.50 per hundredweight for the first time since late March due to a combination of forces that have quickly elevated prices.
Fastmarkets’ daily steel hot-rolled coil index, fob mill US was calculated at $27.65 per cwt ($553 per ton) on Friday September 11, up by 0.9% from $27.40 per cwt on September 10 and 4.7% from $26.40 per cwt on September 4.
Inputs were received in a range of $26-30 per cwt, a spread of $4 per cwt. The lower end of that range represents prices for deals booked just before some mills started offering at higher prices. The higher end represents the higher offers from those mills.
Producers are booked through October, with lead times into early and mid-November, according to market participants. That - combined with low import levels, higher domestic ferrous scrap prices, lean inventories, planned and unplanned mill outages, and short-term production issues - has created a unique scenario putting strong upward pressure on prices in a relatively short amount of time.
Demand also remains somewhat healthy with the exception of oil and gas, according to some market participants, although not everyone agreed that it has improved that much. Supply is expected to be tight in coming weeks, sources said. As a result, mills are reportedly in no hurry to sell unless they receive orders at higher prices, they said. Still, some buyers cautioned against picking up a significant amount of tons now, pointing to the possibility that prices could tumble after shooting up so fast.
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The outages and short-term production issues have made everyone get of the fence to buy some stock, and now we're here in a pretty good order book and backlog into November.
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We understand how important hot-rolled coil (HRC) is to the steel industry, that’s why we provide a wide range of detailed coverage for this material. From prices and price forecasts to the latest breaking news plus long-term analysis of supply and demand our experts can prepare you for anything you need.
Due to increased volatility and feedback from participants in the flat-rolled markets, in November 2018 we increased the frequency of our HRC index to daily to provide a more market-reflective picture of what's happening. This means that every day our reporters are speaking to members of the steel market, understanding what transactions or impactful situations may have occurred that would shift the market.
As a customer, you can obtain a rich history of this market. We have been reporting on HRC, under the former brand American Metal Market, since 1960 with a weekly assessment. In July 2017, we moved our assessment to an index calculation based on market feedback.
Whether you produce, consume or trade HRC, you can rely on our market information to help ensure you make informed decisions for your business.
HRC, or hot-rolled coil, is the predominant finished steel form in the domestic and global steel industry and is the basis for many steel-based industrial products. Significant liquidity in the HRC market along with its importance as a raw material for manufacturers makes this a critical material with consistent volatility in its physical markets.
HRC is mostly used in industrial fabrication as well as in large end markets like automotive and construction. It also is used as a substrate in welded steel tube and pipe production and heavy industrial equipment in the agricultural industry. Participants active in the physical spot market for HRC includes steel mills, service centers, fabricators, and end users such as pipe mills or automotive companies.
Market participants use our HRC prices as escalators or de-escalators in their contracts, as benchmarks for physical and financial contracts, internal sales/purchasing performance evaluations, inventory appraisals and market trend analysis and forecasting. HRC prices also are generally used as an indicator of the health of a steel industry as it is the most commonly produced steel item, and so is often tracked by analysts and financial institutions.