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US flat-rolled EAF's fuel new-capacity tsunami

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US steel mills are on pace to add more than 13.5 million tons of EAF flat-rolled steelmaking capacity at a cost of at least $6.3 billion...

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We have been advised that there is no guarantee of December-ship tons. We are getting to the point where import offers are becoming attractive again for spot market customers. I have seen this cycle several times before, where the steel mills run up prices as high as possible until the market crashes and orders are canceled. I don't expect anything different this time around, even with the pandemic flaring up again.

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    Steel Success Strategies is moving online in 2020, giving the steel industry a platform to meet and find common solutions in a year of crisis. 

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    Take a listen as our experts reviewed the dynamics in the US HRC market through the lens of our daily HRC benchmark.

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    This June 2020 webinar, led by our North American steel team, discussed the direction the steel and raw materials markets were headed during the summer and if better days were on the horizon. Watch the playback now.

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A number of people in the metals industry rely on our price assessments and indices to empower their business decisions everyday. We take this responsibility very seriously, and seize every opportunity to provide an explanation of how we, as a price reporting agency, provide this trustworthy data. Our methodologies are published and made accessible to ensure our price reporting process is fully transparent.

Our North American Steel Editor, Grace Asenov, walks you through how we price our US HRC Index in a quick video below. 

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Why trust our HRC Index?

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.