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US steel scrap prices are experiencing historic highs — but as the market stabilizes, will the spread between busheling over shredded continue to widen beyond historical averages in 2023?
Steel prices in the United States are unlikely to return to last year’s highs over the next year due to incoming steel capacity and falling raw materials prices, which could affect steel mills’ profitability, analysts told Fastmarkets
The European charge and high-carbon ferro-chrome benchmark for the third quarter of 2022 has slumped by 16.7% from the previous quarter’s settlement to $1.80 per lb
The aluminium packaging sector has continued to report robust demand and financial results despite the weaker market conditions that have hobbled some other aluminium end-users
A common theme emerged in July during the second-quarter earnings calls of major steel producers — many are highlighting their hedging strategies against deteriorating spot prices for hot-rolled coil
At this year’s Steel Success Strategies conference in Miami, the expert steel automotive panel delved into the risks and opportunities facing steel in automotive production
US domestic obsolete scrap prices have continued to be firm on a historical basis but fell below our expectations this month. And the differential between shredded and HMS scrap remains at its widest on record
Is inflation here to stay? High energy costs, supply chain disruptions, record-low unemployment and the effect of fiscal policies make for a sticky situation
European inflation outlook: High energy costs, supply chain disruptions, record-low unemployment and the effect of fiscal policies make for a sticky situation
With Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act finally passed, what lies ahead for the steel markets and supply chains?
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