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Oversupply and outages keep market under pressure

By Staff - September 18, 2019

The North American ferrous scrap market is set to continue facing heavy downside pressure in October in the wake of maintenance outages and a lingering supply glut.

Market equilibrium set to keep scrap prices flat in Sept

By Sean Barry - August 26, 2019

North American ferrous scrap prices are poised for a strong sideways move in September amid balanced market conditions, while consumers appear hesitant to build large forward positions due to uncertainty caused by mixed end-markets and trade disputes, according to the latest Scrap Trends Outlook.

A tough July settlement indicates a bottom finally reached for ferrous scrap mart

By Bill Beck - July 18, 2019

After one of the more contentious settlements in recent years in July, the North American ferrous scrap community is licking its wounds in anticipation of a turnaround in August. Many in the business are pretty much convinced that the market is on the bottom. But how much the market moves upward in August and September is still in dispute.

Steel has stellar year in 2018

By Bill Beck - February 19, 2019

It turned out it was a very good year for steel. Steelmakers booked record profits, thanks to a growing American economy and the implementation of President Donald Trump’s Section 232 tariffs. The trade measure, ranging from 10% to 25% on foreign steel and aluminum, gave a huge jump start to an industry that had been struggling in the latter years of the Obama presidency. The steel utilization rate climbed steadily upward during the past year, topping out at just over 80 percent at the end of the year.
Steel shipments for 2018 totaled 95.28 million tons, up nearly 5% from the 90.80 million tons shipped in 2017.

Solid year for ferrous scrap will be tough act to follow in 2019

By Sean Barry - December 17, 2018

After enjoying a bumper 2018, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the North American ferrous scrap industry heading into the New Year as market players question whether prices in 2019 will manage to outgun the pace of growth experienced over the past year on robust domestic demand. 

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