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Spot US scrap surcharges to fall $25 per short ton

Scrap surcharges used by Nucor and other American steelmakers to determine monthly steel transaction prices are heading down.

Due to a $25 per long ton decline in a benchmark shredded scrap price (from $260 to $235), surcharges on rebar, merchant bar, wide flange beams, light structural’s and plate will likely decline by $25 a short ton for December deliveries.

US demand too weak to prop up steel prices against falling scrap

With US shredded scrap prices dropping by up to  $30/long ton this month, there is a very good chance that US rebar prices will fall right along with them.
Given the ongoing weak demand in the US rebar market, it is quite likely that this time, domestic mills may opt to  lower rebar prices in step with the decreases in scrap.
eanwhile, Turkish mills are still pretty hungry for business and they are seeing falling scrap costs as well. However, if US prices do come down another notch as expected, Mexican rebar imports, along with imports from other sources, will most likely come down by at least as much in order to stay competitive with US material. Source: SteelOrbis  – - For the latest in steel news & trends subscribe to SteelOrbis News at http://www.steelorbis.com

Key US Steel Producer Nucor Reports Record Results

Entering the fourth quarter, the global economy has been negatively impacted by the crisis in the financial markets. What started out as a seasonal slowdown  (due to temporary global market disruptions such as the six-month China Olympics effect and the Middle Eastern religious holidays)

has now been overwhelmed by a worldwide financial crisis that is unique in both size and scope in our lifetime. The business environment has obviously become significantly more challenging for everyone including Nucor. There is little forward visibility on either the economy or our industry, even for the fourth quarter. These conditions are such that financial projections are not practical. Therefore, we will not be providing numerical or qualitative guidance at this time. We will give an update of our business at the normal time midway between our quarterly earnings releases.

What we can say is that 2008 will be another record year for Nucor and today our competitive position is stronger than ever, both here and globally. If recent initiatives by the world’s governments to stabilize financial markets are successful, then businesses should see significantly improved access to credit and resulting improved business conditions beginning early in 2009. We are still strong believers in the long-term strength of the global infrastructure build and the associated bull market for steel. It is this global growth in steel demand that will help drive Nucor’s growth and profitability.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Nucor makes more steel in America than any other company. Nucor and affiliates are manufacturers of steel products, with operating facilities primarily in the U.S. and Canada. Products produced include: carbon and alloy steel — in bars, beams, sheet and plate; steel joists and joist girders; steel deck; fabricated concrete reinforcing steel; cold finished steel; steel fasteners; metal building systems; light gauge steel framing; steel grating and expanded metal; and wire and wire mesh. Nucor also brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron and HBI/DRI; supplies ferro-alloys; and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap. Nucor is North America’s largest recycler.

Certain statements contained in this news release are “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties. Factors that might cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the sensitivity of the results of our operations to prevailing steel prices and the changes in the supply and cost of raw materials, including scrap steel; (2) market demand for steel products; (3) energy costs and availability; (4) competitive pressure on sales and pricing, including pressure from imports and substitute materials; and (5) capital investments and their impact on our performance. These and other factors are outlined in Nucor’s regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those in Nucor’s December 31, 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release speak only as of this date, and Nucor does not assume any obligation to update them.

SOURCE Nucor Corporation – excerpt courtesy of Google Financial

Related links:  http://www.nucor.com

Speculators Driving Commodity Prices? Think Again

Everyone wants to blame “speculators” on the rising price of oil, steel, iron ore and various other commodities.  It is an easy way to explain soaring commodity prices. However, the credit crisis may well be the culprit and the problems may continue to exist to years to come.

The way to get prices down for steel and other commodities is to increase supply relative to demand.  Unfortunately, as many large companies already know credit agencies and banks are not willing to take the risks necessary to fund large venture steel and mining projects (thus increasing supply).

Mr. Dan DiMicco,president and CEO of Nucor, brought it home when he told the audience in New York last week, “…the credit agencies have tightened up their sphincters so much that they’re not even willing to talk to the highest-rated investment grade mining and metals company in the world and keep their rating if we borrow $3.  So, we are paying the penalties of the bankers on Wall Street and the other banks around the country and rating organizations that were broke and hopefully will be fixed.”  Nucor recently had to do a secondary stock offer to raise $2 billion dollars.

If you read my articles last week about the growth of the demand for steel in the world at between 3%-6% meaning as much as 90 million tons of new capacity will be needed each year, then you are aware the need for iron ore, metallurgical coal, coke and other steel making inputs will be necessary.  What hasn’t been explained to the steel using community is the devastating affects the credit crunch is having on large companies such as Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and even more damaging to smaller mining concerns.  According to Jeff Christian, managing director of CPM, a New York based commodity advisory firm – “The financing on those mining projects has slowed to a trickle.”  He believes at least two years of development work and perhaps as much as five will be lost before the credit crunch is over.

This will keep commodity prices high for years to come.

That will keep steel prices much higher than we can now imagine – for years to come.

Don’t be tricked into believing the current weakness in U.S. prices (mostly related to galvanized) is going to be a long term trend. (Resource: TheStreet.com)

Steel Mill Upcomming Steel Price Release Dates

Steel Prices – SDI (June), USS (July), Nucor (July), ArcelorMittal (July), Severstal – especially Sparrows Point (July) and the conversion mills – The Techs, Sharon Coatings, CSN and Wheeling Nisshin should all be coming out with prices either yet this week or, by early next week.

Source: www.steelmarketupdate.com