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US scrap prices to reflect little change in September
The US domestic scrap market has been extremely quiet ahead of the Labor Day holiday, but deals made early are pointing to a soft sideways trend.
Since the fourth quarter of last year, the Chinese steel market has remained sluggish due to weak global and domestic demand. In this context, China’s total crude steel output is expected to decline to 678.68 million mt in 2012, down 0.7 percent compared to 2011, indicating the first year-on-year decline in 31 years, according to the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA).
In 2011, China produced 695.5 million mt of crude steel, up 8.9 on year-on-year basis.
A number of Chinese steel producers have implemented cuts in their production. Meanwhile, some Chinese steel giants, such as Shanghai-based Baosteel and Hubei-based Wuhai Iron and Steel Co.(WISCO) have also suspended development projects amid poor steel market conditions.
US domestic scrap prices take another dive in July
US scrap trend for this month is reflecting a substantial decline from early June.
On Monday, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported that US raw steel production fell 0.6 percent last week (ended July 7), following a 1.5 percent increase the previous week.
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Sideways US scrap pricing anticipated for March
After volatile price swings over the last four months, some US scrap buyers and sellers are anticipating sideways pricing in March.
With steady mill demand for scrap from February to March expected and without threat of weather disrupting scrap flows, market participants tell Steel Business Briefing scrap pricing is likely to remain flat in March compared to February.
US scrap lobby expresses concern over Russian restrictions
The American Scrap Coalition sent a letter to US Trade Representative Ron Kirk to bring attention to recently announced actions by the Russian government that will continue to inhibit the flow of steel scrap from the country.
“The purpose of this letter is to bring to your attention recent administrative measures by the Russian Federation that would restrict international trade in steel scrap,” the coalition wrote in a note reviewed by Steel Business Briefing. “These measures could deny the United States the benefits of commitments Russia has made in connection with its accession to the WTO.”
US scrap market could be up $20/long ton in December
Sources in the US scrap market tell Steel Business Briefing to expect shredded scrap prices in December to be up at least $20/long ton, reversing a recent downward trend.
“It looks as if December will be up $20-30/l.t for all grades,” said one Mid-Atlantic region scrap dealer. “I don’t know why.”
S-based iron ore miner Cliffs Natural Resources announced Monday that it is cutting production at one of its five iron ore mines by nearly 50 percent, due to a major steelmaking customer shutting off a blast furnace for planned maintenance.
Scrap drop may not affect already lowered US plate pricing
The falling price of scrap may not lead to a further drop in the US price of plate, as the product has already steadily declined in price over the last six months.
The scrap benchmark price Nucor uses to set its raw material surcharge for longs and plate products dropped $30/long ton earlier this month. Nucor could raise its base price $30/short ton to offset the drop in the surcharge and keep prices flat.
Source: Steel Business Briefing
US scrap export prices to Turkey fall, but rise to the Far East
Turkish mills continue to pressure ex-US scrap prices lower, while scrap export prices from the US to the Far East are beginning to recover.
Schnitzer: Scrap markets still active despite price decline
While ferrous scrap markets have become “cautious” in recent weeks with prices falling, prices are still strong overall, believes Tamara Lundgren, ceo of US-based Schnitzer Steel Industries. She was speaking on a conference call yesterday to discuss the company’s quarterly results; the call was monitored by Steel Business Briefing.
“Our customers have a need for scrap but they are watching world events and keeping inventories low,” she said.
SDI execs see stable scrap market
Executives at minimill steelmaker Steel Dynamics Inc and scrap unit OmniSource say ferrous scrap will likely remain fairly stable this year, though they cautioned the scrap environment is still volatile and their outlook uncertain.
Speaking yesterday on a conference call to discuss third quarter results, Mark Millett, SDI president and coo, said he doesn’t anticipate any dramatic moves in scrap pricing unless there is an appreciable change in domestic steel mill utilization. The call was monitored by Steel Business Briefing.