Construction MMI: Construction spending rises as billings remain down

The Construction Monthly Metals Index (MMI) rose by 3.2% this month, as January 2021 construction spending picked up. Cut-to-length adders. Width and gauge adders. Coatings. Feel confident in knowing what you should be paying for metal with MetalMiner …

The Construction Monthly Metals Index (MMI) rose by 3.2% this month, as January 2021 construction spending picked up. Cut-to-length adders. Width and gauge adders. Coatings. Feel confident in knowing what you should be paying for metal with MetalMiner should-cost models. Construction spending US construction spending in January reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,521.5...

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US steel capacity utilization ticks up to 77.2%

US steel mills churned out metal at a steel capacity utilization rate of 77.2% for the week ending Feb. 27, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported. See why technical analysis is a superior forecasting methodology over fundamental analysis and why it matters for your steel buy. Steel capacity utilization gains Last week’s rate…

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US steel mills churned out metal at a steel capacity utilization rate of 77.2% for the week ending Feb. 27, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported. See why technical analysis is a superior forecasting methodology over fundamental analysis and why it matters for your steel buy. Steel capacity utilization gains Last week’s rate...

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This Morning in Metals: Arconic reports 14% revenue decline, led by aerospace weakness

This morning in metals news: Arconic reported its fourth quarter and full-year 2020 financial results; meanwhile, the Census Bureau reported steel import totals; and, finally, hot rolled coil steel prices continue to rise. Arconic reports Q4, 2020 fina…

This morning in metals news: Arconic reported its fourth quarter and full-year 2020 financial results; meanwhile, the Census Bureau reported steel import totals; and, finally, hot rolled coil steel prices continue to rise. Arconic reports Q4, 2020 financial results Pittsburgh-based Arconic reported Q4 2020 revenues of $1.5 billion, up 3% from the previous quarter. However,...

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US steel capacity utilization rises to 77.0%, steel prices continue to rise

The US steel sector capacity utilization rate ticked up to 77.0% for the week ending Feb. 20, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported. Steel capacity utilization gains US steel production during the week ending Feb. 20 totaled 1.75 millio…

The US steel sector capacity utilization rate ticked up to 77.0% for the week ending Feb. 20, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported. Steel capacity utilization gains US steel production during the week ending Feb. 20 totaled 1.75 million net tons, AISI reported. The total marked a 7.2% year-over-year decline. Furthermore, the weekly...

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Investment banks signal possible start of a commodities super cycle

Investment banks love a super cycle. It spurs irrational investment and sucks in unwary investors. Furthermore, it encourages passive funds to up their allocation, even if only by fractions of a percent. But with some $14 trillion invested in US equiti…

Investment banks love a super cycle. It spurs irrational investment and sucks in unwary investors. Furthermore, it encourages passive funds to up their allocation, even if only by fractions of a percent. But with some $14 trillion invested in US equities alone, even a modest increase in passive investments into ETFs would reap significant rewards...

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Nucor forecasts Q1 2021 net earnings to best 2008 record

While the first half of 2020 posed significant challenges for metals manufacturers and end users alike, some firms have showed signs of recovery in the ensuing months and into 2021. In the second quarter, steel demand suffered. Automotive manufacturers…

While the first half of 2020 posed significant challenges for metals manufacturers and end users alike, some firms have showed signs of recovery in the ensuing months and into 2021. In the second quarter, steel demand suffered. Automotive manufacturers idled production in North America for a period of about two months last year, beginning in...

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Raw Steels MMI: Section 232 steel tariff upheld after challenge from steel importers

The Raw Steels Monthly Metals Index (MMI) increased for the ninth consecutive month, rising by 0.5% as US steel prices continued to rise. Buying organizations should continue to buy as needed, as prices remain at all-time highs. Cut-to-length adders. W…

The Raw Steels Monthly Metals Index (MMI) increased for the ninth consecutive month, rising by 0.5% as US steel prices continued to rise. Buying organizations should continue to buy as needed, as prices remain at all-time highs. Cut-to-length adders. Width and gauge adders. Coatings. Feel confident in knowing what you should be paying for metal...

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This Morning in Metals: Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users calls for end to Section 232 tariffs

This morning in metals news: the Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users called on the Biden administration to rescind the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs; meanwhile, the Energy Information Administration forecasts US energy-related …

This morning in metals news: the Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users called on the Biden administration to rescind the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs; meanwhile, the Energy Information Administration forecasts US energy-related CO2 emissions to rise after the mid-2030s; and, lastly, US President Joe Biden spoke this week with Chinese President Xi...

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Evraz: COVID behind lower operational results at North American assets

Crude steel production at Evraz’s North American assets dropped 15.1% year over year in 2020. The drop was due mainly to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the global economy, the Russian group noted. Evraz output in North America drops Production for the 12 months totaled 1.58 million metric tons from slightly over 1.86 million tons…

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Crude steel production at Evraz’s North American assets dropped 15.1% year over year in 2020. The drop was due mainly to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the global economy, the Russian group noted. Evraz output in North America drops Production for the 12 months totaled 1.58 million metric tons from slightly over 1.86 million tons...

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West Europe HRC under pressure on higher availability, Lunar New Year

Prices for hot rolled coil in Western Europe appear to be moving away from increases seen in late 2020, as steelmakers there and in Central Europe restart their own crude production and the Lunar New Year in China approaches, market sources told MetalMiner. “It looks they are more decreasing, rather than rising,” one trader said….

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Prices for hot rolled coil in Western Europe appear to be moving away from increases seen in late 2020, as steelmakers there and in Central Europe restart their own crude production and the Lunar New Year in China approaches, market sources told MetalMiner. “It looks they are more decreasing, rather than rising,” one trader said....

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