Steel Products

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard

I was watching the daily results from our SMU steel survey which began on Monday of this week. I found it curious those working on Monday (a holiday to some, but not all in the U.S.) were much more negative than those who responded to our survey as the week progressed. Our SMU Steel Buyers Sentiment Index was at +11 on Monday but by the close of the survey on Thursday had improved to +22…

We have discontinued reporting SMU Future Steel Buyers Sentiment Index numbers – however, the data is still being collected and reported on our website. You can access the data in the Research section of our website:

The final tally of opinions as to which company or joint venture group would be the best fit to operate the ThyssenKrupp Calvert, Alabama facility – USS/JFE = 37%, Nucor = 22%, CSN and ArcelorMittal/Nippon tied with 17.5% each and bringing up the rear was Posco with 6%. The biggest reason given for USS/JFE was their excess slab supply out of their Alabama facility located in Birmingham. Nucor was mentioned as the #2 option with their new DRI facility in Louisiana (which has the permits to eventually put in a blast furnace/BOF and make slabs).

In Sunday night’s edition of SMU we will discuss more issues which were covered in this week’s survey. Our next survey will begin on Monday, March 4th.

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