Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard

I made a decision many years ago that when the domestic steel industry (multiple mills) announced price increases that I would automatically move the SMU Price Momentum Indicator to Neutral. Since we are already at Neutral it is important to understand that at this point prices could move up, down or absolutely nowhere from where they are at this moment.

There is a portion of the industry which supports higher prices 100 percent. Another portion who believes – strongly – that market fundamentals will ultimately come home to roost and it is only a matter of time before prices tank.

The next few weeks will be interesting.

Our next Steel 101: Steelmaking & Market Fundamentals workshop will be in Mobile, Alabama on February 4th and 5th, 2014. Part of the workshop will be a tour of the SSAB plate and hot rolled mini-mill (EAF) in Axis, Alabama.  We are working on finalizing details regarding hotel and other logistics as well as tweaking our program. We anticipate being able to take registrations within the next week or two.  If you have any questions please contact us at: or by phone at 800-432-3475.

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