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SMU Price MoMo Index Showing Pace of Decline Accelerating

Written by Brett Linton

This week the Steel Market Update Price MoMo Index for flat rolled steel in the U.S. is showing hot rolled coil price momentum continuing its downward trend for the 25th week in a row. MoMo, a trailing indicator, is measured as a percentage and shows the relation of the current hot rolled coil (HRC) price movements against the previous 12-week average spot price as recorded by Steel Market Update.

MoMo was measured at -12.38 percent this week, meaning that the current HRC price is lower than the average price over the last 12 weeks.

The change in MoMo can be a useful indicator in depicting the severity of price movements and evaluating the directional trend for flat rolled steel pricing. The week-over-week change in MoMo was -3.52 percent, following a +1.20 percent change the week before. This indicates that hot rolled prices are declining at a faster rate than they were in the previous week.

Looking at this change on a 3-week moving average, we see the trend for HRC prices is negative for the eleventh consecutive week. The 3-week average change in MoMo is -1.48 percent, following a change of -0.56 the week before.

The interactive graph below demonstrates the relationship between the SMU hot rolled coil price and the three week moving average change in MoMo. Published in our Tuesday evening issue, the SMU HRC price range for this week is $490-$530 per ton with an average price of $510, down $30 from one week ago.

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{amchart id=”138″ SMU HR Price MoMo Index and 3 Week Average Change – Prices Pricing Hot Rolled}

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