Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard


The first rule of business travel is don’t book the last flight of the day to your end destination – especially when you have a three hour ride to the airport and, guess what, the last 20 miles are in Chicago rush hour traffic… My thanks to Mario Briccetti (Steel 101 instructor) who imitated another famous Mario and managed to get Brett and myself to the airport with at least 3 minutes to spare… Just part of being a Steel 101 instructor off to places not normally traveled in order to get a great tour of a steel mill. In this case it was SSAB plate mill in Iowa.

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I’ve had discussions with some of you lately about where and when sheet prices might bottom. Some of you say that hot-rolled (HR) coil prices won’t fall below $800 per short ton (st). Others tell me that bigger buyers aren’t interested unless they can get something that starts with a six. Obviously a lot depends on whether we're talking 50 tons or 50,000 tons. I've even gotten some guff about how the drop in US prices is happening only because we’re talking about it happening.