Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard


Sources are telling SMU that the Nucor Decatur EAF’s will be offline for 10 days in early March as the mill replaces one of the furnaces. This is added on top of the idling of the Granite City (USS) and Ashland (AK Steel) hot ends plus the closure of the USS Fairfield hot end.

Note that SMU incorrectly named AISI (American Iron and Steel Institute) as the originator of the email in the article “Senate Vote to on Customs Bill Thursday,” it has been corrected to American Institute for International Steel (AIIS).

Note that our sources are telling us the hot rolled antidumping preliminary duty announcement has been moved out a week. The AD announcement should be out around the 15th of March.

Our sources are telling us CSN (Brazil) is sold out for production/shipment for export to the U.S. through June. They are pulling back on taking new orders waiting to see what happens next with both trade cases and domestic prices.

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What's the tea in the steel industry this week? Here's the latest SMU gossip column! Just kidding... kind of. Yes, some of the comments we receive in our weekly flat-rolled market steel buyers' survey are honestly too much to put into print. Some make us laugh. Some make us cringe. Some are cryptic. Most are serious. We appreciate them all. Below are some highlights from our survey results this week. Some of the comments that we can share with you are also included, in italics, in the buyers' own words, with minimal editing on our part.