Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard

When speaking to one of my steel sources earlier today I was told, “Three months ago no one cared about the steel market. Now you have to pay attention.” They went on to reference our coverage and how others in the industry need to be reading what we are producing at Steel Market Update. Obviously, I echo those sentiments.

I was speaking to a financial analyst this afternoon and they were talking about how everyone in the industry had been negative just a few weeks ago. I reminder them that I was not. Our surveys have been clearly showing an optimistic trend and improving demand situation. I have not been pessimistic as the data we have been collecting wasn’t moving in that direction. Those of you who either participate in our surveys or are Premium level members are seeing the data. If you would like to know more about how to become a Premium level subscriber please contact us at: We will publish our next power point presentation tomorrow afternoon for our Premium members.

A number of comments have been made recently about the quality of the 2015 Steel Summit Conference and wanting more information about the 2016 version which will be our 6th Steel Summit Conference. We are putting together the strongest and most diverse program we have ever attempted. We have a few speakers returning from last year: Alan Beaulieu of the Institute for Trends Research along with Timna Tanners (Bank of America Merrill Lynch Research) and John Anton (IHS Global) who will continue their forecasting/debate about steel and commodity prices. We have two steel mills CEO’s who will be joining us for their 1st SMU conference: Mark Millett of Steel Dynamics and Roger Newport of AK Steel. Speaking of commodities, we have another well known and not afraid to say what’s on his mind CEO: Lourenco Goncalves, CEO of Cliffs Natural Resources and former CEO of Metals USA and before that California Steel. We have Chris Oakley, Vice President and Regional Executive for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Also, Lawrence Kavanagh, President, Steel Market Development Institute and Mark Bula, Chief Commercial Officer for Big River Steel. They are not alone. You can find more details (and register) on our website.

Tell your friends and save the dates: August 29-31, 2016 at the Georgia International Convention Center, Atlanta, Georgia right next to the Atlanta International Airport. Our Steel Summit Conference is Quick, Reasonable, Convenient and well attended by real steel people…

As always your business is truly appreciated by all of us here at Steel Market Update.

John Packard, Publisher

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Last week was a newsy one for the US sheet market. Nucor’s announcement that it would publish a weekly HR spot price was the talk of the town – whether that was in chatter among colleagues, at the Boy Scouts of America Metals Industry dinner, or in SMU’s latest market survey. Some think that it could Nucor's spot HR price could bring stability to notoriously volatile US sheet prices, according to SMU's latest steel market survey. Others think it’s too early to gauge its impact. And still others said they were leery of any attempt by producers to control prices.