Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard


This week’s newsletters may seem a little “muted” compared to the past, this is due to my right hand man – Brett Linton – being on vacation. Brett is the one responsible for keeping track of all of the data points and graphics in both the newsletter and website. He is also responsible for crunching many of the data points we collect out of our surveys and other proprietary products we have. Brett will be back next weekend so please bear with us as we push on without his talents adding the explanation points to our articles.

There will be a larger than normal Premium supplemental issue of our newsletter first thing tomorrow morning. The issue will include extra analysis of the service center inventories and shipment data including our Apparent Excess forecast.

We will begin our next flat rolled steel survey first thing in the morning as well. If you receive an invitation to participate please take a few moments to click on the button to go to our questionnaire.

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

John Packard, Publisher

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Final thoughts

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.

Final thoughts

Unless you've been under a rock, you know by know that Nucor's published HR price for this week is $760 per short ton, down $65/st from the company’s $825/st a week ago. I could use more colorful words. But I think it’s safe to say that most of the market was not expecting this. For starters, US sheet mills never announce price decreases. (OK, not never. It has come to my attention that Severstal North America rescinded a price increase back on Feb. 14, 2012. And it caused quite the ruckus.)