Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard


Steel buyers need to be aware that there has been a jump in iron ore spot pricing in China over the past 48 hours. The Steel Index (TSI) reported 62% Fe fines into the port of Tianjin, China at $64.3/dmt (dry metric ton) up 4 percent from the previous day. This same item is up just over 10 percent over the past week.

Coming up soon is scrap and we see scrap prices at worst going sideways and more likely prices will rise by $10-$30 per gross ton depending on the item and region.

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Registrations for our Steel Summit Conference are starting to pick out. One thing I’ve noticed is how many companies are bringing multiple people this year – executives, sales, purchasing, CFO they all seem to be coming – maybe you should too? Registration is open. See you in Atlanta.

Steel 101 workshop in Ohio next month is sold out – thank you and we look forward to our next one which will be in early November in Memphis with a tour of Big River Steel…

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John Packard, Publisher

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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.