Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard

We will begin a new analysis of the flat rolled steel market on Monday with our invitations set to go out at 8 AM on Monday morning. If you receive an invitation please take a moment to click on the link/button contained in the message which will take you to which hosts our questionnaire. If you would like to be added to our invitee list please send me your name, email address, position and phone number. Please send it to:

Registration is open for our next Steel 101: introduction to Steel Making & Market Fundamentals workshop which will be held in Ontario, California and will include a tour of the California Steel Industries steel mill. More details can be found online and we will have hotel information posted on the site by the middle of this week. The April 11-12th workshop in Toledo, Ohio has been sold out for almost a month and we thank those who have registered for that workshop. We also thank North Star BlueScope for their support by allowing our group to tour their mill as part of our workshop.

I will be in the office all week this week. Next week I will be traveling to Las Vegas to speak to the Steel Framing Industry Association (SFIA). I am looking forward to getting out west and speaking to the SFIA members.

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.