Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard

Multiple sources are advising SMU that California Steel (CSI) has announced a $30 per ton ($1.50/cwt) increase for production orders during the first two weeks of July. After that they will evaluate pricing and make a further announcement. We will investigate this further over the next couple of days and advise our readers what this means.

According to SMU scrap sources, on Friday of last week Nucor and Steel Dynamics (SDI) cancelled the remaining open ferrous scrap orders they had with dealers for delivery during the month of May. Other mills only cancelled shredded scrap orders. The bottom line being the domestic steel mills are expecting ferrous scrap pricing to drift lower as negotiations get going in earnest for the month of June delivery.

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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.