Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard

Another hectic week in the flat rolled and plate steel markets. Buyers and sellers of steel are all waiting to see what calamity awaits when the clock ticks 12:01 AM on May 1. That is when the Section 232 country exclusions are set to expire, according to the deadline set by President Trump. What he decides to do from there is anyone’s guess. A manufacturing company provided me the quote of the day when he said, “…too many plates are spinning right now to try and peg a price direction. The wrong tweet at the wrong time could throw all your planning out the window.”

My personal opinion is President Trump is going to let some, if not all of the countries that are not involved in negotiations with the U.S., expire. That means Europe, for sure, as they have stated they will not negotiate anything until they are provided a full exclusion from the 232 tariffs. May 1 is but one week away…

A reminder that Tim Triplett and I will be attending the Metals Industry Boy Scout Dinner in Chicago on May 10.

I will be speaking at a Bank of America Merrill Lynch conference in Miami on May 16.

I will be in New York City on June 25 and 26, but I will not be attending Steel Success Strategies. On the 25th, I will be at a CRU event in the afternoon and the Bank of America Merrill Lynch dinner that evening.

I want to thank all of you who have been recommending the SMU Steel Summit Conference as THE one conference to go to if you can only go to one this year. We are going to have another great event with a packed schedule, interesting speakers and the best networking of any steel conference. On top of that, it is the best value for your money, be it the cost to attend, airfare to Atlanta, free train to the hotels and convention site and reasonable hotel rates. Come join us and about 800 of your industry friends in Atlanta on Aug. 27-29.

When it comes to education about the steel industry, THE workshop you want to attend is Steel 101: Introduction to Steel Making & Market Fundamentals. Our next Steel 101 workshop will be June 5-6 in Memphis, Tenn. This will be a special event. Excellent hotel (Westin), two mill tours (Nucor Hickman and Nucor-Yamato), excellent instructors and a great program. Go to for more details and for registration. You are also welcome to call me at 800-432-3475 and I will do my best to answer any questions you might have.

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

John Packard, Publisher

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