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Steel Mill Negotiations: Price Talks Mixed

Written by Tim Triplett


Steel mills appear slightly more willing to negotiate spot prices on cold rolled and less open to price discussions on hot rolled, galvanized and Galvalume products, according to respondents to last week’s Steel Market Update market trends questionnaire. Every two weeks, in a proprietary poll, SMU tracks how buyers and sellers of flat rolled steel represent the mill negotiation position.

By market segment, 18 percent of hot rolled buyers said they have found mills willing to negotiate, up from 14 percent one month ago. Most, 82 percent, said the hot rolled mills are still standing firm.

In the cold rolled segment, 52 percent said they have found some mills willing to talk price, up from 33 percent in early June. Forty-eight percent of respondents reported mill prices on cold rolled as non-negotiable.

Prices on coated products appear to have firmed up. In the galvanized sector, 39 percent said the mills were open to price discussions, down from 50 percent in mid-June. About 33 percent of Galvalume buyers said mills are now willing to talk price, down from 57 percent two weeks ago.

Note: SMU surveys active steel buyers twice each month to gauge the willingness of their steel suppliers to negotiate pricing. The results reflect current steel demand and changing spot pricing trends. SMU provides our members with a number of ways to interact with current and historical data. To see an interactive history of our Steel Mill Negotiations data, visit our website here.

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