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Nucor Aims to Increase Sheet Prices by $50 per Ton

Written by Michael Cowden

Nucor plans to increase base prices for all new orders of steel sheet by $50 per ton ($2.50 per cwt).

The price hike is effective immediately, the Charlotte, N.C.-based steelmaker said in a letter to customers on Monday, Jan. 9.

arrow up“We reserve the right to review and re-quote any offers that are not confirmed with either a Nucor sales acknowledgement or written acceptance by both parties,” the company said in the letter.

Nucor’s move comes after Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. announced a price hike of the same amount in mid-December.

NLMK USA and ArcelorMittal followed that increase. Other major steelmakers, notably Nucor and US Steel, did not. (Note: Steel Dynamics Inc. does not typically announce price increases.)

But some market participants had expected another round of mill price-increase announcements linked to higher January scrap costs.

SMU’s hot-rolled coil price currently stands at $695 per ton ($34.75 per cwt), up 13% ($80 per ton) from a 2022 low $615 per ton recorded before Thanksgiving.

Mills began announcing sheet price increases the following week, and prices have been on an upswing since then.

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