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HRC, Prime Scrap Price Spread Narrows Again in June

The spread between hot-rolled coil (HRC) and prime scrap prices narrowed further in June, according to Steel Market Update data.

Both the averages of SMU’s HRC and busheling scrap prices slipped this week.

Our HRC average fell $5 per net ton week-over-week to sit at $930 per ton ($46.50 per cwt) as of Tuesday, June 13. 

Meanwhile, after settling, busheling tags decreased $50 per gross ton from May to an average of $460 per gross ton for June. Figure 1 shows price histories for each product.

SMU HRCvsScrap 051223 Fig1

After converting scrap prices to dollars per net ton for an equal comparison, the differential between HRC and busheling scrap prices is $519 per net ton as of June 16, sinking $131 from $650 in May. (Figure 2). This is the second consecutive month of narrowing after having widened at the start of the year.

SMU HRCvsScrap 051223 Fig2

By the way, did you know our Interactive Pricing Tool has the capability to show steel and scrap prices in dollars per net ton, dollars per metric ton, and dollars per gross ton?

Figure 3 explores this relationship in a different way – we have graphed HRC’s premium over busheling scrap as a percentage. HRC prices now carry a 102% premium over prime scrap, down from 117% a month ago.

SMU HRCvsScrap 051223 Fig3

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By Ethan Bernard,

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