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Home Prices Continue Upward Trend

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 4:15 PM Written by
Published in Housing

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index gained 5.9 percent in July following a 5.8 percent gain in June. The 20-City Composite posted a 5.8 percent year-over-year gain in the latest report, up from 5.6 percent the previous month.

A modest inventory is allowing sellers to boost prices as competition for available homes intensifies. Prices accelerated the most in Seattle, Portland and Las Vegas, with year-over-year gains of 13.5 percent, 7.6 percent and 7.4 percent, respectively.

Fatality at Nucor Decatur

Monday, September 25, 2017 6:28 PM Written by
Published in Nucor

A contractor at Nucor Steel in Decatur, Ala., died at the mill on Saturday afternoon after falling into a vat containing waste product from finished rolled steel.

Gerdau Ameristeel Explosion Injures Four

Friday, September 22, 2017 3:25 PM Written by
Published in Gerdau

An explosion at the Gerdau long products steel mill in Wilton, Iowa, injured three employees and a contractor on Wednesday night. The incident occurred in the facility's melt shop and resulted in temporary suspension of operations.

USW Proposes Changes to NAFTA

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:12 PM Written by
Published in Trade Cases

The United Steelworkers union is calling for the United States to negotiate stronger NAFTA rules of origin. The union charges that the rules negotiated more than 25 years ago do not reflect current economic reality and sourcing patterns.

Increased imported content from China and other nations has been detrimental to U.S. production in North America, claims the union.

Steel Market Update is working on a new index to measure flat rolled steel inventories in service center warehouses at the end of each month. Our goal is to assist the flat rolled steel industry to better understand inventories and their potential impact on steel mill order books and lead times. SMU will also analyze data provided from distributors to track steel inventory trends.

We are working to accomplish this in a variety of ways:

No Windfall from Storm, Says Steelmaker

Saturday, September 16, 2017 9:22 PM Written by
Published in Other Steel News

ArcelorMittal is not expecting a big bump in business anytime soon due to the hurricane damage in Texas and the Southeast. “That will take a while to pass through,” said Wendell Carter, vice president and general manager of the steelmaker’s Indiana Harbor mill. Carter responded to questions during a media tour of the East Chicago, Ind., mill on Wednesday.

Nucor Plans Steel Bar Micro Mill, Merchant Bar Expansion

Saturday, September 16, 2017 1:35 AM Written by
Published in Nucor

Nucor is checking out five states in the Midwest and Southeast as potential sites for a new steel bar micro mill project. Locations in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, South Carolina and Florida are under consideration. The board of directors also approved an expansion of Nucor's existing merchant bar operations in either Illinois or Ohio.

Section 232 On Hold Until Tax Bill Complete

Thursday, September 14, 2017 7:32 PM Written by
Published in Trade Cases

World Trade Online reported this morning that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told a U.S. Senator the Section 232 review on steel will not be ready until after tax reform legislation has been completed. This is in line with what President Trump said in July when he told The Wall Street Journal, “We’re waiting till we get everything finished up between health care and taxes and maybe even infrastructure.”

Nucor Adds Distinguished Army General to Board

Thursday, September 14, 2017 6:51 PM Written by
Published in Nucor

U.S. Army General Lloyd J. Austin III has been elected to the Nucor board of directors, effective Sept. 18.

General Austin, 64, retired as a four-star general in 2016 after nearly 41 years with the U.S. Army. From March 2013 through March 2016, he served as the commander of U.S. Central Command responsible for military strategy and joint operations throughout the 20-country Central Region that includes Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Prior to that he served as the 33rd Vice Chief of Staff of the Army from January 2012 to March 2013 and as the Combined Forces Commander in Iraq from September 2010 through the completion of Operation New Dawn in December 2011.

Preliminary CVD Duties on Chinese Tool Chests

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 6:31 PM Written by
Published in Trade Cases

The U.S. Commerce Department today announced an affirmative preliminary determination in the countervailing duty investigation on exports of metal tool chests and cabinets from China. Commerce calculated preliminary subsidy rates ranging from 17.32 percent to 32.07 percent.