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Feature: Steel Raw Material Outlook

March 16, 2015
Read highlights of the latest Platts steel raw materials news and pricing analysis, focusing on the global iron ore, coking coal, scrap and ferroalloys markets.
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US scrap-to-iron ore ratio remains problematic
March 16, 2015 -- US scrap market experts have been explaining the trouble with pinpointing an acceptable scrap-to-iron ore ratio.
Spot ferrochrome prices lose direction on uncertain outlook
March 17, 2015 -- Spot high-carbon ferrochrome prices have lost direction clouded by uncertainties over supply and demand, according to Asian market sources.

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US sheet steel buyers look ahead to price turnaround
Pittsburgh (Platts)--27 Mar 2015 514 pm EDT/2114 GMT
As US flat-rolled steel prices neared what is seen as the bottom of the current trough Friday, sources sought to predict what the rebound will look like.
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Iron ore hits all-time low as steel markets fail to firm following Lunar new year

March 26, 2015 (5:15)

Iron ore dropped below $60/mt amid oversupply concerns. US and Asian flats and longs prices continued to fall February, into March, while European coil and rebar prices were broadly stable.


US steel scrap dealers see largest single-month price drop since 2008
February 20, 2015
The February ferrous scrap buy week in the US had an unexpectedly large price drop, and 2014 was the lowest level of US scrap exports since 2006.
Atlantic steel raw materials markets update
February 19, 2015
Platts Hector Forster provides an update on Atlantic metallurgical coal and iron ore pricing and procurement trends, along with current ferrous scrap pricing.
What's happening in China's domestic iron ore market?
February 12, 2015
Platts editors analyze the domestic iron ore market in China, and the impact of falling iron ore prices on small and medium mining operations there.
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Price Focus

Buying appetite in the Asia Pacific metallurgical coal market was lackluster on Nov 24 despite China's central bank cutting interest rates in a bid to boost the country's sluggish economy. Sentiment was weak, with many buyers cautious about their short-term procurement requirements. Most participants indicated they were not keen on taking December-loading cargoes as inventories were still high, though interest for January cargoes appeared better.

Steel Infographic

Platts steel team tasked our design and production department to take a wealth of steel raw materials data and transform those freshly mined (sic) numbers into something visually engaging. In this post we present you with the very interesting results. Derived from a variety of company sources and our own Steel Markets Daily and Steel Raw Materials Monthly publications, we’d like to hear your thoughts on the significance of the numbers for the global steel industry.

The Barrel Blog

March 17, 2015
Besides the star-power of these two commodities, why are they worth highlighting differently than the rest? Jodie Gunzberg explains the ratio of gold prices to oil prices and what lessons can be gleaned from it regarding the oil price collapse.
March 13, 2015
Nickel was something of a disappointment in 2014 with prices spiking in the first half of the year, only to fall back in the second half, failing to meet many analysts’ expectations.
March 12, 2015
Steel is one of the least consolidated major global industries and despite the massive rise in Chinese steel production, not much has changed in 10 years.
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Steel, Ferrous Scrap, Ferroalloys and Noble Alloys methodologyPublished December 2014

The Steel, Ferrous Scrap, Ferroalloys and Noble Alloys guide contains the primary specifications and methodologies for Platts Steel and Ferrous Scrap global catalogue of price assessments.

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