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Pittsburgh (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 538 pm EST/2238 GMT
ArcelorMittal intends to sell three US long carbon facilities, including ArcelorMittal LaPlace, Steelton and Vinton, the company said Friday.
London (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 845 am EST/1345 GMT
The London Metal Exchange is giving warehouse operators an opportunity to reduce their proposed rent and free-on-truck charges before the new rates take effect on April 1, the LME said Friday.
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Feature: Steel Raw Material Outlook

February 02, 2016
Iron ore blast furnace pellet premiums in the Atlantic market felt support from the continuing insistence of largest supplier Vale to carry over pricing terms from last year to new volumes.
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Tepid Turkish finished steel exports dampen scrap prices
Poor Turkish finished product sales pressured import scrap prices over the weekend, sources said Feb 1.
Australian and Canadian material hitting US coal valuations
Atlantic met coal markets Feb 1 saw US low-vol under pressure from weakening second-tier coal prices out of Australia and Canada, buoyed by lower ex-Pacific freight rates.


January 22, 2016
Here's a New Year reality check for steel markets: why are prices strengthening and, more importantly, is this upward movement sustainable?
December 22, 2015
In this final episode of 2015, Metals Meltdown's merry little elves look at how prices for finished steel and most inputs have fallen as steadily as a winter snowstorm.
December 21, 2015
Platts editors share insights on the state of Bangladesh's steel and steel raw materials sector, as well as the potential of its steel market given its economic growth prospects.
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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

February 04, 2016
The Luxembourg Government announced a series of measures on Feb. 3 that will boost asteroid mining and the visionary use of space resources.
February 05, 2016
The mood for many in China's steel industry will be sombre, judging from the recent slew of warnings several steelmakers have issued, predicting massive losses for 2015.
January 29, 2016
Metallurgical coal market traders and miners who met in Miami this week see Asia’s promise perking optimism after a run of price declines and bankruptcies.
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