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World watches as China appears to find floor of ferrochrome market

April 26, 2016 (3:28)

The significance of China's ferrochrome price is often understated in the market, yet when some of the country's stainless steelmakers rolled over purchase prices for April, the world's markets paid attention.

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Sao Paulo (Platts)--2 May 2016 417 pm EDT/2017 GMT
Brazilian steelmakers plan to increase rebar prices by up to 8% sometime between May and June, market sources said last week.
London (Platts)--29 Apr 2016 925 am EDT/1325 GMT
Precious metals were all higher Friday morning, supported by a weaker US dollar, gold touching seven-week highs of $1,280/oz, while silver continues to outperform, hitting 15-month highs close to $18/oz.
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April 22, 2016
Centered on the strength in the domestic Chinese market, steel mills are forcing up prices around the world. The Meltdown boys trying to figure out why and for how long this price rally will continue.
April 19, 2016
Following an exceptionally bearish winter, freight rates in the dry bulk Atlantic Handysize and Supramax market have seen a rebound in recent weeks, but what hurdles might still lie ahead?
March 18, 2016
With scene-setting worthy of the great Bard himself, our very own soothsayers, Peter Brennan, Sebastian Lewis and Chris Davis deliver their predictions for steel markets across the globe.
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Feature: Global Steel & Scrap Outlook

April 19, 2016
US East Coast bulk exporters raised offer prices to secure material in the week ended April 15 in the face of increased export activity.
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Spot iron ore market continues to retreat on shaky sentiment
A weaker steel market continued to weigh on spot iron ore March 14, with Platts 62% Fe IODEX assessed $1.20/dry mt lower on day at $55/dmt CFR North China.
Turkish scrap import price rises further despite quiet
Turkish imported scrap prices firmed March 14 and sentiment remained bullish, despite activity being becalmed.

Price Focus

The seaborne iron ore market ended the trading week March 18 on firmer ground, as positive steel performance provided support. Buying interest appeared to gain further traction in the spot market, as more mills reappeared with replenishing needs.

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

April 29, 2016
It's not stallions but sinter feed that has been the star turn in China -- not well-reared horses but reinforcing bar the center of attention. Ciaran Roe reveals all.
April 22, 2016
Colin Richardson on how the Turkish long steel supply chain has been reminiscent of one of the more brutal 'hors catégorie' Tour de France climbs of late.
April 19, 2016
With Chinese steel prices on a steady recovery since the Lunar New Year holidays, supply and production allocations have swung firmly towards serving the domestic market.
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Steel, Ferrous Scrap, Ferroalloys and Noble Alloys methodology

Published March 2016

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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