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June US ferrous scrap pricing opinion turns bullish
London (Platts)--22 May 2015 1257 pm EDT/1657 GMT
June US ferrous scrap pricing expectations strengthened this week, as dealers continued to report limited availability and mill demand inched up, market sources said Friday.
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Feature: Ukraine's steel industry

May 19, 2015
Last year threw the country back to the mid-1990s, when Ukraine's crude steel production plummeted from more than 40 million metric tons/year to the 24.4 million mt/year average during 1994-1999 -- due to the vanished USSR market that Ukraine was a big supplier to, and the fact newly born states (former soviet republics) had yet to export.
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Ukraine's region-based steelworks bearing the brunt of hardship
Three Donetsk region-based steelworks cut 2014 production, according to Kyiv-based industry analysts UkrPromZovnishEkspertiza.
Six Ukranian steel majors at distant reach of the battle
Almost all of them, apart from DMKD and Interpipe, managed to either sustain production or minimize any fallout.
Prospects of Ukraine's steel recovery
Ukraine's steel demand and production forecasts for 2015 remain dim, however, and a slow recovery in terms of tonnage is not expected before 2016.

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China's slowing economy 'zombifies' its steel industry, as optimism creeps into US scrap
May 21, 2015
Platts steel editors look at the economically challenging global landscape for metals, and explain how raw materials are impacting pricing and the outlook for finished steel goods.
Lackluster Turkish demand for petcoke, scrap maintains soft Supramax freight rates
May 06, 2015
Examining the impact low Turkish demand for petcoke and scrap metal has had on the freight cost of shipping both commodities to Turkey during 2015.
Demand patterns shift amid bleak outlook for iron ore prices
April 24, 2015
Platts steel editors look at the demand and supply factors dragging down iron ore prices in Asia as well as the impact of stricter environmental regulations in China.
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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

May 21, 2015
The next 'leap second' event will occur on June 30, 2015. Will the world as we know it change in the blink of an eye?
May 20, 2015
The failure of the nickel market to enter a global deficit is highlighted by the large buildup of inventory in London Metal Exchange warehouses, says Greg Smart.
May 12, 2015
The 'all-in' price has fallen on the back of lower global premia, while the LME aluminum cash price has largely remained unchanged.
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