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The bittersweet 2016: What to expect in the dry bulk Supramax market?

February 12, 2016 (16:53)

The Atlantic dry bulk Supramax market is in big trouble. The freight rates are bottoming, demand on conventional trade routes is failing and the oversupply of tonnage remains a challenge. What is the outlook for the market in 2016?

News Headlines

Pittsburgh (Platts)--12 Feb 2016 500 pm EST/2200 GMT
US mills petitioned the government to impose antidumping and countervailing duties on Chinese stainless steel sheet and strip, according to documents filed Friday.
Sao Paulo (Platts)--12 Feb 2016 947 am EST/1447 GMT
Brazil's ferrous scrap exports totaled 43,083 mt in January, down 29.2% from 60,901 mt in the year-ago month and down 11.7% from 48,820 mt in December, the Ministry of Development and Foreign Trade said Friday.
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Feature: Steel Raw Material Outlook

February 09, 2016
Iran will add 2.5 mil mt/year of new iron ore pelletizing capacity by the end of the current Iranian year (Mar 2016) and another 15.6 mil mt/year in the next Iranian year (to Mar 2017).
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German scrappers speak out as new law to head to parliament
A proposed communal waste law that would nationalize Germany's recycling system has passed the Federal Council and is now subject to discussion and final approval.
Demand seen for premium met coals out of US Gulf: market
Atlantic met coal markets Feb 8 saw evidence of consistent interest to load vessels out of Mobile, Alabama, with premium US coking coals, as low freight rates aid US Gulf business.


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 09, 2016
An annual steel scrap industry event in St. Louis is happening this week, and brings back memories of last year, when the market was still reeling from a February price crash.
February 08, 2016
What may be great news about winter for wide swaths of America is likely bad news for the price of ferrous scrap.
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.
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