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July 08, 2014 (5:26)
Mark Wiggett discusses the continuing fall in iron ore prices which began in mid-April; unusually steady scrap prices in Turkey; and what's been happening to flat steel prices across the globe.
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Gerdau's second-quarter iron ore shipments jump 94% year on year
Sao Paulo (Platts)--30 Jul 2014 330 pm EDT/1930 GMT
The mining unit of Brazil's Gerdau shipped 1.7 million mt of iron ore in the second quarter, 94% above the year-ago quarter, but down 13% from the 2 million mt shipped in Q1, the company said Wednesday.
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America should heal itself (and use lots of steel in the process)
US president Barack Obama is spending much of this week pushing his multi-year plan to spend $300 billion on infrastructure and to keep current funding from expiring next month -- issues dear to the hearts of the nation's steel executives.
Major US trade decision in the pipeline for OCTG producers
On Friday, the US Department of Commerce is due to make its final determination in the antidumping and countervailing investigations of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) imports.
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Platts: Podcasts
Asian coking coal, iron ore market update
June 09, 2014 - Implications for Asian steelmakers' procurement behavior of low steel raw materials spot prices; overview of recent market conditions.
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Interview: European macroeconomic outlook and the impact on the domestic steel industry
May 15, 2014 - Eurofer on the state of the European economy, the impact on the largest steel consuming sectors and issues including overcapacity, supply/demand.
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News Features

Global Iron Ore: Index-Linked Pricing
April 30, 2014
An increasing number of lump term contracts with miners like BHP Billiton, Anglo American and Mount Gibson Iron have become linked to the spot lump premium published by Platts, according to various industry sources.
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Industry Solution Papers Library

Special Report: Can shale gale save the naphtha crackers?
According to a report from Platts unit Bentek, over the five-year period to 2016, the development of shale gas exploration in the United States is expected to increase natural gas liquids production by more than 40%. Jim Foster examines the how the changing dynamics of NGL product might play out for naphtha crackers.
Special Report: Steel - What hurdles need to be overcome for India to achieve second top steel producing status?
This latest report focuses on the problems facing India’s rise to second largest steel producer status (published December 2012).
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