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Money makes the mills go round: China's currency woes impact global steel complex
July 28, 2015
Well, so much for 'silly-season' in the steel industry: Peter Brennan, Chris Davis, and Sebastian Lewis outline how no steel grade seems to have escaped the effect of the faltering economic conditions in China, with 'Black Monday' looming large over the outlook for the rest of the year.
US steel scrap prices at six-year lows as dealers look to September
August 26, 2015
The US ferrous scrap market is preparing to enter into negotiations for September after the August buy brought price falls from $20-$30/lt compared to July.
Steel back in black in the EU, but are there storm clouds ahead?
August 19, 2015
Platts assesses steel's transatlantic profitability and the specter of antidumping cases as the world comes to terms with resurgent Chinese exports.
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The Barrel Blog

August 28, 2015
At the beginning of the year molybdenum was at $9/lb. Now prices struggle to stay above $6/lb. What's next for the market?
August 25, 2015
China's steel industry is now gaining more attention from importing countries, Colin Richardson observes.
August 25, 2015
Greg Smart looks at the possible factors contributing to China's growing appetite for refined nickel imports.
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News & Data Feature: Non-Ferrous Metals Outlook

August 18, 2015
European market prices for 226, the key grade of aluminum alloy, pulled back the week ended August 14 amid quiet summer trade, good availability including Russian and East European imports.
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European physical nickel market slow in summer lull
European nickel premiums were steady this week as the market remained slow with many participants still on their summer vacation.
Chinese manganese export offers slip on yuan devaluation
Spot export offers for Chinese FOB EMM slipped on the back of the devaluation of the Chinese yuan while trades generally remained thin.

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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.

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Sanitago (Platts)--28 Aug 2015 1245 pm EDT/1645 GMT
Chile's Codelco is facing a sharp drop in copper grades at its aging mine operations in 2016 while the price of the red metal will likely remain stuck around $2.50/lb, CEO Nelson Pizarro said Friday.
Warsaw (Platts)--28 Aug 2015 919 am EDT/1319 GMT
Europe's largest coking coal producer Jastrzebska Spolka Weglowa said late Thursday it produced 4.17 million mt of hard coal in the second quarter, up 68% year on year because of its acquisition of the Knurow-Szczyglowice mine.
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