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April 2017

A new story for steel

April 26, 2017 (7:48)

Metals Meltdown discusses how the US launch of a Section 232 investigation regarding steel imports and national security has changed the tenor of steel trade litigation.


March 2017

Play for today: How the global steel market is faring

March 27, 2017 (6:43)

For global steel this time of the year has come to be known as the time when international trade breathed its last. We have seen the steel export life sucked out of some traditional powerhouses and breathed into others.


February 2017

Steel prices: Deja vu all over again?

February 24, 2017 (7:08)

Will this year see a steel price crash akin to the one seen in early 2016? We discuss whether market participants will experience that deja vu feeling.


January 2017

Year of the Rooster, Time of the Trump

January 25, 2017 (6:06)

As the Year of the Rooster dawns in China, newly-elected President Donald Trump is getting a running start at steel intensive infrastructure projects in the US and final steel production numbers are out for 2016.


December 2016

Reflections on steel, metals in 2016 and predictions for the New Year

December 20, 2016 (8:51)

It’s the week before Christmas, and the end of the year finds the three wise men of Metals Meltdown reflecting on what’s happened in the global steel industry in 2016 and predicting where production and prices could be headed in 2017.


November 2016

Coking coal uncertainty and Trump opportunity

November 24, 2016 (6:50)

With coking coal supply set to come back on stream, steel buyers are increasingly nervous that the current boom in steel prices could bust. The Metals Meltdown Boys discuss this and more.


October 2016

Smiles and smog - a global steel story

October 21, 2016 (7:15)

We compare notes on the recent World Steel Association gathering in Dubai, where execs were upbeat and global demand projections pointed toward growth.


September 2016

Met coal, mergers and decoupling markets, oh my

September 23, 2016 (7:36)

Met coal pricing continued its meteoric rise, China heavyweights moved closer to merging operations and the decoupling of major regional markets.


August 2016

Coking coal strength and production cuts support steel prices

August 26, 2016 (6:48)

Focusing on the reasons behind the Chinese steel market firming, why European raw materials prices are expected to rise in Q4, and how the US is seeing downward corrections as demand tails off.


July 2016

Coking coal strength and production cuts support steel prices

July 27, 2016 (5:40)

Focusing on the reasons behind the Chinese steel market firming, why European raw materials prices are expected to rise in Q4, and how the US is seeing downward corrections as demand tails off.


Coups, mergers and trade cases take steel center stage

July 27, 2016 (5:40)

An attempted coup spooked the Turkish steel market, mergers and acquisitions were back in vogue in Europe, while China is looking at some anti-dumping action of its own.


June 2016

Is a new Chinese steel giant on the horizon?

June 29, 2016 (6:26)

Peter Brennan, Sebastian Lewis and Christopher Davis on how the wait for the first significant merging of Chinese steelmakers could be at an end.


May 2016

Seb holds on to his hat as steel market turns downward

May 25, 2016 (6:15)

This month our motley metals crew assesses China's collapsing steel market and what the impact has been in the US and Europe.


April 2016

Steel price rally continues: when will it end?

April 22, 2016 (5:15)

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.


March 2016

Should steelmakers beware the ides of March?

March 18, 2016 (8:59)

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.


February 2016

Q4 2015: The course of true love never did run smooth (for steelmakers)

February 17, 2016 (6:15)

Platts steel editors discuss the poor overall financial health of major metals producers in Q4 2015 and antidumping measures proposed by the US and issued by the EC.


January 2016

New year rally: Is the horror show over for steel markets?

January 22, 2016 (6:41)

Here's a New Year reality check for steel markets: why are prices strengthening and, more importantly, is this upward movement sustainable?


December 2015

Mirth and merriment in short supply for global metals markets

December 22, 2015 (8:28)

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.


November 2015

Are the BRICs still building or crumbling?

November 26, 2015 (9:30)

Our steel and iron men go beyond Charles Dickens' classic, A Tale of Two Cities, and focus their literary attention instead on a tale of two continents.


October 2015

worldsteel-49 special: Chinese whispers and Chicago steel blues

October 29, 2015 (9:36)

Takeaways from Chicago this month were not just about steaks and pizzas. Top executives who attended the World Steel Annual Conference there had meatier concerns - such as the struggles and prospects of the steel industry.


September 2015

A Nightmare On Mill Street: global steel prices in autumn horror show

September 28, 2015 (10:43)

In all good horror movies there's usually an unwilling victim, and in steel markets around the world it's prices that are being slashed. Our steel aficionados analyse the interrelated market movements in Europe, China and the US.


August 2015

Money makes the mills go round: China's currency woes impact global steel complex

August 28, 2015 (11:08)

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.


July 2015

Not so careless whispers: global steel prices whammed by summer downturn

July 28, 2015 (11:01)

With Chinese hot rolled coil (HRC) prices at the lowest they’ve been since we started assessing them in 2006, and US scrap prices down $20 month on month, our editors ponder just how low steel prices can go.


June 2015

Trading Cases: Increase in steel protectionism casts 'fair play' against free trade

June 16, 2015 (9:56)

Recent steel anti-dumping measures in the US and Europe against mainly Chinese product have once again brought international trade disputes into the spotlight.


May 2015

China's slowing economy 'zombifies' steel industry, as optimism creeps into US scrap

May 21, 2015 (10.06)

Platts lift the proverbial iron lid on the economically challenging global landscape for metals, and tell us how raw materials are impacting pricing and the outlook for finished steel goods.




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