Play for today: How the global steel market is faring
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.
Steel prices: Deja vu all over again?
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.
Year of the Rooster, Time of the Trump
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.
Reflections on steel, metals in 2016 and predictions for the New Year
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.
Coking coal uncertainty and Trump opportunity
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.
Smiles and smog - a global steel story
We compare notes on the recent World Steel Association gathering in Dubai, where execs were upbeat and global demand projections pointed toward growth.
Met coal, mergers and decoupling markets, oh my
Met coal pricing continued its meteoric rise, China heavyweights moved closer to merging operations and the decoupling of major regional markets.
Coking coal strength and production cuts support steel prices
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
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.
Is a new Chinese steel giant on the horizon?
Peter Brennan, Sebastian Lewis and Christopher Davis on how the wait for the first significant merging of Chinese steelmakers could be at an end.
Seb holds on to his hat as steel market turns downward
This month our motley metals crew assesses China's collapsing steel market and what the impact has been in the US and Europe.
Steel price rally continues: when will it end?
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.
Should steelmakers beware the ides of March?
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.
Q4 2015: The course of true love never did run smooth (for steelmakers)
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.
New year rally: Is the horror show over for steel markets?
Here's a New Year reality check for steel markets: why are prices strengthening and, more importantly, is this upward movement sustainable?
Mirth and merriment in short supply for global metals markets
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.
Are the BRICs still building or crumbling?
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.
worldsteel-49 special: Chinese whispers and Chicago steel blues
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.
A Nightmare On Mill Street: global steel prices in autumn horror show
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.
Money makes the mills go round: China's currency woes impact global steel complex
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.
Not so careless whispers: global steel prices whammed by summer downturn
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.
Trading Cases: Increase in steel protectionism casts 'fair play' against free trade
Recent steel anti-dumping measures in the US and Europe against mainly Chinese product have once again brought international trade disputes into the spotlight.
China's slowing economy 'zombifies' steel industry, as optimism creeps into US scrap
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.