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January 26, 2018
US market players anxiously awaiting Trump’s decision on whether or not to restrain steel imports got something else instead: the report of a rift between Trump and Wilbur Ross, secretary of the US DOC, which launched the import investigation last year.
January 25, 2018
Gold has started on solid footing in 2018, even in the face of soaring equity markets and interest in cryptocurrency Bitcoin; bullion has been impressing many, and lining the pockets of many others.
December 20, 2017
At a pre-conference dinner before November's Platts Digital Commodities Summit, the conversation naturally turned to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, and the rejection – and disdain – that many supporters of the entire crypto movement have for what are known as "fiat currencies."
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New York (Platts)--16 Feb 2018 558 pm EST/2258 GMT
The share prices of key steel equities in the US rallied sharply across the board Friday after US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross released details of recommendations to President Donald Trump regarding steel imports.
Washington (Platts)--16 Feb 2018 342 pm EST/2042 GMT
Trade remedies under the US Section 232 investigation into aluminum competitiveness are justified and would not cause undo harm to downstream industries such as the automotive and can industries, the Commerce Department said Friday.
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Nerves of Steel: Views from the C-Suite feature

October 20, 2017
The World Steel Association (worldsteel) is holding its general assembly in Brussels the week of October 16, a dynamic annual event attended by top executives from the major steelmaking companies around the globe. Our team shares a special series of interviews and insights.
World Steel Association 2017 general assembly
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From demand and capacity to trade and company strategies, steel CEOs are a chatty bunch
From demand and capacity to trade and company strategies, steel CEOs are a chatty bunch
This week’s Nerves of Steel series wraps up with some views from top executives, captured at the World Steel Association General Assembly by the Platts reporting team.


Aluminum swaps contango on strong US Midwest
February 09, 2018
- Aluminum premium swaps on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange have been in contango. Spot market premiums have been surging this year.
Strong start buoys steelmakers' outlook for 2018
January 30, 2018
- Elevated pricing and strong margins have many steel mills happy about the start to 2018. But questions remain regarding potential trade measures and how long the good times might linger into the New Year.
Aluminum Analysis: US sees a bullish start to 2018
January 26, 2018
- The start of 2018 has seen multiple bullish factors hit. Our US metals editors discuss causes behind the rise in aluminum premium levels and outlook for the coming months.
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