West Coast tubing mills await price cues

Dec 09, 2009 | 11:59 AM | Frank Haflich

If downstream markets are a clue to the future of flat-rolled steel demand, at least one major market on the West Coast continues to withhold encouraging signals.

Despite a growing number of flat-rolled steel producers east of the Rockies announcing increases in January and February, structural tubing buyers in the region said they're not yet getting similar indications of hikes from tubing mills in the Midwest, who remain cautious in the face of uninspiring demand throughout the country.....

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