AMM Comment: Some visions of the future are clouded by caution

Aug 28, 2012 | 07:00 PM | John Ambrosia

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With the fourth quarter fast approaching and the presidential election looming ever closer, the view of where metal markets are heading seems no clearer than it was six months or even a year ago.

Although many in the metals sector remain upbeat in general, on specific points there is still concern: When will the construction sector pick up? What is the overall future of shale gas development? Where are taxes and regulations going?

AMM conducted a survey in the spring on behalf of PricewaterhouseCoopers among global steel and aluminum executives, a repeat of those in April last year and again in October. We take a look at the meaning of the survey numbers starting on page 14, but here are a few quick conclusions:....





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