Sheet looks stable but players’ outlook mixed

Mar 14, 2013 | 04:10 PM | Catherine Ngai

Tags  steel sheet, steel buyers, mills, hot-rolled sheet, sheet prices, steel prices, Catherine Ngai

NEW YORK — U.S. steel sheet prices look stable this week, although players are mixed about the direction of a market plagued by short lead times and oversupply.

"I know the mills were talking firm on the increases, but they came to me late last week and had more of a ‘what do you need’ kind of tone again," one Midwest buyer said. "I’m not sure if the price increases are standing. They’re trying, but the market is soft."

Recently slated $50-per-ton increases haven’t translated into transaction price hikes in that amount, mill and buyer sources said, but they have eliminated many of the barrel-scraping discounts seen in the days leading up to the move (amm.com, March 7).....





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