HSS hike said brewing, but viability questioned

Mar 19, 2014 | 01:27 PM | Thorsten Schier

Tags  hollow structural sections, HSS, price increase, flat-rolled sheet, MSCI, Metals Service Center Institute, pipe, tube Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — A price increase on hollow structural sections (HSS) could be brewing in light of recent flat-rolled price jumps, but market sources questioned the viability of such a move based on their expectations for the flat-rolled increase.

Based on recent experience, and “in light of the recent coil increase announcements, HSS mills ... will put out an increase that will be effective with shipments around a month from now,” one Mid-Atlantic distributor said.

But “unless supply and demand for both coil and HSS dramatically change for the better soon, none of these announcements are going to stick, in my opinion,” the distributor added.....

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