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  • Can past scrap pricing predict future movements? Mar 01, 2014

    Looking at average monthly performances during the first 14 years of the 21st Century reveals some patterns about ferrous scrap behavior.

  • In the DRIver's seat Mar 01, 2014

    With greater direct-reduced iron options, input calculations are becoming more complex. Delivered cost is just the first consideration of many facing the steel industry as it retools manufacturing and economic models to adjust for the growing prominence of DRI in the mix.

  • Lighter projections for heavy equipment market this year Mar 01, 2014

    While the long-term outlook for heavy equipment continues to be good, near-term economic conditions have many worried about right now.

  • Operational improvements are an ongoing journey Mar 01, 2014

    In a recent AMM survey of global steel executives, improving operational effectiveness was near the top of their list of priorities.

  • Scrap metal magnate: Herbert Black Mar 01, 2014

    Herbert Black has been no stranger to drama, leading to one of the more colorful careers in the industry.

  • Service centers slightly optimistic early in 2014 Mar 01, 2014

    Service center viewpoints in the early days of 2014 point to general expectations of improved demand and business, at least in the first quarter.

  • The direct approach: DRI investments on track Mar 01, 2014

    Announced and proposed DRI investments—including Nucor Corp.’s new plant—already match projected demand levels as domestic mills’ desire to control raw materials access and costs is expected to increase throughout the rest of this decade and into the next.

  • The keeper of the flame: Greg Ludkovsky Mar 01, 2014

    An anomaly on the domestic steel scene, the head of global research and development for the world’s largest steelmaker presides over an R&D powerhouse replete with 11 research centers, 1,350 scientists, a $280-million-plus budget and a mandate to keep steel competitive.

  • The scrap price differential equation Mar 01, 2014

    The volatility in the price spread between busheling and shredded scrap has been a long-term story, with the gap moving from less than $1 per ton in January 2013 to around $40 in September and back to just a few dollars in February.

  • Winter, the sequel, hits metals hard for a second time Mar 01, 2014

    Snow and freezing temperatures that slammed much of the nation in December continued to wreak havoc in January and February.

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