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  • Aerospace is on flight to profit, at least eventually

    Although the aerospace sector has substantially outperformed the market, leading analysts say, downside risks have heightened, despite end-user production rates that in some cases are twice what they were when the Great Recession hit seven years ago.

  • AK is building a world-class research, innovation center

    A measure of the importance domestic steelmakers place on the role that technology will play in the steel industry of the twenty-first century is AK Steel’s recent announcement that it plans to build a new, world-class research and innovation center in Middletown, Ohio.

  • Are steel, import and raw materials prices still linked?

    Last spring I took a look at what factors might most be having an impact on the direction of steel prices. The conclusion was that steel imports and raw material costs produced the most correlation. A year later, is this still the case?

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Latest Pricing Trends Year Over Year

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After witnessing the pace of steel plant idlings and worker layoffs during the first half of the year, what is your view of the second half of 2015? (choose one)

No matter what else happens, layoffs and shutdowns, etc., have nearly or essentially stopped for the year.
The environment will change little and the pace of layoffs will continue at a similar rate as the first half of 2015.
The environment will change little yet the pace of layoffs will begin to slow slightly to moderately.
The environment will change little yet the pace of layoffs could exceed the rate seen thus far.
The environment will improve slightly to moderately yet hiring and plant restarts will not resume this year.
The environment will improve slightly to moderately, with hiring and plant restarts commencing.
The environment will improve dramatically yet hiring and plant restarts will still be negligible in comparison.
The environment will improve dramatically yet hiring and plant restarts will only be slight to moderate.
The environment will improve dramatically, with hiring and plant restarts occurring nearly in tandem.


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