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Analysis of the trends in steel scrap markets.

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Growing Steel Demand Presents Opportunity For Scrap Pricing Super Cycle in Next Decade

By Bill Beck - May 21, 2021

The recent surge in North American ferrous scrap prices amid strong global steel markets and supply shortages, particularly for prime grades, could be just the start of a demand super cycle for high quality scrap units and alternatives, according to several panelists at Fastmarkets’ virtual Scrap, DRI and Mini-Mills conference, April 13-15, 2021.

Scrap market to start New Year with a bang

By Staff - December 16, 2020

An overwhelmingly bullish sentiment driven by a deepening shortage of ferrous scrap and strong demand propelled the Trend Indicator to its highest ever reading of 80 for January, surpassing the previous high of 76 in January this year.

November market seesaws toward strong sideways

By Bill Beck - November 9, 2020

After all the tumult and the shouting, the November ferrous scrap market wound up a strong sideways, a trend that many in the community had been predicting since mid-October.

Market expectations firm ahead of Nov settlement

By Sean Barry - November 2, 2020

The outlook for the North American ferrous scrap market continues to brighten heading into the monthly November trade negotiations this week amid strong export demand and high finished steel prices that have edged past $680 per short ton. 

Nov mart set to find support from export pickup

By Sean Barry - October 26, 2020

Steady domestic demand and renewed buying activity at the nation’s docks is expected to underpin the ferrous scrap market heading into November, according to the latest Scrap Trends Outlook. 

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