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Scrap Magnet

Torn from the pages of Iron Age, Scrap Magnet has been appearing within Fastmarkets SPB for more than 20 years.  Digging deep into more long-term market factors, Scrap Magnet covers issues like scrap exports, transportation issues, spreads between prime scrap grades and shredded scrap and sustained downward trends in scrap pricing.

 

A tough July settlement indicates a bottom finally reached for ferrous scrap mart

By Bill Beck - July 18, 2019

After one of the more contentious settlements in recent years in July, the North American ferrous scrap community is licking its wounds in anticipation of a turnaround in August. Many in the business are pretty much convinced that the market is on the bottom. But how much the market moves upward in August and September is still in dispute.

Steel has stellar year in 2018

By Bill Beck - February 19, 2019

It turned out it was a very good year for steel. Steelmakers booked record profits, thanks to a growing American economy and the implementation of President Donald Trump’s Section 232 tariffs. The trade measure, ranging from 10% to 25% on foreign steel and aluminum, gave a huge jump start to an industry that had been struggling in the latter years of the Obama presidency. The steel utilization rate climbed steadily upward during the past year, topping out at just over 80 percent at the end of the year.
Steel shipments for 2018 totaled 95.28 million tons, up nearly 5% from the 90.80 million tons shipped in 2017.
 
 

Solid year for ferrous scrap will be tough act to follow in 2019

By Sean Barry - December 17, 2018

After enjoying a bumper 2018, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the North American ferrous scrap industry heading into the New Year as market players question whether prices in 2019 will manage to outgun the pace of growth experienced over the past year on robust domestic demand. 
 

Tariffs breathe life into the U.S. steel industry in 2018

By Bill Beck - November 19, 2018

It has been a very good year for the nation’s steel industry. President Donald Trump’s promise to protect the domestic steel industry with tariffs during the 2016 Presidential elections became a reality this year. Tariffs ranging from 10 percent to 25 percent on foreign steel gave a huge jump start to an industry that had been struggling in the latter years of the Obama presidency. The steel utilization rate has climbed steadily upward during the past year, topping out at just over 80 percent at the beginning of November.
 

Up and down year in ferrous scrap might end year higher

By Bill Beck - October 22, 2018

An up and down year in the nation’s ferrous scrap market has seen prices slip from their first quarter peak to a low at the end of the third quarter. But strong order books and decreasing flow of such bellwether grades as shredded and cut scrap have many in the industry expecting fourth quarter prices to rebound to levels higher than they were during the year’s early months.
 

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