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Feature: Global Steel & Raw Materials

April 20, 2017
Demand for Carajas iron ore fines at a time of weaker overall iron ore import appetite continues to increase the spread between the Platts 65% Fe index and the benchmark 62% Fe IODEX reference in China.
Analysis: Carajas iron ore trade amplifies 65% Fe gap with IODEX
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Asian HRC tumbles to near 25-week low on order drought
Asian HRC tumbles to near 25-week low on order drought
The dearth of overseas orders pushed Chinese sellers to further trim selling prices of hot rolled coil April 19, market participants said.
Chinese billet plummets on short-position offers in SE Asia
Chinese billet plummets on short-position offers in SE Asia
Sentiment for Chinese billet in export markets in SE Asia has not improved despite a slight rebound in China’s domestic billet market.


News Headlines

Washington (Platts)--25 Apr 2017 554 pm EDT/2154 GMT
Freeport-McMoRan executives said Tuesday they will stop the Grasberg underground block-cave mine expansion in Indonesia unless an agreement on exports and divestments can be reached with the government.
Pittsburgh (Platts)--25 Apr 2017 550 pm EDT/2150 GMT
US Steel reported a $180 million net loss for the first quarter with losses in the flat-rolled steel and tubular segments, the company said Tuesday.
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For global steel this time of the year has come to be known as the time when international trade breathed its last. We have seen the steel export life sucked out of some traditional powerhouses and breathed into others.
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The Barrel Blog

April 24, 2017
The introduction of sweeping reforms by India’s National Democratic Alliance government since they came into power in 2014 has given a new momentum to India’s manufacturing sector.
April 18, 2017
Since the fall of 2016, when steel emerged as a key topic in the US presidential debates and longtime industry issues became the stuff of living room and social media conversations across the country, the steel industry in the US has felt emboldened.
April 14, 2017
As a part of The Barrel's 10th birthday celebrations, Joe Innace looks at two heavyweights of the commodities world — oil and steel benchmarks.
March 28, 2017
The battle over South Africa’s Mining Charter highlights a lack of confidence in government. Neil Ford explains in his latest blog post.
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