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Feature: US Election 2016 and Trump Administration

January 20, 2017
President Donald Trump's picks for his Cabinet appear to back up his campaign pledges to boost US oil and gas production and streamline infrastructure approvals.
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US Commerce Secretary-nominee Ross says to be proactive against dumping
President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, Wednesday said he planned to use the department's ability to self-initiate antidumping and countervailing duty investigations to send a message to foreign manufacturers -- a proactive stance that steel industry executives have long encouraged.
US steel industry execs expect longs producers to see boost under Trump
The expected increase in infrastructure spending once Donald Trump becomes US president should be positive for US long steel producers, according to steel industry executives, although exactly how big a boost the sector will see is an open question.

The Barrel Blog

January 20, 2017
We consider commodity prices during President Barack Obama's tenure and will track how they change during President Donald Trump's time in office.
January 11, 2017
Consensus forecasts suggest iron ore delivered into China will average around $55-$60/dry mt this year.
December 22, 2016
Can the Europeans bring back roughly 200,000 mt per month of hot-dipped galvanized steel required to fill a void? If not, what will happen to the price?
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News Headlines

Washington (Platts)--20 Jan 2017 1253 pm EST/1753 GMT
US President Donald Trump said Friday after taking the oath of office that trade protectionism would sit at the heart of his policies.
London (Platts)--20 Jan 2017 855 am EST/1355 GMT
European ferrovanadium prices consolidated on the week as market participants reported deals at higher levels, although demand was not as buoyant as expected for January.
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Price Focus

The seaborne iron ore market ended the trading week March 18 on firmer ground, as positive steel performance provided support. Buying interest appeared to gain further traction in the spot market, as more mills reappeared with replenishing needs.

Steel Infographic

Platts steel team tasked our design and production department to take a wealth of steel raw materials data and transform those freshly mined (sic) numbers into something visually engaging. In this post we present you with the very interesting results. Derived from a variety of company sources and our own Steel Markets Daily and Steel Raw Materials Monthly publications, we¿d like to hear your thoughts on the significance of the numbers for the global steel industry.


Reflections on steel, metals in 2016 and predictions for the New Year
December 20, 2016
- It’s the week before Christmas, and the end of the year finds the three wise men of Metals Meltdown reflecting on what’s happened in the global steel industry in 2016 and predicting where production and prices could be headed in 2017.
Headwinds for US aluminum alloy market likely to continue into 2017
December 14, 2016
- It's been tough going for the secondary aluminum market over the last few months, and an ample alloy supply is weighing on the US market as the year ends.
What will Trump's presidency mean for Asia?
November 30, 2016
- Our editors' take on how US President-elect Donald Trump's potential policy changes could affect Asia.
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