Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Stainless steel market on the rise in early 2012 ?

According to MEPS, all the leading stainless steel producers in the United States have announced increases to basis values - or reduced discounts - for flat products, effective for January deliveries. MEPS latest report also states that European mills are putting through price hikes in the New Year.


Interestingly, with demand volumes very poor and raw material costs falling, customers are expecting lower transaction values. Producers are, in many cases, still meeting these expectations. Note that the cost of nickel, most significantly, has fallen quite significantly in recent weeks.


So – a more profitable 2012 for the stainless steel sector?


For original MEPS report, see http://www.meps.co.uk/editorial1111.htm.




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