Short Range Outlook : June 2021

Boom continues in the global longs market, how long will it last? There is still a shortage of steel everywhere in the global long steel products market. Demand remains high in the sheltered markets. On the other hand, there is pressure from the Chinese government to reduce steel prices. It is hard to imagine that this will lead to anything but more supply shortages. If we look back at the previous price booms in the global market, circumstances... Read More

Short Range Outlook : May 2021

Global longs producers hold whip hand amid strong demand, short supply, rising prices Demand in the global long steel products market has continued to increase recently, and particularly demand in China and developed economies continues to push the market up. At the same time, international supply has tightened even further. Most mills are offering a few months ahead, thereby contributing to upward movement of prices. There are imbalances in rebar... Read More

Short Range Outlook : April 2021

Producers dominate in global longs market, outlook appears very positive Lead times are longer than ever in the global long steel products market and there is still strong demand, encouraging mills to continue increasing their prices. The situation has certainly become better from the producers’ point of view. They are all making money and their lead times are elongated. Shortages of material keeps prices and margins high It was somewhat surprising... Read More

Short Range Outlook : March 2021

Spring brings generally bright prospects for global long steel market The current situation and sentiments are generally very good in the global long steel products market. Order books are mostly filled to above average levels. The holiday season is over, winter in the northern hemisphere is coming to an end and vaccinations are progressing. These factors as well as stimulus activities, a will to return to normal, and strong investments are all strong... Read More

Short Range Outlook : February 2021

Sentiment improves in global longs market, concerns remain for February and March Despite some very good margins for December, the global long steel products market is facing more concerns for February and March. China did increase its presence in the export markets and did enter at prices comparable to other sources, but ended up lowering its prices quite quickly. In the current global market circumstances, sentiment is better and so a return to... Read More

Short Range Outlook : January 2021

Short supply in global longs market, full impact of vaccines remains to be seen Supply is still on the short side in the global long steel products market and this situation will probably not change until the second quarter. Chinese demand for raw materials and semi-finished products has been providing the main boost to the markets. As vaccines have started to be released, depleted supply chains have to be replenished, with plans being made for stronger... Read More

Short Range Outlook : December 2020

Global longs market gradually scrabbling back towards normalization The global long steel products market is gradually scrabbling back towards normalization. As effective vaccines are being rolled out, the markets are realizing that we are returning to normal. Business is flourishing. Supply chains are currently restocking and orders are solid, while production levels are not keeping up. Much better situation prevails now in terms of market prices The... Read More

Short Range Outlook : November 2020

Global longs market becomes even more regionalized amid widespread protectionism The global long steel products market is becoming even more regionalized. All the safeguard measures, tariffs and antidumping and countervailing cases are reducing the global exchange of products more and more. The Covid-19 pandemic gives producers in certain markets the pretext to lobby their governments with even more arguments to get their domestic markets protected... Read More

Short Range Outlook : September 2020

Global longs market driven by signals from China, sees greater regionalization The situation in the global long steel products market has not changed much since last month. Almost the whole market is driven by daily news and signals from China. It seems that, apart from China, there seems to be a smaller other global market. Buyers and producers are acting more regionally due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic and safeguard measures. The overall... Read More

Short Range Outlook : July 2020

Global longs demand not as bad as reported, some mills more fortunate than others The situation in the global long steel products market has not changed much since last month. There has been a reduction in both supply and demand around the world, except in China where output keeps growing. Demand in the global long steel products market is indeed not as bad as the newspapers and media outlets report. However, the mills operating at more than 60 percent... Read More

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