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full and very bullish, largely due to their downstream operations.; That has le;
some gaps at other mills that we must wait and see if energy fills.;Unfortunately,
with automotive starting to slow down and energy is waking up slowly, some
mills are starting to get more aggressive.;However, aggressive pricing is not gen-
erating any business that we can tell—certainly not here.;We’re in a wait-and-see
He added, “There are too many mixed messages in the market to get a strong
idea about where things are headed.;Based on that, we are sitting on the side-
lines. We’d rather miss a little downside than underestimate how far or the tim-
ing of when pricing will fall.;The market is going to so;en, but we are still opti-
mistic that the market won’t overreact.;Overall fundamentals are still relatively
strong, and there are some good ‘events’ that could happen.”
Ultimately, everything revolves around price. Will prices drop below today’s
levels, and for how long will the slide last? Or will prices reverse course and
move up? There are more things that buyers need to consider:
• Lead times
• Competitive pressures
• Inventory levels
• How their customers are reacting to
• How much steel is available
• What “real” o;ers for pricing are out there
Each risk must be analyzed and understood, and buyers are having a tough
time with risks like the Section 232 that can’t be quantified easily.
Steel Market Update is addressing steel buying risks and how to identify and
manage them at the SMU Steel Summit Conference, which will be held in Atlanta Aug. 28-30. The conference will have speakers addressing the trade questions
posed in this column, and we will address the concept of free and fair trade from
many viewpoints. You can view the complete agenda, speakers’ biographies,
and costs to attend at www.steelmarketupdate.com/events/steel-summit, or
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