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Home > MEPS Steel News - 26.02.2014

MIXED PRICE SENTIMENT EMERGES IN THE DEVELOPING STEEL MARKETS - MEPS

Russian trading houses have criticised the aggressive pricing positions adopted by their domestic suppliers. Producers plan to implement another price increase in March, citing the onset of the construction season and the potential for sales in overseas markets, following the recent depreciation of the rouble against the US dollar.

Distributor trade in India has been unsettled by pre-budget expectations and weak market fundamentals. However, transaction values have hardened slightly as a result of concerted efforts by domestic steelmakers to cover production costs and improve their profitability. The weakness of the rupee against the US dollar continues to dampened import activity.

Chinese long product selling values have softened. Consumption volumes in the post-Lunar New Year period were weaker than forecast. Inventories throughout the supply chain have expanded as a result.

The Ukrainian domestic steel market continues to be lacklustre. The situation has been further aggravated by deteriorating economic fundamentals and the current political unrest. Local steelmakers have been unable to hold on to some flat product prices during recent settlements.

The business climate in Turkey has deteriorated since January. Local steelmakers have struggled to fill their rolling schedules. Buyers envisage small price reductions next month, citing lower raw material costs.

The outlook for the United Arab Emirates is unchanged. Local service centres plan to keep stocks low in the near-term and are purchasing cautiously. Construction demand is not as good as anticipated. Flat product buyers are reluctant to take positions, amid volatile import quotations.

South African distributors have queried whether the latest domestic price levels are supported by market and economic fundamentals. Consequently, only small quantities are being purchased at the new, higher values. Moreover, the ongoing threat of strike action spreading from the country’s mining sector persists.


Source: MEPS - Developing Markets Steel Review 

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