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Southern European HRC Steel prices plummet to €332 per ton

Industry News 06:53:53PM Sep 21, 2015 Source:SMM

UNITED KINGDOM September 21 2015 4:20 PM

LONDON (Scrap Register): The Southern European hot rolled cold (HRC) steel prices plummeted week-on-week to €332 per ton ex-works in the week ended September 11, as per the latest figures from the Steel Index. 

According to TSI, South European HRC index lost €16 a ton since last Friday, closing the week at €332 a ton, the lowest level since May 2009. 

Falls in Chinese-origin HRC import prices to €300/t CIF Italy and increased output by Ilva meant pre-holiday price levels quickly became unsustainable, forcing domestic mills to significantly drop their asking prices. 

The majority of transactions were recorded in a €330-335/t range, while some deals were done even lower. 

However, North European HRC prices were more stable, as market participants reported that producers were still offering the product between €370-380 a ton.

But an increasing gap with South European prices and imports, the latter reportedly at €320 a ton CIF Antwerp, may make maintaining this domestic price level difficult. 

Meanwhile, 3.3kt of North European HRC swaps were cleared the week by LCH.Clearnet.


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Southern European HRC Steel prices plummet to €332 per ton

Industry News 06:53:53PM Sep 21, 2015 Source:SMM

UNITED KINGDOM September 21 2015 4:20 PM

LONDON (Scrap Register): The Southern European hot rolled cold (HRC) steel prices plummeted week-on-week to €332 per ton ex-works in the week ended September 11, as per the latest figures from the Steel Index. 

According to TSI, South European HRC index lost €16 a ton since last Friday, closing the week at €332 a ton, the lowest level since May 2009. 

Falls in Chinese-origin HRC import prices to €300/t CIF Italy and increased output by Ilva meant pre-holiday price levels quickly became unsustainable, forcing domestic mills to significantly drop their asking prices. 

The majority of transactions were recorded in a €330-335/t range, while some deals were done even lower. 

However, North European HRC prices were more stable, as market participants reported that producers were still offering the product between €370-380 a ton.

But an increasing gap with South European prices and imports, the latter reportedly at €320 a ton CIF Antwerp, may make maintaining this domestic price level difficult. 

Meanwhile, 3.3kt of North European HRC swaps were cleared the week by LCH.Clearnet.