The cash price of steel billet saw the biggest increase at 0.6 percent on the LME, finishing at $475 per metric ton for April 24, 2012. The LME steel billet 3-month price held steady on Tuesday, remaining around $490 per metric ton.
Chinese steel prices closed flat for the day. Iron ore 58% fines from India ranged from CNY 870 ($137) to CNY 880 ($139) per dry metric ton. The price of Chinese coking coal saw little movement at CNY 1,780 ($282) per metric ton. The price of Chinese slab ended up even on Tuesday at CNY 4,390 ($696) per metric ton.
Tuesday saw the US HRC futures contract spot price shift 0.3 percent to $685 per short ton after a couple of still days. At $673 per short ton, the US HRC futures contract 3-month price held fast after a two-day decline.