The cash price of steel billet fell 12.7 percent on May 25, 2012 to $379 per metric ton on the LME, making it the day’s biggest mover. The 3-month price of steel billet closed at $380 per metric ton. Following a couple days of improvement, prices fell by 12.5 percent on the LME.
Chinese steel prices were mixed for the day. The price of iron ore 58% fines from India hit a high price of CNY 850 ($134) and a low price of CNY 840 ($132) per dry metric ton. The price of Chinese slab fell 0.5 percent to CNY 4,040 ($637) per metric ton. The price of Chinese HRC remained steady at CNY 4,120 ($650) per metric ton.
The US HRC futures contract spot price declined 0.2 percent to $662 per short ton. The US HRC futures contract 3-month price saw little movement last Friday, closing out around $645 per short ton.