The week has been an interesting one, especially as far as China’s economy and the copper markets are concerned, as well as a totally different conflict-free legislative approach in Europe, an improving steel market there, and a new team member over here – right here, in MetalMiner’s Chicago headquarters.
Let’s begin with the metals your company is likely buying – steel and copper.
European Steel Picture Looking Brighter?
Stuart weighs in on a market that’s been in the doldrums for quite some time, but looks to be getting healthier – read the details here. If it’s an iron ore forecast you’re after, look no further than this article – Seaborne Iron Ore Prices Showing Little Chance of Early Reversal.
China’s Copper Collateral
Another good outlook for buyers, pointing to the takeaways from all this Chinese activity, and ending with the ideal time to buy the metal.
Conflict-Free in the EU
Let’s look to the smelters, not the manufacturers, says a different type of proposed legislation in the European Union. MetalMiner Executive Editor Lisa Reisman’s take on that here.
New Reports Out This Week
- 7 Metal Buying Strategies for 2014: A Category Sourcing Guide. Covering forecasts for ferrous and non-ferrous markets through the next 12 months.
- The Monthly MMI® Report for March 2014. Giving you the lowdown on what 10 metals markets did over the last month – and where they’re going.
Let’s Welcome Jeff Yoders
Jeff, who joins us following years of experience covering building information modeling and technology, is already applying his knowledge base to the daily machinations of the metals markets. Look for him to delve deeper into the construction industry – and the metals that are integral to it.
Happy Friday, folks!