Steel Prices in 2016: What to Make of Upside Risk?

slider-annualoutlook-blue2016Sourcing steel in 2016? You’ll want to know when to buy as it can be just as, if not more important, than how much you buy and where you buy it from.

When you source can make all the difference in shaving dollars and cents from your bottom line. But what about the risk? Is there more upside risk or downside risk for steel heading in 2016?

Our own Lisa Reisman recently spoke with a well-known consultant/advisor in the domestic steel industry about this very topic. He maintained that there is likely more upside risk in steel, but her stance reflected that of an industrial metal buying perspective: “Yeah? So what!”

Whether the risk is upside or downside is irrelevant unless we also see evidence of a shift in the market, which is not the case. We are firmly in a bear market and as it stands, we only care about what will make us change our buying behavior.

That’s not just for steel, however. If you’re sourcing copper, tin, lead, zinc, nickel or aluminum then take a second to download our complimentary 2016 Annual Metals Buying Outlook.


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