Steel Imports Up in October, Saudis Feel Heat Over Oil Prices

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Steel imports into the US were up in October and Saudi Arabia is under pressure to turn off its spigots from fellow OPEC nations.

Steel Imports Up

Based on preliminary Census Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute reported today that the US imported a total of 2,987,000 net tons (nt) of steel in October 2015, including 2,258,000 nt of finished steel, up 5.4% and 1.4%, respectively, vs. September final data.

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On the year-to-date, through ten months of 2015, total and finished steel imports are 33,889,000 and 27,438,000 nt, respectively, down 8% and 2% respectively, vs. the same period in 2014. Annualized total and finished steel imports in 2015 would be 40.7 and 32.9 million nt, down 8% and 2% respectively vs. 2014 if the same levels persisted in November and December.

Saudi Arabia Under Oil Pressure

OPEC members including Iran have decided Saudi Arabia’s effort to force out smaller US shale producers by overproducing and lowering global oil prices was a failure and are preparing to press the Saudis directly to pull back on production at the group’s meeting this week.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that discontent is even building inside Saudi Arabia over the strategy.

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