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To our U.S. readers, we here at MetalMiner wish everyone a happy and safe Labor Day weekend.

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The next couple of days will be busy ones here at MetalMiner. Keep an eye out for the release of our usual Monthly Metals Outlook (MMO) report. Then, also keep an eye out for our big annual report, which offers a more expansive view of the various metals categories tracked in our MMO.

On top of all that, also keep an eye out for our usual Monthly Metals Index (MMI) reports, which will get rolling this week.

Until then, enjoy the Labor Day weekend. With the official end of summer drawing near, let’s take a look back at the most popular posts of the summer season (for the purposes of this, that’s June-August):

  1. Raw Steels MMI: Steel Prices Sit at More Than Seven-Year High

  2. Raw Steels MMI: Domestic Steel Price Momentum Continues to Grow

  3. Stainless Steel MMI: Stainless Surcharges, LME Nickel Prices Rise

  4. Aluminum MMI: LME Aluminum Drops, Midwest Premium at Four-Year High

  5. India’s Coal Shortage is U.S. Miners’ Gain

  6. AI Firm Noodle.ai Brings Expertise Into the World of Metal Manufacturing

  7. Dropping Zinc Prices Get a Boost From Chinese Smelter Cuts

  8. Aluminum MMI: LME Aluminum Prices Lead the Way

  9. Stainless Steel MMI: LME Nickel Prices Fall While Stainless Surcharges Rise

  10. Copper MMI: LME Copper Prices Continue Downtrend

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It’s hard to believe we are already more than halfway through the year, but here we are.

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And what a first six months it has been.

From Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, to the ensuing wave of retaliatory tariffs, and burgeoning trade tensions in general, the pace of metals news has only picked up in quantity and intensity so far this year.

So, as our American readers celebrate the Fourth of July today, let’s take a look back at the most-viewed posts here on MetalMiner® through the first six months of the year.

  1. Section 232 Steel Probe Report Moves on to President Trump

  2. How Has the Rest of the World Reacted to Trump’s Section 232 Announcement?

  3. Copper Had a Big 2017, but What Does 2018 Hold?

  4. Department of Commerce Releases Section 232 Aluminum, Steel Recommendations

  5. Steel Price Trends: An Upcoming Top?

  6. How Will Trump’s Proposed Tariffs Impact India?

  7. Steel Prices Pick Up Momentum to Kick Off 2018

  8. Section 232 Aluminum Report Moves on to President Trump

  9. Global Precious MMI: Will Drop in Platinum, Palladium Prices Continue?

  10. Raw Steels MMI: Steel Prices Gain Momentum in February

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The first five months of 2018 have been quite busy ones for the world of metals.

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So, as we celebrate Memorial Day, let’s take a look back at the most-viewed posts on MetalMiner through the first five months of the year.

You’ll notice a particular theme: Section 232. The Trump administration’s every move related to 232, particularly its eventual imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum, garnered a great amount of interest from MetalMiner readers.

Without further ado, here are the year-to-date’s top 10 most-viewed posts:

  1. Section 232 Steel Probe Report Moves on to President Trump

  2. How Has the Rest of the World Reacted to Trump’s Section 232 Announcement?

  3. Department of Commerce Releases Section 232 Aluminum, Steel Recommendations

  4. Copper Had a Big 2017, but What Does 2018 Hold?

  5. How Will Trump’s Proposed Tariffs Impact India?

  6. Section 232 Aluminum Report Moves on to President Trump

  7. Steel Prices Pick Up Momentum to Kick Off 2018

  8. Steel Price Trends: An Upcoming Top?

  9. Global Precious MMI: Will Drop in Platinum, Palladium Prices Continue?

  10. Breaking Down Section 232 Aluminum, Part 3: The Impact on U.S. Production

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Not to be outdone by steel and aluminum, we also decided to take a look back at the year that was for copper, the metal often referred to as “Dr. Copper” for its ability to serve as an indicator of economic health.

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So, before we turn over to 2018, let’s take a look back at some of the biggest, most interesting copper stories here on MetalMiner this year:

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Aluminum featured heavily in our top 10 most-viewed posts of 2017 — but there were plenty of other aluminum articles of note here on MetalMiner.

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Here is an additional sampling of some of our writings on aluminum here throughout the year:

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Steel featured heavily in our top 10 most-viewed posts of 2017 — but there were plenty of other steel articles of note here on MetalMiner.

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Here is an additional sampling of some of our writings on steel here throughout the year:

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The year is coming to a close, which means it’s a perfect time to look back before saying goodbye to 2017.

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So, before we turn the calendar over to 2018, let’s take a look back at the top 10 most-viewed stories here on MetalMiner:

  1. 3 Reasons Why Aluminum Prices Will Rise in 2017.” This January post proved to be popular for MetalMiner readers and aluminum watchers (and indeed, it has been a big year for the metal).

  2. Steel Prices: Cold-Rolled Coil Hits a 5-Year High, Will They Continue to Rise?” This March post on CRC also proved to have some serious longevity.

  3. “2017 Steel Market Outlook: Strong Demand for Flat Products Expected.” Surprise, surprise — early-year outlooks, especially about steel, were popular among readers.

  4. “The Land Rover Defender Will Rise From the Ashes… With an Aluminum Frame.” Everybody loves a good automotive product update — especially when it has to do with aluminum in automobiles.

  5. Section 232 Potential Outcomes, Impact Becoming More Clear.” Section 232 mania was in full swing this summer, as many expected a decision from the Trump administration at the end of June — one which never came, of course. The Section 232 steel deadline approaches on Jan. 15, 2018.

  6. How Far Can Steel Price Spreads, US Steel Prices Rise in 2017?” Everyone wants to know the price of steel.

  7. Why Most Analysts’ 2017 Copper Price Forecasts are Wrong.” An early look at copper price projections proved to be a popular post.

  8. Copper Price Forecast, July 2017: Strikes to Increase Global Deficit.” Sticking with the copper theme, this July post touching on the looming specter of strikes was another frequently viewed post on MetalMiner.

  9. Steel Prices Could Surge in 2017 as China Tackles Pollution.” You couldn’t go long in 2017 without reading something about China, capacity cuts and pollution.

  10. Zinc Price Forecast, May 2017: Demand, Supply Trending Up.” Readers were also interested in the price of zinc.

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This month, you’ll also learn:

  • Repercussions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The House of Representatives passed the bill in November, and the Senate followed suit on December 2. The legislation could have a big effect on the steel and manufacturing industries.
  • What was behind the recent skid of the DBB industrial metals index
  • Why the U.S. dollar’s downtrend remains stronger than the recent two-month uptrend, and why buying organizations should expect even more movement
  • Why steel prices failed to breach resistance levels in November

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Arriving just in time for budgeting season, this report contains the unique insight, analysis and tools you need as a metal buyer or manufacturer to know when and how to make the buying decision – including expected average prices, support and resistance levels.

This free, downloadable PDF is one of MetalMiner’s most valuable pieces of content and includes coverage of commodities markets, industrial metals markets and key price drivers for aluminum, copper, nickel, lead, zinc, tin and steel (HRC, CRC, HDG, Plate).

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The Annual Outlook Report continues to examine three variables which have underpinned metal markets for the past two years:

  • Demand from China (and China’s overall economic outlook)
  • The strength of the U.S. Dollar
  • Oil prices and trends

While the 2018 Annual Metals Outlook report is free of charge, we do recommend you pair it with a subscription to our Monthly Metal Buying Outlook report in order to get the most valuable, up-to-date information and analysis of market conditions.

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It’s hard to believe that 2017 is already more than halfway in the books. As we celebrate the Fourth of July, let’s take a brief look back at the top five most-viewed stories here at MetalMiner from January through June.

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Top 5 Stories of the First Half of 2017

  1. 3 Reasons Why Steel Prices Will Rise Well Into 2017. This piece was a hit with readers, raking in the most page views of any story through the first six months of this year. With the steel industry awaiting the Trump administration’s Section 232 verdict, prices are in a bit of a holding pattern (for now).

  2. The Land Rover Defender Will Rise From the Ashes… With an Aluminum Frame. Stuart Burns’ piece on the Land Rover Defender revved up interested with readers.

  3. Military Grade Aluminum? The Ford F-150 Debate Continues. What exactly does the term “military-grade” mean in the context of automobiles? This post from the tail end of 2016 continued to draw reader interest well into 2017.

  4. 2017 Steel Market Outlook: Strong Demand for Flat Products Expected. Everybody wants to know: What’s the deal with steel? After Donald Trump’s presidential election, many in the steel industry expected a boost accompanying a proposed uptick in infrastructure projects. Of course, much has happened since this post went live in early January — namely, the Trump administration’s announcement of an investigation into steel imports, using Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act.

  5. 3 Reasons Why Aluminum Prices Will Rise in 2017. While steel has been the subject of much of the metal industry’s focus this year, aluminum is also being investigated under Section 232.  This post from January predicting a rise in aluminum prices was a popular one with readers.

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