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We wish you, the readers, a Happy New Year, wherever you are!

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We’ve officially turned the page on 2018, but in case you missed it, be sure to check out our top 10 most-viewed stories of 2018.

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With U.S.-China trade talks on the schedule, an upcoming deadline for the Section 232 automotive probe, and the ongoing efforts by some countries to win exemptions from the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs, there will certainly be a lot to talk about in the coming days, weeks and months.

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We’ve touched on the top 10 most-viewed posts of the year, in addition to some of the most-viewed copper, steel and aluminum MetalMiner posts of the year.

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Of course, it was a big year for trade in general, too.

With that said, let’s take a look back at some of the trade stories of the year, one in which Section 232 tariffs were introduced to markets; the U.S.-China trade war escalated; the U.S., Canada and Mexico signed the successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); and much, much more.

Here is just a sampling of some of the trade stories of the year:

  1. Indian Steel Sector Looks on Nervously at RCEP Trade Talks

  2. Trump’s Sanctions Could Hit Trade in Rusal Metal

  3. As Steel Tariffs Loom, Government Trade Study Ignored by Mainstream Press?

  4. Shipping Rate Rises Pose a Risk to Trade

  5. USTR Submits Trump Administration’s Trade Agenda Policy to Congress

  6. India Expresses Concerns at WTO About Possibility of Trade War Sparked by Section 232 Tariffs

  7. The Threat of a Trade War to the Global Economy

  8. In Section 301 Update, USTR Says China Hasn’t ‘Fundamentally Altered’ Unfair Trade Practices

  9. What Will 2018 Hold? Possibly a Trade War, Political Turmoil and Much More

  10. Is This a U.S.-China Trade War or Just a Chaotic Negotiation?

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We’ve taken a stroll down Steel Street and Aluminum Avenue — what about copper?

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The LME copper price surged to a 2018 high in early June, reaching $7,261.50 per ton, before plunging below the $6,000 per ton level about six weeks later. Since then, copper has traded relatively sideways through much of the year’s fourth quarter.

LME copper price in 2018. Source: LME

2018 also saw a labor saga at BHP’s Escondida mine in Chile — among other 2018 copper mine labor disputes — which was eventually resolved after months of talks.

On a macroscopic level, the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China — yielding a total exchange of $360 billion in tariffs on each other’s imports — has had a depressive effect on markets around the world. China has seen softer demand for various metals, including the so-called Dr. Copper (dubbed as such for its perceived efficacy as an indicator of overall economic health). Some sort of trade agreement between the U.S. and China will go a long way toward stabilizing and, furthermore, injecting life into metals markets.

With all of that said, let’s take a ride down Copper Court and look back at some of the top copper stories on MetalMiner this year:

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

  2. Mid-April Metals Analysis: Aluminum, Copper and Nickel Prices Rise, Other Base Metals Fall

  3. This Morning in Metals: Copper, Aluminum Prices Drop on News of China’s Adjusted Winter Capacity Cuts

  4. Copper MMI: LME Copper Prices Fall

  5. Copper MMI: LME Copper Prices Continue Downtrend

  6. Copper MMI: Copper Prices Bounce Back Up

  7. Copper MMI: LME Copper Prices Continue Slide

  8. LME, SHFE Copper Prices Trend Down in March

  9. Copper MMI: LME Copper Prices Breach $6,000/MT

  10. Copper Price Falls as BHP Says Deal is Reached to Avoid Escondida Strike

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Steel often gets all the glory, but aluminum also had a big year.

From the U.S.’s Section 232 tariff announcement to the April aluminum price spike after the U.S. Treasury initially announced sanctions against Russian firms and their owners (including aluminum giant Rusal), there was plenty going on in the world of aluminum.

On the sanctions front, the U.S. Treasury announced it would delist several Russian firms previously targeted with sanctions (however, as MetalMiner’s Stuart Burns noted, the aluminum market reacted with a bit of a shrug this time around).

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Before we turn the page on 2018, take a look at some of the most-viewed aluminum-centric stories here on MetalMiner this year:

  1. Department of Commerce Releases Section 232 Aluminum, Steel Recommendations
  2. Section 232 Aluminum Report Moves on to President Trump

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

  4. Aluminum Recovers With More Than 13% Price Jump in a Week

  5. Mid-April Metals Analysis: Aluminum, Copper and Nickel Prices Rise, Other Base Metals Fall

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

  7. Breaking Down Section 232 Aluminum, Part 1: Commerce Eyes 80% Capacity Utilization

  8. Breaking Down Section 232 Aluminum, Part 2: U.S. Importing More and Exporting Less

  9. Aluminum MMI: Markets React to 10% Aluminum Tariff Proposal

  10. This Morning in Metals: Copper, Aluminum Prices Drop on News of China’s Adjusted Winter Capacity Cuts

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It was yet another busy year in the world of steel news.

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The main pillar of that news was the Trump administration’s imposition of a 25% tariff on imported steel.

That saga, of course, is ongoing.

A select few countries have won exemptions of some form from the tariffs (whether with or without a quota) — those being South Korea, Australia, Argentina and Brazil.

However, trading partners like Canada, Mexico and the European Union continue to push for exemptions of their own (after their temporary exemptions expired mid-year). Those efforts continue, even after the U.S., Mexico and Canada recently signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the successor to NAFTA, during the Group of 20 summit in Argentina.

As you’ll note, many of these stories also appeared in the recently published top 10 most-viewed posts of the year.

Given the events that transpired in 2018, there will be plenty more steel coverage to come in 2019.

  1. Steel Price Trends: An Upcoming Top?

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

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

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

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

  6. Steel Prices Pick Up Momentum to Kick Off 2018

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

  8. Raw Steels MMI: Domestic Steel Price Momentum Picks Up

  9. Stainless Steel MMI: LME Nickel Price, Stainless Surcharges Both Rise

  10. Stainless Steel MMI: LME Nickel Prices Fall But Stainless Steel Surcharges Rise

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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 2018.

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So, before we turn the calendar over to 2019, let’s take a look back at the top 10 most-viewed stories here on MetalMiner.

Unsurprisingly, anything having to do with steel prices and the Trump administration’s rollout of its Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum were of great interest to readers this year.

With that, enjoy these stories from the year that was:

  1. Steel Price Trends: An Upcoming Top?

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

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

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

  5. Global Precious MMI: What’s in the Forecast for Platinum, Palladium Prices?

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

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

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

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

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

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On this day, we wish our MetalMiner readers a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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While you may be busy putting the finishing touches on your Thanksgiving spread and, subsequently, taking a turkey-induced nap, you might find some time to revisit some of the most-read MetalMiner posts of the month so far.

Take a look and revisit the November posts below that caught readers’ attention:

  1. Is the Russian Aluminum Giant Rusal Off the Hook?

  2. Aluminum MMI: Prices Fall After Supply Concerns Ease

  3. Stainless MMI: LME Nickel Prices, Stainless Surcharges Fall

  4. Copper MMI: Lower LME Copper Prices Drive Subindex Drop

  5. Global Precious MMI: Is Palladium Price High Enough to Make GM Flirt With Substitution?

  6. Mitigating Supply-Chain Risk When Natural Disasters Strike

  7. GOES MMI: Tata Steel-Thyssenkrupp JV Under Scrutiny for Grain-Oriented Electrical Steel

  8. Liberty Group Seals Financing to Acquire Rio Tinto’s Dunkerque Aluminum Smelter

  9. This Morning in Metals: Nickel Falls to 11-Month Low

  10. This Morning in Metals: China’s Steel Output Soars in October

Clearly, readers are locked into the situation with respect to the Russian aluminum giant Rusal. As readers will recall, the announcement of U.S. sanctions against Russian companies and their owners, including Rusal, in April shocked the aluminum market, causing prices to skyrocket (as Rusal accounts for about 7% of global aluminum production).

Since then, however, aluminum prices have come back down, as the U.S. Treasury bumped its deadline for U.S. firms to unwind business with Rusal (and other listed Russian firms) from Oct. 23 to Dec. 12. Then, on Nov. 9, the Treasury announced another extension of the deadline, this time to Jan. 7, 2019.

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Of course, we will be on this storyline in the weeks and months to come as further developments arise.

But for now, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, MetalMiner readers!

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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