Articles in Category: Global Trade

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The first five months of 2020 have been quite busy ones for the world of metals.

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

  1. Oil price collapse is far from over … but now the U.S. has a role

  2. First a stock market crash, then an oil price crash as Saudi Arabia, Russia butt heads

  3. Coronavirus likely to impact steel, iron ore demand in 2020

  4. After historic gold-silver price gap in March, investors are starting to bet on silver

  5. Trump expands Section 232 tariffs on steel, aluminum derivatives

  6. Copper MMI: Uncertain demand after coronavirus outbreak reverses copper price gains

  7. Precious metal prices, including gold, in free fall

  8. India’s steel sector struggled in 2019 — but what does 2020 hold?

  9. Stainless MMI: Stainless surcharges fall, nickel prices increase slightly

  10. Coronavirus outbreak hammers share prices more than commodities

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At least as far as aluminum is concerned, the president’s tariff strategy is in tatters, a recent Reuters article suggests.

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A recent article by strategic research firm Stratfor makes dire reading for the shipping industry and their investors.

However, the piece holds out hope to consumers that shipping freight rates will likely stay lower for longer as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, to some extent helping to mitigate the economic damage being caused elsewhere.

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This morning in metals news, Constellium’s Q1 revenue fell 6% year over year, Nucor CEO Leon Topalian said the steelmaker will continue to give out dividends and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will go into effect July 1.

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This morning in metals news, Liberty Steel announced it would idled its Georgetown steelworks in South Carolina, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has implemented new procedures regarding rules of origin petitions related to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and Vale released its Q1 production results.

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Before we head into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the week that was and some of the metals storylines here on MetalMiner, including coverage of: steel prices; container traffic trends; housing starts; oil prices; E.U. anti-dumping duties on stainless steel; and much more.

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Many industries are hurting at the moment, more from the steps taken to counter the spread of the COVID-19 virus than from infection hitting crews or ports.

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With China slowly emerging from lockdown and both Europe and North America in the grips of extended lockdowns, container traffic has collapsed.

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This morning in metals news, the U.S.’s goods and services trade deficit dropped in February, Brazilian iron ore miner Vale said the commodity will take a hit because of falling steel demand and India’s Odisha state will continue to try to churn out iron ore production.

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Every year, the United States Trade Representative is required, pursuant to the Trade Act of 1974, to provide the president, Senate Finance Committee and certain House committees with a report on foreign barriers to trade.

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This year’s National Trade Estimate (NTE) marks the 35th iteration of the report and serves as a companion to 2020 Trade Policy Agenda and 2019 Annual Report.

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This morning in metals news, U.S. Steel announced a number of measures in response to the coronavirus crisis and falling oil price, concerns have been raised regarding cleaning procedures at a Michigan steel mill, and Republican senators have asked President Donald Trump to roll back trade barriers amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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