Stainless Steel Prices

What does this data mean?
MetalMiner Insights includes prices for 304 stainless steel plus many other common grades including: 201, 301, 316, 321, 430, 409, 439 and 441. Capabilities include: LME nickel and global stainless steel price points from Europe, China and North America, should-cost models, buying signals, price forecasting (monthly, quarterly and annually), sourcing strategy recommendations and 100+ price feeds. MetalMiner Insights shows companies how to buy, when to buy and what to pay.

Metal:

Stainless Steel

Grade:

304

Finish:

2B

Current Price:

(Service Centers)

$2.50/Lb

Some Details

304 Stainless Steel + 201, 301, 316, 430, 409, 439, 441

It’s not enough to merely know the base price and surcharge for stainless steel. Plenty of cost comes from all of the adders and extras (e.g. vinyl, polish, cut-to-length etc). MetalMiner provides a more granular view of total cost, giving the buying organization at least 45% more visibility into the total costs they actually pay.

Should-Cost Models

Some Details about this Table

Depending on whether or not a company buys mill-direct or through service centers, having access to a comprehensive stainless steel price model remains elusive. The MetalMiner Insights should-cost models factor in all elements of stainless costs including: base prices, gauge, width adders, prevailing discounts applied and all adders and extra costs for a full range of commercially available stainless grades.

Sample Should-Cost for Stainless Steel

All Stainless Steel Prices

LME Primary 3 Month

LME Primary Cash

Indian Nickel

China Nickel

US Grades 201, 304, 304L, 316, 430 Flat Rolled

US Grades 409, 439, 441 (Both Automotive and Appliance)

European Grades 304, 430 Flat Rolled

European Grades 304 Round and Square Bar

Periodic Table of the Elements

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Forecast

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Ignore the noise, but know the trend. MetalMiner’s track record on stainless steel price forecasts as well as stainless surcharges, by calling a bullish market or a bearish market means buying organizations can always generate cost savings or cost avoidance. 

Never second-guess your metal buying decisions again.

Some may argue that timing an aluminum buy appears speculative. Spot buying, however, also means speculative buying! Merely having a specific price of aluminum per pound via fundamental analysis (e.g. supply and demand) rarely equates to an actionable buying strategy, particularly with high market volatility. Understanding the aluminum price from a short term and long term perspective allows buyers to alter strategies in falling, sideways, and rising markets – as well as save money by timing the buy.

For new procurement professionals or those that have the exciting responsibility of managing an aluminum category for the first time, this brief on the 5 best practices of metal-based sourcing can help with upcoming supplier negotiations. This brief describes how to use cost breakdowns to separate out the conversion/processing costs from metal prices, why one should buy by the weight vs. the each, the importance of “3” in supply awards and two other best practices all designed to help reduce cost of goods sold.

Have an upcoming negotiation for aluminum sheet or coil? Make sure you know how your service centers will negotiate the aluminum price. Whether you buy 3003 aluminum sheet or 6061 extrusions, a strong understanding of which part of the aluminum price moves with an index and which elements should remain fixed will help mitigate market volatility.

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What we offer?

MetalMiner helps manufacturers better manage margins, generate cost savings and cost avoidance, smooth volatility and meet profitability targets. We use data – data science, data analysis, artificial intelligence, statistical analyses as well as technical analysis to provide buying organizations with specific actionable buying guidance. When used consistently, MetalMiner’s buying guidance affords companies both cost savings and cost avoidance opportunities. 

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