“Our short-term forecast says that the slab price will catch up with billet and will possibly be even a bit higher, as we see an uptrend in the segment of slabs now,” Dmitry Nikolayenko, the sales director of Metinvest, Ukraine’s largest steelmaker, told Metal Bulletin.
“In the first quarter of 2018 we expect to see the growth in slab prices,” he added.
Metal Bulletin’s weekly price assessment for CIS export slab was $505-510 per tonne fob Black Sea on Monday December 18, up $25-30 from the previous range of $475-485 per tonne fob.
The CIS billet index rose to $514 per tonne fob Black Sea on the same day, up from $495 per tonne fob Black Sea a week earlier.
In the first half of 2017, the...