EUROPE HRC: Shortage continues to support domestic prices

European hot-rolled coil buyers face a shortage of steel and have little alternative but to accept offer prices from domestic mills, market sources said on Tuesday May 18.

Since steelmakers have largely stayed out of the spot market, the number of completed deals remains small for now although demand both from end consumers and from distributors remains strong.
Buyers said they have no option but to accept the offer prices from European mills; still, they have also reportedly been able to pass on higher prices for HRC to consumers of processed steel.

Distributors, however, have become increasingly cautious in their purchase planning because they prefer not to build stocks of high-priced coil, especially given that steelmakers...


Maria Tanatar

May 18, 2021

15:30 GMT