EUROPE HRC: Northern European market affected by floods; Italian buyers watch lower imports

Sentiment in the European hot-rolled coil segment has been mixed, with buyers in Northern Europe trying to assess impact of floods on the market and Italian buyers monitoring declining import prices, sources told Fastmarkets on Wednesday July 21.

Across the European Union, trading activity has been limited while buyers wait for a clear market trend. Credit lines have been exhausted over the past few months due to high prices and long lead times, restraining buyers' purchasing ability.
Producers, in the meantime, have been holding back from making offers, either offering fourth-quarter-rolling coil or having sold out of 2021 production material.
Northern Europe
Fastmarkets calculated its daily steel hot-rolled coil index, domestic, exw Northern Europe at €1,163.25 ($1,370.58) per tonne on Wednesday, down by just €0.75 per tonne from €1,164.00 per tonne on July 20.
The index was down by €13.50 per tonne week on week and down by €7.75 per tonne month on month.

Wednesday’s index was based on...

Published

Maria Tanatar

July 21, 2021

16:16 GMT

London