EUROPE HRC: Sentiment bearish on limited demand

Poor sentiment persisted in the European hot-rolled coil market on Tuesday September 28 due to reduced demand from automakers, sufficient distributor stocks and high import volumes in ports, sources told Fastmarkets.

Spot buyers have been refraining from making new deals; they anticipate that domestic prices will continue to decrease. Buyer stocks remain sufficient, allowing them to pause purchases.
Automotive manufacturers, which usually buy steel under long-term agreements, have also been buying less material than originally expected due to lower output caused by the global shortage of semiconductors.

As a result, additional volumes with shorter lead times became available in the...


Maria Tanatar

September 28, 2021

15:02 GMT