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April 13, 2018

Prices of hot-rolled steel likely to trade rangebound in short term

SHANGHAI, Apr 12 (SMM) – Prices of hot-rolled steel price are likely to trade rangebound in the short term, SMM expects. Prices also continue to face pressure given the weak performance of futures.

Prices of hot-rolled steel in major markets such as Shanghai and Lecong remained weak on Wednesday April 11, with limited transactions. Spot prices declined 20-40 yuan/mt yesterday.

Liuzhou Iron & Steel Group stopped its hot-rolled steel lines and converted the lines to producing rebar due to weak prices of hot-rolled steel.

After market inventories shrank for five consecutive weeks, demand returned to normal. Operating rates across mainstream steel mills failed to meet earlier expectations despite an increase of 1.77% from the previous month.

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