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Steel production continuing to increase.

July 29, 2014
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Steel production still on slight upswing

July 23, 2014
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Steel production

July 15, 2014
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Steel production appears to be slightly rising since the beginning of the year after slightly falling from mid 2013.

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Ending QE should be positive for Steel castings

July 10, 2014
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Fed likely to end bond-buying program in October

The Federal Reserve’s trillion-dollar effort to shore up the U.S. economy is likely to come to an end in October, closing the books on a bold but controversial experiment that has tested the limits of the central bank’s power.

For the past year and a half, the Fed has been buying tens of billions of dollars in government bonds and securities each month in an attempt to tamp down long-term interest rates and boost the recovery. It was the third and largest bond-buying program the central bank has launched since the 2008 financial crisis. But officials have been slowly scaling back the effort this year, and documents released Wednesday show that the Fed’s policy-setting committee is nearly ready to call it quits.

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July 9, 2014
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US stainless steel surcharge remains flat

09 July 2014

It is being reported that the major stainless steel producers in the United States, such as AK Steel, ATI Allegheny Ludlum and North American Stainless, recently announced its alloy surcharges for stainless steel flat products.

So far the stainless steel surcharges have remained flat for July compared to those for June. The alloy surcharges for 304 grades for July were at 89.10 to 89.14 per pound, falling slightly compared with 89.63 to 89.67 cents per pound for June.

Also, the alloy surcharges for 316 grades were at 130.82 to 130.88 cents per pound rising from 128.51 to 128.57 cents per pound for June. The July surcharges for 430 grades remained unchanged at 25.63 cents per pound

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steel production at upper end of flat range

July 8, 2014
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Steel production with small improvement.

July 5, 2014
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