Local Chinese Seamless Pipe prices move sideways or fluctuate slightly
Chinese domestic welded pipe prices have indicated minor fluctuations in the past seven days,while trading activity has been at a low level. Upstream steel strip prices and raw material futures prices have edged upwards, causing welded pipe price in some local regions to indicate slight upticks. As for the week ahead. It is believed that welded pipe prices may soften by a small margin due to the current off-season.
ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, reported a second consecutive quarterly loss on Thursday and cut its forecasts for demand in its main US and European markets.
The Luxembourg-based company said global steel consumption, including the impact of inventory changes, would grow in 2019 by 0.5-1.0 per cent this year, towards the lower end of its previous guidance of 0.5-1.5 per cent.
Reporting a net loss of $539 million for the third quarter - a second straight quarter in the read- it said it now expected a reduction of US steel demand due to a weak auto sector and a slowdown in demand for machinery, although non-residential construction was healthy.
It also said the contraction in steel demand in Europe would be worse than expected due to a sluggish auto sector and slowing construction.
The company did upgrade its forecasts for the former Soviet Union and for China, the world's largest producer and consumer of steel. But ArcelorMittal ships almost half its steel to European customers, around a quarter to the United States and has negligible business in China, although that market does affect prices.
The company, which produces around 5 per cent of global steel, said it now expected its own shipments to be stable this year, having previously forecast a year-on-year increase.
Chief Executive Officer Lakshmi Mittal said in a statement that ArcelorMittal had anticipated a tough market in the July-September period as low prices and high raw materials costs squeezed margins.
The company's net debt, a key metric for markets, increased by $0.5 billion to $10.7 billion. It has a target to pull it below $7 billion.
Mittal said a substantial release of working capital in the fourth quarter should enable the company to reduce net debt further year-on-year. ..