The phrase ‘fits and starts’ refers to an action being done in an intermediate or sporadic pattern. Given the balance of positive and negative data points driving current market conditions, you could say that this phase is a fitting description for our road to recovery.

In the August episode of Cup o’ Joe, Nick Webb, Ryerson’s director of risk management and commodities hedging, gave us a lot to consider in this regard. For example, while freight rates seem to be improving, import prices remain high; and while manufacturing levels are in positive territory, employment rates continue to struggle.

All being said, the road to recovery could be a balancing act going forward.

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Could Employment Rates Be Key to Recovery?

North American manufacturing activity remains strong, despite a lower PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) from the Institute for Supply Management for July compared to the previous month.

But could employment rates be a key to a more sustained recovery? Webb talks through how sporadic return-to-work patterns across the country could be delaying our rate of recovery.


An Alleviation in Freight

Subtle signs point to alleviation to the woes that have plagued the freight market for the better part of 2021.

Webb considers a correlation between lower spot rates and the industrials metal index. Could it be telling us something about the future of metals pricing?


The Soaring Rate of Imports

Are you considering the import route for metals these days? You may think again when you see just how high rates for shipping containers continue to rise.


The Parallels Between Chinese Lending and U.S. Metal

Over the past few months, Webb has talked through the importance of watching the Chinese Credit Impulse Data in relation to the North American metals market. Here, he overlays this data point with the Bloomberg Commodities Index to draw some interesting parallels.

Carbon Steel Prices Remain at Historic Highs

Not much has changed on the carbon steel front, as prices continue to flirt with five-year highs, despite some choppiness as of late. But what are the signs to watch with regards to when this pattern could possibly reverse course?



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