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Recently released market study: United States Metals Report Q1 2014

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2013-12-29 17:34:16 - Recently published research from Business Monitor International, "United States Metals Report Q1 2014", is now available at Fast Market Research

Our overall tepid forecast for the refined metals sector in the US is based on a steady but less than robust economic recovery, and the continued long-term trend of declining consumption and metal intensity per unit of economic growth. In the short term, we expect that refiners and metal producers will continue bringing production back online as the country's economic outlook improves, particularly in the construction and automotive sectors. However, production and consumption will probably remain below pre-crisis levels for some time.

We believe that slow but steady growth in the metals sector will roughly track broader GDP growth, which we forecast to average 2.6% from 2014 to 2017. Gains in the manufacturing sector, including the automotive and construction sectors, should

lead to steady, albeit low, growth. However, elevated inventories, weak foreign demand, and increased competition from cheap imports will cap production increases. Data continues to indicate that while metal industry activity has increased since the end of 2012, industry growth has slowed.

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The US metals sector does rely somewhat on imports of some mineral inputs such as bauxite and tin. We forecast little change in the nature of US metals trade, but recognise that sharp changes to metals prices could affect this dynamic. We expect that the bulk of metals sector production will be supplied by domestic mineral resources to support US industries rather than for export abroad. We also note that domestic US companies will dominate production of their respective metals, although laws on foreign ownership of US based companies enables some foreign companies to operate as well, with various foreign steel firms maintaining US operations.

Report Table of Contents:

BMI Industry View
- Metals SWOT
Industry Forecast
- Steel: Positive Trends To Reverse By Mid-Decade
- Capacity Utilisation Uptrend Continues
- Construction And Automotive Sectors To Support Consumption
- Table: US - Steel Production, Consumption And Balance
- Aluminium: Production And Consumption Trends To Diverge
- Economic Recovery To Boost Consumption
- Production Capacity Remains Under Pressure
- Table: US - Aluminium Consumption, Production And Balance (kt)
- Copper: Muted Recovery
- Housing Recovery To Boost Consumption
- Economic Growth To Bring Production Increases
- Table: US - Refined Copper Production And Consumption (kt)
- Zinc: Production And Consumption Growth Subdued
- Small Increase In Consumption Growth
- Production Growth To Remain Muted
- Reliance On Imports To Continue
- Table: US - Refined Zinc Production And Consumption ('000 tonnes)
Regulatory Development
- Tax Regime
- Minimal Corruption
- Table: US Political Overview
Commodities Forecast
- Iron Ore: Rally To Fade In Q413
- Steel: Supply Glut To Endure
- Aluminium: Surge Gives Way
- Copper: Weak Outlook
- Lead: Short-Term Weakness
- Nickel: Still The Laggard
- Zinc: Still A Surplus Market
- Table: Select Commodities - Performance And BMI Forecasts
- Table: Global Commodities Strategy
- Commodities Forecast
- Table: BMI Steel Forecast
- Table: Steel Forecast
Competitive Landscape
- Table: US - Financial Data For Key Listed Metals Firms, FY 2012
- Steel Sector Opportunities
- Base Metals Remain Consolidated
- Company Profile
- Alcoa - Q1 2014
- Recent Financial Data
- Table: Alcoa - Key Financial Data
- Nucor
- Company Strategy
- Recent Financial Results
- Table: Nucor - Key Financial Data
- ArcelorMittal
- Company Strategy
- Company Details
- Financial Data
- Table: ArcelorMittal - Key Financial Data
- Cross Checks

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