Monday, Feb14, 2011
Reports of an expected 10 percent increase in steel demand in the United States this year sent some steel company stocks higher Thursday, the same day AK Steel announced a price increase.
West Chester-based AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) said it is hiking current spot market base prices for all carbon flat-rolled steel products, effective immediately with new orders. The company, the largest in the Dayton region, said base prices for carbon flat-rolled products will increase by $50 per ton.
This week, Arcelor Mittal (NYSE: MT), the world's largest steelmaker, said it expected a 10 percent increase in the U.S. demand for steel this year, with demand in China and Europe climbing up to 7 percent.