HRC, Prime Scrap Price Spread Widens $18/t in April

The spread between hot-rolled coil (HRC) and prime scrap prices has widened again in April from March, though much smaller than last month’s number, according to Steel Market Update data.

Both SMU’s hot-rolled coil price average and busheling prices dropped this week.

Our hot-rolled coil average slipped $15 per ton week-over-week to $1,145 per ton ($57.25 per cwt) as of Tuesday, April 18. 

April scrap prices settled April 10, as busheling tags dropped $15 per ton to an average of $535 per gross ton from March after four months of consecutive price rises. Figure 1 shows price histories for each product.

After converting scrap prices to dollars per net ton for an equal comparison, the differential between HRC and busheling scrap prices is $667 per net ton through April 18, up $18 from $649 last month  (Figure 2). While the spread still widened this month from March, it was much smaller than the $235 jump reported last month.

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Figure 3 explores this relationship in a different way – we have graphed the spread between HRC and busheling scrap prices as a percentage premium over scrap prices. HRC prices now carry a 114% premium over prime scrap, rising from 107% a month earlier.

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By Ethan Bernard,

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