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RMU survey: Ferrous prices could decline, non-ferrous flat to a slight uptick for March

Written by Stephanie Ritenbaugh

The ferrous scrap market is expecting prices to decline in the near term, while non-ferrous prices stay flat or could see a small uptick during the month of March.

That’s according to a monthly survey by Recycled Metals Update that polled dealers and processors, traders, mills and other segments of the sector.

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On the ferrous side, about 77% of respondents said they think prices will fall during March. But prices could reverse three months from now – about 44% of survey participants think prices will be flat, while 37% expect an increase.

For non-ferrous, about half of respondents expect prices to stay flat in March. Another 33% are predicting a rally. Among those respondents, about 50% of traders/brokers said they expect prices to see little up or down movement in the next three-to-six months.

From the February survey, a look at the near-term direction of scrap prices

Respondents across the board largely reported that demand for their products has been positive, with 56% seeing stable demand and 32% seeing an upswing.

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