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Steel First Outlook

STEEL FIRST OUTLOOK: Mixed outlook for LD linepipe mills

Metal Bulletin Research (MBR) looks at the prospects for large-diameter (LD) pipemaking over the next couple of years, given the doubts over current projects but the likelihood of new projects in Iran and elsewhere.

STEEL FIRST OUTLOOK: Rapid price increases stun European structural tube markets

Metal Bulletin Research (MBR) examines the acceleration in price increases for structural tubes offered into the European market.

China Insight

CHINA INSIGHT: Speculative bubbles start to form

Economic data from China post-Chinese New Year has turned out to be surprisingly strong and car sales are gathering momentum.

CHINA INSIGHT: Recovery gathers momentum

As the recovery in sentiment in the Chinese economy speeded up in March, the Shanghai stock market regained some lost ground and made impressive double-digit gains.