Steel raw material prices are expected to fall again in February due to several factors. Weak demand and reduced production levels during this period can lead to decreased consumption of steel raw materials such as iron ore and coking coal, which can put downward pressure on their prices.
The Chinese New Year holiday, typically observed in February, often results in plant closures and reduced activity in China, a major consumer of steel raw materials. This can further contribute to the decline in prices as demand decreases.
Moreover, global economic conditions, trade tensions, and supply chain disruptions can impact the prices of steel raw materials. Changes in mining and extraction practices, as well as fluctuations in currency exchange rates, can also influence their costs.
Considering these factors, it is anticipated that steel raw material prices will experience another fall in February. Steel industry participants monitor market trends, adjust their purchasing strategies, and evaluate supply-demand dynamics to make informed decisions regarding raw material procurement and manage their overall cost structures effectively.