March 2008

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2008 Red Metals Outlook
Copper Faces a World of Uncertainty
Price fluctuations, recession concerns and offshore threats, among other factors, provide mixed signals for red metals producers and distributors during the early stages of 2008.

Housing Slump Leaves
Appliance Out in the Cold
Sales of household appliances, which had been surprisingly resilient, finally felt the effects of the housing slump in 2007. Suppliers of metals to kitchen and laundry equipment manufacturers can expect further weakness this year.

MCN Roundtable
Generation S2: Steel’s Successors
Young executives from the Association of Steel Distributor’s Future Leaders Forum share their views on the current state of the industry and their aspirations for a career in steel.

ASD Market Panel
Service Centers Paying the Price
Steel prices are rising, supplies are tightening and demand is as uncertain as the economy. During a panel discussion at the Association of Steel Distributor’s January meeting in Detroit, steel industry veterans describe how their companies are coping with current conditions.

Fourth-Quarter Report and Outlook
All Eyes on the Price
In their fourth-quarter and year-end financial reports to analysts and investors, service center and mill executives discuss the effects—both positive and negative—of sharply rising prices and tight supplies of steel.

From the Editor's Desk
In the Midst of a Muddle,
Not the End of the World
By Tim Triplett,
Editor-in-Chief

Business Topics
Kuehl: Small Factors Have
Big Impact on Economy
By Dan Markham,
Senior Editor
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