March 2009

Copper Market Outlook
Sheer Badness

Auto, housing and electronics markets have been particularly hard hit by the poor economy, short-circuiting demand for wiring, electrical components, plumbing and other copper and brass products.

Service Center Sales Compensation Survey
Break-Even Year in ’08

2008 started out strong enough to soften the blow late in the year, but service center sales professionals face dicey demand in 2009.

MCN Roundtable: North American Steel Alliance
‘What’s the Forecast? We Just Don’t Know’
NASA members shared their views of the difficult steel market and their hopes for better times in the year ahead in the latest roundtable moderated by MCN Editor-in-Chief Tim Triplett.

MSCI Carbon Conference
Steel Won’t Feel Construction Stimulus Until 2010: Economist
Federal spending will shorten the recession, but real recovery for the construction sector won’t take hold until 2010 and beyond, says one leading forecaster.

Service Center Fourth-Quarter Report & Outlook
Positioning for a Very Different Year
High steel prices and solid demand early in 2008 sustained leading service centers through a disastrous fourth quarter. In their year-end financial reports to analysts and investors, service center executives describe how they are girding for a tough 2009.

From the Editor's Desk
Prepare Your Organization
for a Long, Slow Recovery
By Tim Triplett,
Editor-In-Chief

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